Newham A-levels: Girls grab top grades at Forest Gate sixth form

Mia Smith, who was awarded an A* and two A's will now go on to study classics at Oxford University

Mia Smith, who was awarded an A* and two A's will now go on to study classics at Oxford University - Credit: Archant

Girls showed the boys how it’s done yet again as the A Levels results were announced today as 80.9 per cent of them achieved A* to C grades at one sixth form.

The boys at St Angela’s and St Bonaventure’s Sixth Form, Forest Gate, are catching up though with 74.1 per cent of them achieving the same grades.

The Recorder joined the 17-and-18-year-old students at the school in St George’s Road for the most nail-biting day of their lives so far.

“The saddest thing for me is that the anticipation is over,” said Yewande Mary Awojobi (A*A*A), from Canning Town, who is off to Warwick to study Law.

“I was nervous about everything but I was also looking forward to this day because I’ve earned this. And now it’s all over.”

Top performer in the sixth form was Head Girl Mia Smith (AAA*) who is off to study Classics at Oriel College, Oxford.

The brainy academic from Plaistow said: “It was just something I was really interested in. I could have studied Classics for A Level somewhere else but I wanted to stay at this sixth form so I had to do a lot of extra reading around the subject.

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“The Maths exam was horrible - I have never felt so disheartened after an exam - but it all turned out to be fine!”

Two families are set to produce their first doctors after two young women, Habeeba Mallu (A*BB) and Hannah Yonis (AAA), got the grades they needed to study medicine.

Habeeba, from Forest Gate, found she had to adjust very quickly to a new environment after she joined the Catholic sixth form from independent Quwwat-Ul-Islam Girls School nearby.

But, after shadowing doctors at the Royal London Hospital and Newham University Hospital and mentoring from her teachers, she won a place at Queen Mary University.

She said: “I decided I wanted to be a doctor after seeing their day-to-day lives on work experience and I have a great desire to help people and make a difference.”

Hannah (AAA) did her work experience at University College London Hospital and a local care home.

She is off to Kings College London to study medicine but she will be staying at home with her family in Forest Gate for the first year of university.

Bilingual Laura Machmudova (AAA) speaks her native Lithuanian at home with her family in Plaistow and she is looking forward to adding Spanish and Italian to her repertoire at the University of Bath.

She said: “I’m really excited. As soon as I saw the university, I knew I wanted to go there. I hope to learn Greek as well.”

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