STUDENTS who struggled at school are celebrating college exam results which will change their lives thanks to an innovative approach to learning that even involved a hypnotherapist.

English and maths lecturers at Darlington College were rewarded with GSCE results 25 and 16 per cent better than last year respectively.

The results came against a backdrop of overall grades being based completely on examinations, with no reference to coursework, and a different marking regime replacing A* to G with grades 9 to 1.

Hypnotherapist Jaime Kelly was used to counsel students helping them overcome exam stress by offering training in breathing techniques and meditation.

Many students passed their maths and English after failing up to twice at school, but gained results as high as grade 6.

One student, who struggled to even pick up a pen and didn’t believe she could ever have a successful career, secured a university place to read business after studying at Darlington College.

“Our solid team of dynamic lecturers have thrown everything at it this year and everyone is reaping the rewards,” said senior English lecturer Gemma Chapman.