75-year-old great-grandfather scores A in Spanish IGCSE

PUBLISHED: 13:00 05 September 2018

Ken Uglow, 75, who got an A grade in IGCSE Spanish.    


Ken Uglow, 75, who got an A grade in IGCSE Spanish. Picture: MARK ATHERTON


A 75-year-old man has shown you are never too old to learn something new after gaining an A grade at IGCSE.

Ken Uglow, 75, who got an A grade in IGCSE Spanish.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONKen Uglow, 75, who got an A grade in IGCSE Spanish. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Ken Uglow, from Weston, took on the challenge to learn Spanish in a year after paying a visit to his brother and sister-in-law in Spain.

After signing up to an online classroom, Ken decided to push himself further and sign up for the international GCSE exam at Taunton College.

The great-grandfather said: “I go and visit my brother in Spain and speak to their friends and they all speak wonderful English but I was totally inadequate.

“I linked up with a lady in Spain called Adriana Huerte who I started Skyping two times a week for lessons.

“I sat my first exam in April and then a reading, writing and listening exam in June.

“I sat with the young kids from the school and they were all looking at me curiously.

“We were waiting for the last child to arrive and I was chatting to them and they said things must have changed since I started school. I told them back then biros had not been invented yet, I had to use an ink well and nib.”

Ken already held four O-levels and was sitting the exam 59 years after he had sat for those exams.

He now aspires to do his AS level and A-level in Spanish.

Ken told the Mercury he decided to take the exams in a bid to ‘keep his brain active’.

He added: “If I can do it, anyone can – just don’t wait until you are 75 years old like I did.”

Ken stood among many 16 year olds to collect his grade on GCSE results day on August 23.

He said: “When I opened the exam envelope on the Thursday and saw I got an A I was totally amazed and incredibly proud.

“When Adriana congratulated me, I told her she also deserves congratulations for being such a fantastic teacher.”

However, Ken said he was shocked the GCSEs are described as being ‘easier’, calling it an ‘insult’.

He added: “To imply it is easy is ridiculous because I worked hard and I am sure every student at whatever age they sit the exam has.

“We have got these grades and for the youngsters to read daily that the exams have somehow been weakened is an insult. I never felt strongly about it before but now I am.”

Ken is now putting what he learned into practice while visiting his family in Spain.

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