Returning to the classroom all adds up for Geoff

Published: September 16, 2017

Poor maths and English qualifications had been a constant stumbling block for Geoff Humphries as he sought to climb the career ladder in the motor trade.

Geoff Humphries, from Trench

Geoff Humphries, from Trench

But he is now hoping to launch a new career as a lecturer after going back to the classroom to improve his grades.

Geoff, 38, from Trench, spent 15 years as tyre controller at the Rybrook BMW motor dealership in Shrewsbury. Prior to that, he was at Chris Hardy Tyres at Hortonwood, and ATS in Oakengates.

He signed up on a GCSE maths and English refresher course at Telford College, as a mature student, and passed both exams with the new grade five.

He said: “Although I have been quite successful in my career, I found myself needing a new challenge – but my lack of focus in secondary education meant I left with rather undesirable GCSE grades.

“Poor maths and English GCSEs have been a constant stumbling block throughout my entire adult life, so returning to education was a must for me to be able to progress within any further education, or climb the corporate ladder.”

Telford College tutor David Fitchett, said he had seen Geoff’s confidence grow steadily.

“Geoff previously worked in the motor trade and had initially signed up to do a course in welding. He now plans to become a college lecturer himself, and decided to study both GCSE maths and English to help with this.

“He was initially a bit rusty with some of the basics in punctuation and grammar, but soon overcame this. By the end of the course he was engaging with sophisticated reading and writing, and had sharpened his skills significantly.

“Geoff gave a great presentation on his hobby of carp fishing, which he was able to use towards his overall assessment. He also wrote an excellent short story about a lighthouse keeper which impressed us all.”

Telford College celebrated its best-ever GCSE results this year, with particularly strong performances in maths and English. The number of students achieving A* to C grades – or 9-4 grades under the new system – was up nearly 19 per cent.

High grades were up by more than 25 per cent across the college’s two sites for English, and over 10 per cent for maths. Overall pass rates in maths and English topped 92 per cent

To anyone else considering signing up at Telford College to improve their GCSE maths and English grades, Geoff said: “Do it – don’t think about it, just do it learn everything you possibly can.”

Telford College is currently taking applications for anyone who wants to study GCSE English and maths. Those who don’t already have an A-C grade are likely to get the course for free. More details are available on 01952 642237.