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Half of grades at Academy are A or A*

PUBLISHED: 18:05 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 18:05 18 August 2016

'Rivals' Reiss and Shupti are going to Cambridge and Oxford respectively.  Picture: Zoah Hedges-Stocks

'Rivals' Reiss and Shupti are going to Cambridge and Oxford respectively. Picture: Zoah Hedges-Stocks

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London Academy of Excellence sent nine pupils to Oxbridge this year, despite it only being their third A-level results day.

Rakan Ahad was left speechless by his results. Picture: Zoah Hedges-StocksRakan Ahad was left speechless by his results. Picture: Zoah Hedges-Stocks

The Stratford free school opened in 2012 and is celebrating a bumper crop of A-level results today.

Head master John Weeks said: “Our stellar results today, half of the grades were either A* or A, are a cause for real celebration.

He added: “I am particularly delighted that so many of our students who joined us from Newham secondary schools have secured places at Russell Group universities including Reiss and Supti, from Kingsford and Cumberland, who are going to Cambridge and Oxford. Education in Newham at secondary and sixth form level is clearly flourishing, and I am proud that LAE is playing a leading role in this.”

Reiss Akhtar, from Monmouth Road in East Ham, said he was “elated” to receive A*A*A in his exams. The 18-year-old will be studying History at the University of Cambridge - his childhood dream.

Reiss Akhtar, from Monmouth Road in East Ham, will be going to the University of Cambridge to read History in October. Picture: Zoah Hedges-StocksReiss Akhtar, from Monmouth Road in East Ham, will be going to the University of Cambridge to read History in October. Picture: Zoah Hedges-Stocks

“I have wanted to go to Cambridge sincie I was 10, so for it to finally happen is amazing.”

He originally applied to Downing College but received an offer from the more historic Gonville & Cauis instead in the application “pool”.

Reiss said he was more than happy with his alternative place: “When I googled it I was like “thank God I got pooled!””

I feel like it’s not real - I feel really overwhelmed, The wait for results is the worst part so for it to finally happen is comrsgl

The bright teenager intends to celebrate his success with some hard-earned comfort eating: “I’m just going to of out and eat cake!”

Shupti Akhtar, also 18, is going to Oxford and playfully refers to Reiss as her rival and also recieved two A*s and an A. She said: “I’m going to do History at St Hilda’s College. It’s amazing, I’m so excited to go. My parents are really excited too, they were quite shocked and we were really nervouus. I’m the first person in the family to go to Oxford.”

Rakan Ahad, from Queen’s Road in Plaistow, was equally struck by his A*A*A showing. “It’s really happening! It’s not gon in yet. My parents are very very happy. I have got nothing planned, I didn’t expect this at all. I’m still in a state of shock!”

Rakan is going to UCL to study maths.

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