Newham Collegiate celebrate ‘outstanding’ first results
PUBLISHED: 11:29 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:54 18 August 2016
The borough’s newest sixth form centre is celebrating its first ever set of A-level results this mornings.
More than two thirds of students at Newham Collegiate Sixth (NCS) Form Centre, 77 per cent, achieved A* to Bs with 96pc recording A* to C grades.
Bilal Saleem, 18, of Rosebery Avenue, Manor Park, and Indre Marciulynaite, of Varley Road, both bagged A*s in biology, chemistry and maths.
Despite narrowly missing out on places to study medicine, both were delighted with their results and hopeful of securing places elsewhere in the coming weeks.
“Obviously this time it wasn’t meant to be, but we’ve done exceptionally well,” said Bilal.
“I’m so, so, so happy that all the hard work has finally paid off.
“It’s been tough and I’ve had to make a lot of sacrifices but if you want to achieve anything you have to put in the effort.”
Indre added: “These results will hopefully open a few doors.
“I’ll ring round universities and try and get a place and then finally I’ll relax, probably through a meal with my family.
“It’s quite a tough system.”
Zereena Arsahd, 18, of Halley Road, Forest Gate, secured her place at Oxford University with As in History, politics and English literature.
She will now study English literature and language.
“I feel like all my wildest dreams have all come true,” she said.
“I really didn’t think I’d be able to do this so I’m just so grateful to all the teachers that have helped me through it.
“There have been a lot of ups and downs – it’s been really difficult at time – but I’m so happy to have got through it.”
Samiya Malik, 18, from Romford, really felt the pressure she went to her first-choice university the London School of Economics (LSE) last month to see sister Sana, 22, graduate.
Thankfully she will now follow in her sibling’s footsteps after achieving As in history, economics and psychology.
“I was really scared coming in this morning because I didn’t check UCAS first,” she said.
“When I went to LSE to see my sister graduate I felt pretty nervous but I’m really relieved now – it’s a bit of a family thing.
“I just want to take some time to let it sink in now.”
Across the collegiate, which opened in 2014, 32pc of grades were A* and A with two students now preparing for Oxbridge universities.
“This is a very special day for the NCS,” said principal Mouhssin Ismail.
“These outstanding A-level results reflect the tremendous commitment, ambition and hard work of our remarkable students and are a tribute to their efforts.
“However, they could not have been achieved without the fantastic work of our expert, dedicated A-Level staff who from the very first day of the NCS have provided our students with the highest quality teaching, inspiration, support and care.
“We are also indebted to colleagues at our partner schools and the local authority for their continued commitment and support.”
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