Two Hemel students have been commended for their results after collecting their GCSEs at Oaklands College in St Albans and are set to follow their dreams of becoming nurses.
Denise Allen, who achieved a B in English, has worked as a healthcare assistant for 16 years and can now study the Access To HE Nursing course.
She said: “I was really shocked because I panicked in the exam and thought I hadn’t done well but now I can progress my career and I’m really pleased.”
Meanwhile Daniel Kitchener, 22, played semi-professional football at school and didn’t focus on his exams.
After an injury ended his football career, he began working as a healthcare assistant.
He told the Gazette: “Today I got an A in English and two Bs in maths and science, meaning I can now study the Access To HE Nursing course and I’m another step closer to my dream of working as a paediatric nurse.”
Oaklands principal Zoe Hancock said: “For many of our students, not having the right GCSE results mean they can’t move on in education or get the career we want.
“We’re very proud of our students for achieving the grades they need to move forward.”