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Principal 'extremely delighted' as East Ham school repeats success

PUBLISHED: 13:24 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:40 18 August 2016

Ayesha Haque

Ayesha Haque

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One of the borough's best-performing schools has matched last year's success despite student numbers doubling.

Ronak PatelRonak Patel

East Ham’s Brampton Manor Academy, in Roman Road, managed a 96 per cent A*–C pass rate in A-levels this year.

Executive principal Dr Dayo Olukoshi said he was “extremely delighted” to see his students perform so well.

“Last year we had 80 students doing A-levels – this year it’s roughly 160,” he said.

“For them to achieve this result is testament to the hard work of the students, staff and parents.”

He added: “There’s no secret to our success – just raw determination and telling the students there’s no ceiling to what they can achieve.”

One star student whose hard work paid off was Ayesha Haque, 18, who got four A*s in chemistry, physics, maths and further maths.

“I’m really, really, really happy,” she said. “I didn’t know it’d go that well – I thought maybe I’d get two A*s.”

Ayesha – who lives in Park Avenue, East Ham – is off to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford to study maths, and hopes to work with coral reefs when she graduates.

“I love maths,” she said. “It’s just problem-solving, innit?

“At my interview, I had to figure out riddles – it was fun.”

Another student who managed a clean sweep of four A*s was Ronak Patel, who studied maths, further maths, physics and chemisty.

“No way did I expect these results,” Ronak said. “I knew I’d done well but I forgot about it during the holidays – I was thinking about clearing.”

That was not necessary for the 18-year-old, who lives in Tudor Road in Upton Park, as his first choice of Imperial College London accepted him to study maths.

“My parents will be very happy because I’m the first to go to university in the family,” he said, adding he wants to “make a lot of money in finance”.

He added: “I’m going to tell them I failed everything at first, obviously. Then I’ll tell them the truth.”

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