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A-level results: Newham Collegiate Sixth Form pupil set to study medicine with sister at Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 12:17 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:31 17 August 2017

Subatheena Vimalanathan has received top marks in her A-levels at Newham Collegiate Sixth Form. Picture: Nick Edwards

Subatheena Vimalanathan has received top marks in her A-levels at Newham Collegiate Sixth Form. Picture: Nick Edwards

Nick Edwards

Two Newham sisters will study medicine at Cambridge after the youngest got top marks in her A-levels at Newham Collegiate Sixth Form (NCS).

Students celebrate success in their A-level results at Newham Collegiate Sixth Form (NCS) in East Ham. Picture: Nick EdwardsStudents celebrate success in their A-level results at Newham Collegiate Sixth Form (NCS) in East Ham. Picture: Nick Edwards

Subatheena Vimalanathan, 18, is set to join her older sibling Kavimeela, 22, after scoring an A* in biology and As in chemistry, maths and physics.

Remarkably Subatheena, who will attend Imperial College, and Kavimeela, who currently studies at St Catherine’s College, are the first two from their family to win a place at university.

Subatheena said: “Who would have thought that both my sister and I would be studying medicine.

“It just shows that if you have the backing of your parents and teachers the opportunities that are given to you in this country are truly amazing.”

Her top marks are just one success story for NCS, headed up by headteacher and former City lawyer Mouhssin Ismail, where 95 per cent of students won places at Russell Group universities this year.

Nine youngsters are going to Oxbridge while Tafsia Shikdar, from West Ham, has won a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

MIT is one of the world’s most prestigious universities where astronaut Buzz Aldrin studied.

The talented teen scored A*s in chemistry, maths, further maths, biology and physics and is taking a degree in engineering.

She said: “I guess you could say I am over the moon. Knowing that I am going to the same place as the second man on the moon is really amazing.

“I really admire the people who went there. They are responsible for the biggest technology advances we have seen in recent years. It will be a privilege to be among them.”

Mr Ismail said: “If people around here see Tafsia has got into a place like MIT and nine of our pupils going to Oxbridge, then suddenly they believe it is possible for them and their children.


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