Jack wants to inspire others with his own success

A Mansfield student is hoping his story will inspire others who feel they cannot achieve their academic dreams not to give up on their aspirations.

Jack Dearden left school with no GCSEs after he struggled to understand some of the material in the different subjects he had been learning.

Jack Dearden with his tutor Libby Butterworth-Smith. Photo: Colin Walls

Jack Dearden with his tutor Libby Butterworth-Smith. Photo: Colin Walls

He had almost given up when he decided to enrol on a study programme with Inspire Learning.

Inspire Learning offer study programmes in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and the Education Skills Funding Agency at nine dedicated centres countywide, where students study a range of recognised qualifications, along with maths and English (Functional Skills and/or GCSE)

Students can also take part in work experience placements and enhance their CVs by taking part in group-based community placements as part of their learning.

Jack said: “I chose a study programme because I felt I needed an environment where I could comfortably learn subjects and steadily work my way up through support coming from the tutors and other staff members.”

Building his confidence throughout the study programme Jack decided to continue his learning following successful completion of functional skills in English, and by working towards GCSE English Language.

He continued: “I was inspired to progress to the GCSE English Language because I had been doing my very best successfully with the functional skills English course.

”I started to really enjoy maths and English because I was learning so much, it became enjoyable.

“The course has helped me in a very positive way, with help and support from the staff during the revision sessions, not giving up, always keep trying my best with confidence whilst remaining positive, and studying really hard, has made a huge difference in helping me to achieve my goals and passing the course.”

Jack was a runner-up in the learner of the year category at the recent Inspire Awards, he achieved a four in maths and a five in English, and is now working part time at local company Linneys, where he completed a work placement as part of his course.

When asked what advice he would say to anyone else who didn’t get any GCSEs this year, or didn’t get the grades they had hoped for, he said: ““Once you start your GCSE revisions, and from the beginning of the academic year, always do your very best and work your hardest, never give up.

“Like me, if you continue trying your best, with confidence and determination, then I know you will do well.”