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St Bonaventure's record 75 per cent A* to C grades

PUBLISHED: 09:08 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:52 18 August 2016

St Bonaventure's sixth form students (left to right) John Cabanus, Sabrina Odur, Danielle Ojutalayo, Acshayan Savundrar and Yasmin Hoque

St Bonaventure's sixth form students (left to right) John Cabanus, Sabrina Odur, Danielle Ojutalayo, Acshayan Savundrar and Yasmin Hoque

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Plenty of smiles and whoops of delight filled the hall at St Bonaventure's this morning where 75 per cent of students achieved grades A* to C in their A-level results.

Charlie Fink (left) achieved a B-tech distinction star and two distinctionsin in sports science while Anthony Onwuli (right) picked up A*s in maths, further maths and chemistry A-level, plus an A in physics at St Bonaventure'sCharlie Fink (left) achieved a B-tech distinction star and two distinctionsin in sports science while Anthony Onwuli (right) picked up A*s in maths, further maths and chemistry A-level, plus an A in physics at St Bonaventure's

A total of 20pc of the grades were A* and A at the school in Boleyn Road, Forest Gate, with many students being accepted into their first-place universities.

Acshayan Savundrara, 18, of Caledon Road, East Ham is off to the University of Warwick to study computing with management next month, having achieved As in maths, media and computer science.

Despite making plenty of cut-backs to fit in his six hours of revision a day, he was delighted to have proved the doubters wrong.

“No one would thought I would be able to get three As,” he said.

“Everyone said I couldn’t do it but that’s what motivated me to work hard.”

Ben Adu-Poku, 18, of Oberon Court, East Ham, was delighted to be picking up an A* in sociology and Bs in business and politics, putting his success down to faith.

He will now study human resources at the University of Leicester.

“I’m really shocked,” he said. “I can’t believe it all, I really wasn’t confident coming here this morning.

“Year 13 has been really hard, but my faith in God has got me through it.

“It’s helped me realise that there’s always a plan for me.”

Despite the results, headteacher Paul Halliwell insists the. future of his students is the key thing to consider

“The difference between GCSE and A-levels is that with A-levels the headline figures are not the most important thing on the day,” he said.

“It’s about what our students are going to do with the rest of their lives.

“In the past we’ve had students get great results and not get into the universities of their choice.

“It seems though that this year most of our students are going to their first-choice universities with less students having to wait around and have that conversation with UCAS.

“We’re very proud though. We’ve had some fantastic young people who have worked very, very hard.”

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