GCSE Results Day 2018: Cumberland School pupil overcomes insomnia to achieve top English literature grade

PUBLISHED: 13:59 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:59 24 August 2018

Stella Adebona (right) with friend Rosa Da Costa Silvia and their results. Picture: Tom Barnes

Stella Adebona (right) with friend Rosa Da Costa Silvia and their results. Picture: Tom Barnes


A Cumberland School pupil achieved a 9 in English literature despite being plagued by insomnia.

Stella Adebona failed all her mocks because she couldn’t sleep at night, and worried she wouldn’t be able to take A-levels in the subjects she wanted.

But thanks to a strict schedule, she came out with a 9 in English literature and 7 in English language.

She said: “I couldn’t sleep at all while doing my mocks and it really affected me. I got really bad marks because I could barely write, I was so tired.

“I started being really strict with myself by drinking green tea every night and I always stopped revising at 9pm so I could go to bed after an hour relaxing.

“And it worked – I’m so happy it all paid off.”

The Plaistow school saw an eight per cent rise in students passing their English and maths GCSEs from last year, with 60 pc achieving 9 to 4s.

In May, the school joined the Community Schools Trust, an academy trust which also runs Forest Gate Community School. FGCS had the sixth best GCSE results in the country last year.

Headteacher Gillian Dineen said: “I’m absolutely delighted for the students.

“Our students are determined and ambitious and for so many of them, today is a very good day.

“While our results have improved significantly, we are will continue to strive for improvement.”

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