East Durham College equine Lecturer Laura Dodds, Courtney Kennedy and East Durham College functional skills lecturer, Lynn Kelly

Student’s Improvement In Maths And English Skills Calls For Prize

An East Durham College student has been named the winner of a brand new iPhone 6 after improving their maths and English skills during the year. 

To encourage students studying on level 1 & 2 functional skills courses to improve their maths and English skills, East Durham College run a competition where every student that improved their score by 5 percentage points from their September test, would be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win an iPhone.


The lucky winner of the competition was Houghall campus; equine studies student, Courtney Kennedy, 16, from Bishop Auckland. 


Courtney, couldn’t believe she had won the prize and was proud that her hard work in maths throughout the past year had paid off. 


Courtney said: “I have worked really hard since joining the college in September to improve my maths and English skills and with the help of the staff at the college I have managed to do that.


“It was a huge surprise to find out that I had won this prize from the college, it’s a great prize!”


East Durham College, functional skills maths teacher, Lynn Kelly, added: “Congratulations to Courtney on winning this fantastic prize from the college.


“We felt this competition was a great way to help motivate students to give their all to a very important subject area that will help them with all aspects of life going forward in the future.


“Courtney has worked really hard on her maths across this year and this prize is very well deserved.


“The students on functional skills have done really well this year, we have seen some brilliant results and improvements in maths and English during the past year.”


For more information on courses in maths and English at East Durham College, please contact our student services team on 0191 518 8222.