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Children’s Commissioner Visits Harlow College

Dame Rachel De Souza DBE, Children’s Commissioner for England, visited the College on Thursday 30th September, where she spoke to young people about some of the issues they have been facing since the pandemic began in early 2020.

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Dame Rachel De Souza, Children's Commissioner for England, speaking to college students

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Vocational learners set the bar for exam results

At this time of year the focus is traditionally on A Level and GCSE results, but thousands of vocational learners at Harlow College and Stansted Airport College have been achieving excellent results, despite having to study under incredibly challenging circumstances due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

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Testing, testing! Local volunteers help students back to campus

Rainbow volunteers

We were delighted to welcome back students onto both our Harlow and Stansted Airport College campuses from 8th March as part of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, although this did present us with the challenge of how to safely administer up to 3,000 Covid-19 tests for students, many of whom would have been naturally anxious about returning to classes after such a long period in lockdown.

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A Level students shine through gloom of pandemic

Despite having to work under incredibly challenging circumstances due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, our students have still recorded some fantastic results this year. A Level students have achieved a 99% pass rate for the fourth year in a row with an 11% increase in students gaining A*-B grades compared to both 2020 and 2019 exam years. The A*-B pass rate was 52% while the A*-C pass rate was 76%.

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Pedal Power Helps Student Beat The COVID Blues

Shiv Kalsi

A Stansted Airport College student, whose usual coach route to college was cancelled due to covid-19, was so determined to get to his first face-to-face lesson in over three months that he took to his bike and cycled the 32 miles from his home in Ilford to attend class.

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