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A-level Results Day 2018: Record number of students at London Academy of Excellence get into top universities

PUBLISHED: 11:34 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:35 16 August 2018

Proud mum Sian with London Academy of Excellence student Charlotte James-Hodson who got straight A*s in chemistry, biology and maths. Pic: JON KING

Proud mum Sian with London Academy of Excellence student Charlotte James-Hodson who got straight A*s in chemistry, biology and maths. Pic: JON KING

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A record number of students at the London Academy of Excellence have got into top universities.

Louis Baxter, 18, from Manor Park, is off to Cambridge to study history after getting A*AA in his A-levels. Pic: JON KINGLouis Baxter, 18, from Manor Park, is off to Cambridge to study history after getting A*AA in his A-levels. Pic: JON KING

It might have been raining outside, but inside the Stratford based selective sixth form there were plenty of smiles as youngsters peeled open their results envelopes.

This year 90 per cent of grades were A*-B while 60pc were the top grades A*-A. The average grade was an A, according to the school.

Of LAE’s students, 70pc have English as an additional language with 40pc eligible for free school meals.

Proud headmaster Scott Baker said: “I would like to commend all students on their fantastic achievements.

Nasar Siddiqui from Forest Gate is off the Cambridge to study veterinary medicine. Pic: JON KINGNasar Siddiqui from Forest Gate is off the Cambridge to study veterinary medicine. Pic: JON KING

“LAE’s students have once again shown that relative social and economic disadvantage need not be a barrier to aspiration, achievement and success.”

In total 22 students – one in 10 of the upper sixth – secured offers for places at Oxford or Cambridge.

Louis Baxter, from Manor Park, got A*AA grades and will be the first generation of his family to go to university, studying history at Cambridge.

On seeing his results, Louis said: “I was half asleep. I thought, this is real now. I didn’t expect it to happen. After all that hard work it’s an amazing feeling.”

Students receive their A-level results at London Academy of Excellence in Stratford. Pic: JON KINGStudents receive their A-level results at London Academy of Excellence in Stratford. Pic: JON KING

On the secret of his success, the 18-year-old – who helped lead the school’s LGBTQ+ network – said that having a love of his subject helped him get the results he wanted.

For fellow student Charlotte James-Hodson her straight A*s in chemistry, biology and maths came as a great relief.

The 18-year-old – who beat cancer when she was in year seven of secondary school – said: “I do feel proud of myself. There’s a lot of relief. I’ve always been driven. The teachers have helped me get the grades I want and pushed me to improve.”

On what kept her going through months of study, perfectionist Charlotte explained that the positivity demonstrated by her mum Sian and friends during her illness meant she kept believing in herself.

With dreams of being a doctor, Charlotte plans to take a gap year and apply for medical school in October.

Nasar Siddiqui, who lives in Forest Gate – was happy with three As and an A*, but said he could do better.

“I was expecting more, but I’m happy I got into the university of my choice,” he said.

The 18-year-old is off to Cambridge to study veterinary medicine.

Asked how his parents reacted, Nasar said: “They were extremely happy and proud.”

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