Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College
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“When I found out I didn’t pass all my GCSEs I was a bit nervous. I didn’t get English.”

Sam, aged 17

Studying: Aircraft Maintenance at The MET

Went to: Tanbridge House School, Horsham

Qualifications obtained at school: 6 GCSEs

“If you don’t get all your GCSEs you have nothing to worry about. I came to college missing one of the GCSEs I needed, others came missing a few more pieces, if not most of them, and others arrived with stellar grades that far exceeded mine.

It mainly comes down to showing you are willing and enthusiastic. Grades are just numbers really. If you believe in what you want to do, honestly there shouldn’t be anything that can stop you.

When I found out I didn’t pass all my GCSEs I must admit I was a little bit nervous because I didn’t get English, but the college was really understanding and explored options with me.”

He is sharing his story as part of The MET's #NoStressSuccess campaign on the YMCA Right Here 'FindGetGive' mental health support website for 12-25 year-olds at

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