EASTLEIGH College has been shortlisted for a national education award after being recognised for its excellence in GCSE re-sits.

The sixth form college was shortlisted for the "Outstanding GCSE resits provision" award at the Times Education Supplement's 2020 Further Education Awards.

These awards recognise outstanding contributions and achievements from individuals and institutions from across the further education sector.

Paul Cox, Chief Executive of Eastleigh College, said: “We are delighted that the college has received this recognition for the quality of our teaching and learning, as well as our superb outcomes last summer. We support school-leavers who still need to achieve GCSEs English, maths, or both subjects, alongside their professional and technical education and training.

“We have a dedicated team of English and maths teachers who teach in a way that engages learners by using a variety of innovative approaches and techniques that truly inspire. We’re very proud of our learners who work hard to achieve such great GCSE results each summer, allowing them to continue to thrive whether this be with us, at university, an apprenticeship or full time work.”

Last year, the college excelled with GCSE outcomes above the national average, and achieved over double the national average for maths, while also offering their range of higher courses and apprenticeships.

Etienne Nichols, 17, gained his maths GCSE last summer while studying engineering at the college, and described them as "super supportive".

He said: "I want to pursue a career in engineering with a Higher Apprenticeship so was gutted when I didn’t get my maths at school. Eastleigh College were super supportive, they offered me a place giving me the opportunity to retake my GCSE maths while studying engineering. Some days I didn't get home till 10pm, it was worth it though!”

The winners of The Times Education Awards will be revealed at a gala awards evening at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London in March.