A-levels: NewVIc students celebrate exam success

16:50 14 August 2014

NewVIc students celebrate with principal Eddie Playfair

NewVIc students celebrate with principal Eddie Playfair


Students at NewVIc have celebrated good grades in both A-level and vocational exams.

NewVIc student Aqsa AhmedNewVIc student Aqsa Ahmed

Of the 899 students receiving exam results, 404 were eagerly anticipating A Levels.

These included Aqsa Ahmed, who received AAA in English literature, sociology and pyschology, results which she said she was really pleased with.

She will be heading to King’s College London to study English language and literature, but added: “I’ll be living at home - I’ll miss the home cooking too much.”

Another of the Plaistow college’s high flyers was William Shepherd.

NewVIc student William ShepherdNewVIc student William Shepherd

His grades of AAA in maths, further maths and computing have earned him a place studying computer science at the University of Southampton.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to getting out of London and going somewhere else.

“What I’m going to study is a lot about computers but there’s some maths involved too.”

Despite both his parents and two of his grandparents having been to university, William said he didn’t feel any pressure to apply for a place.

NewVIc student Razia LabibaNewVIc student Razia Labiba

He added: “They’d have accepted it whatever I wanted to do.”

With the proportion of passes rising from 94 to 96 per cent, and the number of A*-B grades increasing by 5pc to 33pc, the college is confident it can improve last year’s result of sending 767 students to university.

It isn’t just academic subjects that can pave the way to higher education, as principal Eddie Playfair is keen to point out.

“Vocational subjects can be a good way on to a vocational degree,” he said.

“Our students are just as ambitious, if not more ambitious, as those in the rest of the country, and I’m really proud of them.”

One of those following such a route is Razia Labiba, who studied for a BTEC in mechanical engineering.

She was elated to receive a triple starred distinction, the highest possible grade, and will be heading to Brunel University to study for a masters in mechanical engineering with aeronautics.

“When I was little, I used to take things apart to see how they worked,” she explained when discussing her choice of degree.

Her achievement of a top grade is made all the more remarkable by the fact that English is not her first language.

“I came from Bangladesh four years ago,” she said. “Nobody taught me English, I picked it up myself from listening to other people.”

She is one of 495 students to receive results for a vocational subject, and one of 64 to receive the top grade.

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