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GCSE Results Day: Success for Eastlea Community School student who locked her phone away for a month while she revised

PUBLISHED: 15:52 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:13 23 August 2018

Andreea-Denisa Ciubotaru gave up her phone for a month so she could concentrate on revising. Pic: Tom Barnes

Andreea-Denisa Ciubotaru gave up her phone for a month so she could concentrate on revising. Pic: Tom Barnes

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A student who persuaded her headteacher to lock away her phone for a month so she could concentrate on revising for her GCSEs has achieved an improvement on her predicted grades.

Andreea-Denisa Ciubotaru's grades improved after she locked her mobile phone away. Pic: Joe NewmanAndreea-Denisa Ciubotaru's grades improved after she locked her mobile phone away. Pic: Joe Newman

Just over a year ago, Andreea-Denisa Ciubotaru, a student at Eastlea Community School in Canning Town, was warned that she faced failing her exams because of her addiction to her smartphone.

The Snapchat-loving selfie taking teenager found herself constantly distracted whilst trying to study.

So in a desperate bid to achieve the results she needed to get into sixth form, she persuaded her headmaster Stephen Gillatt to lock it away before she started her exams.

Her tactic paid off as she achieved 7, 6 and 5s so has secured the grades needed to go to study A-levels in government and politics, criminology and sociology at Havering Sixth Form.

She said: “I’m so happy, I really didn’t think this would be possible.

“A while ago, I was going through a really bad phase and constantly getting rubbish grades.

“I knew I needed to step it up in order to get my results and do something.

“So I went into school and told them that I wanted them to lock my phone in the safe.

“I think they thought I was joking but I was deadly serious.

“My mum didn’t believe that I would stick to it but I knew I had too.

“And after the first few days, it helped a lot. I actually had the time to study and I wasn’t getting distracted.

“lthough it meant I had no idea what was going on with my friends.”

Mr Gillatt said: “I thought Andreea was joking when she said she wanted to lock her phone in a safe at school.

“But it’s a testament to how determined she was to achieve her results.

“She should be very proud of herself.”

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