• Studied: GCSE English and Mathematics
My teachers have given me all the support I needed

Lily has completed her GCSE English and Mathematics qualifications at Blackburn College, achieving a Grade 5 in English and a Grade 5 in Maths. Congratulations, Lily!

Lily said: “I joined Blackburn College in September 2019 just after my 15th birthday as part of the Moving On project. I chose to study at the College after being home-schooled for the previous seven years. I wanted to take my GCSEs and further my education in sports and thanks to the project I found a way to do this without having to enter a mainstream school.

Since the age of nine, I have trained in Figure Skating Singles and Ice Dance as part of the Team GB Development Squad at Blackburn Ice Arena and have become a three-time British Solo Ice Dance Champion.

“I was always happy to be able to skate and be home-schooled, it worked out really well for me. But during the summer of 2019 I made the decision that I wanted to return to education so that I could take the GCSEs I needed to eventually go to university and gain the qualifications for pursuing a career within high level sports.

“I may also look at the possibility of gaining a scholarship to attend a university abroad where I can also have access to excellent training facilities and coaching for my skating.”

She added: “Because I am 15, I am the youngest student in the College but I have never found this to be a problem. I have felt fully supported by the Moving On team and all of my tutors and I have also made lots of new friends.

“Alongside my Maths and English GCSEs I have studied BTEC Level 1 in Sports. Although my timetable at College was full, I have also been able to combine it easily with my training as the rink and campus are within walking distance.

I started College with a good level of knowledge but soon realised that I had some gaps of knowledge in the curriculum, so I have had to work really hard to plug those gaps and my teachers have given me all the support I needed to do that. Little did I know that this year there would be no actual exams due to Coronavirus and lockdown!

“During lockdown, my teachers kept in contact with me and we kept to a normal timetable. We continued to work on improving any weaknesses and I completed many more mock exam papers which allowed me to fully complete the courses.”

“I will be returning to College in September 2020 still a year younger than my peers with two GCSEs already completed a year early. I will be continuing my further education in sports,” said Lily.

“I’d like to say thank you to my tutor Dan for all his help and support, as well as my teachers Sarah, Nick, Jo, Rachel and Jenn. I also want to thank Linda and Sarah from the Moving On project.”