A-level results: Oxbridge calling for bright Newham teens

Nilufa Ahmed

Nilufa Ahmed - Credit: Archant

The hallowed halls of Oxford and Cambridge are calling for a group of bright students.

Hope Oloye

Hope Oloye - Credit: Archant

At Brampton Manor Academy Sixth Form, five students won places at Oxford or Cambridge.

Nilufa Ahmed, 18, of Hatherley Gardens, is off to Girton College, Cambridge to study geography after getting 3 A*s in geography, economics and English literature.

But for her, it was about more than just getting into a top university – she also had to persuade her parents to allow her to follow her heart.

Nilufa explained: “My mum said, ‘why are you thinking about doing geography? You’ll never get a job with that. Study medicine or science.’

Meron Esere

Meron Esere - Credit: Archant

“But the school encouraged me to study what I loved – and they eventually succeeded in convincing my parents.

She will be the first person in her family to go to university, and credits the school for helping her get there.

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“I feel so blessed to have come here. If I’d gone to any other school, this wouldn’t have happened.”

For Meron Esere, 18, from Plaistow, who is going to Lady Mary Hall, Oxford, medicine was always what she wanted to do.

Nabeela Zaman is the latest London Academy of Excellence student to head to Oxford

Nabeela Zaman is the latest London Academy of Excellence student to head to Oxford - Credit: Archant

“Ever since I was 15, I’ve been completely focused on being a doctor,” she said.

And with A*s in biology and chemistry, and an A in maths, her dream has now been realised.

“The interview at Oxford was very hard – the questions were so random.

“But I’d like to say thanks to the head, Dayo Olukoshi, who was also my chemistry teacher – he’s a really good guy.”

Samad Choudhury will be studying at Cambridge University

Samad Choudhury will be studying at Cambridge University - Credit: Archant

Another Brampton Manor success story is Hope Oloye, 18, of East Ham, who will be studying biology at Pembroke College, Oxford.

She got A*s in biology and chemistry and an A in maths, and hopes one day to work in research.

“It took so much work – all my time and energy went into this,” she said.

“I couldn’t sleep last night, but now I’m just so relieved. I still can’t believe it.”

Across the borough, Nabeela Zaman will be trading Beckton for Oxford.

The 18-year-old will be heading to University College to study Chinese next month.

“I’m really happy,” she said.

Nabeela was among the high achievers at the London Academy of Excellence, gaining A grades in English literature, religious studies and Mandarin Chinese.

“I’ve developed a great admiration for Chinese culture having visited Beijing briefly in 2012, and have always been fascinated by the intricate nature of the Chinese language, which is why I am delighted to read this unique subject at Oxford in the newly built China Centre,” she said.

Samad Choudhury from St Angela’s Ursuline Sixth Form will be making his way to Cambridge University in September after gaining an A* in psychology and A grades in history and English literature.

The 18-year-old, who will be studying Human, Social & Political Sciences, said he was “relieved” after receiving his results.

“The time between sitting your exams and getting your results is so stressful so I’m just feeling relieved and very happy to be going to Cambridge,” he added.

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