Top performing A Level students set for bright futures
Smiling students continued to celebrate individual successes as A Level results were revealed.
Four Havering Sixth Form College students achieved an amazing 3 A*s or more and many others gained at least 2 A*s.
Principal Paul Wakeling was delighted with the overall pass rate which increased one per cent this year to 96%.
An impressive number of students have gained places at top universities or have secured apprenticeships or employment.
Individual Student Achievement at A Level, some of our top performing students:
Rajan Mistry, was the top performing student in College with 4 A*s in Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. The former Royal Liberty School student said he was ecstatic with his results. He said: “My results are a lot better than I thought. I really wasn’t expecting this. If it wasn’t for my Maths tutor Damian I wouldn’t have got these grades. He’s been fantastic. I’ve had a great time at College and I’ve found the people here are really down to earth and friendly. It has been two years of hard work but it has been worth it for these grades!” Rajan, from Romford, is off to Durham University to study Physics.
Aimee Murphy achieved a fantastic three A*s in Health & Social Care, Biology and Psychology and an A grade in Communication Studies. The former Gaynes School student who lives in South Ockendon, will be studying for a degree in Psychology at the University of Kent. She said: “I’m amazed but I’ve worked really hard. I brought my mum and sister along to open the envelope with me and they are so proud. In the last few months I have either been revising or eating! I did manage to have a social life too, otherwise you’d drive yourself crazy. It’s about getting the balance right.”
Oliver Pears is off to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath after achieving an A* grade in Maths and 3 A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Extended Project Qualification. Oliver, who lives in Romford, restarted at Havering Sixth Form College after an unsuccessful lower sixth year at Coopers’ Coborn School. It turned out to be the best decision for him. He said: “When I left Marshalls Park School I joined Coopers sixth form but at the end of the first year I’d only achieved CDDD in my AS Levels. I chose the wrong subjects and wasn’t enjoying the experience. When I restarted on different courses at Havering Sixth Form, I loved the subjects and found the increased freedom to learn here really suited me. I’ve enjoyed my time at College and I’m so glad I made the decision to restart here.”
Gemma Ben Salem
Gemma Ben Salem, has overcome major heart surgery to achieve 2 B grades in History and Fashion and a C grade in Psychology. Gemma, formerly of Bishop Challoner School in Tower Hamlets, discovered she was ill and needed an operation at the beginning of her upper sixth year. She said: “I was very sporty and used to do athletics and play basketball and then I was becoming breathless and fainting. The doctors found I had a hole in the heart and I had to have five weeks off College after open heart surgery. It was such a shock and I was worried about falling behind with my studies but I worked really hard to catch up when I got back and I am so pleased with the grades I have got.” Gemma is going to the University of Greenwich for a Foundation course in Art & Design before studying Fashion at Coventry University next year
Niji Rajesh, formerly of Plashet School, achieved 2 A*s in Government & Politics and Religious Studies and 2 B grades in English Language & Literature and Extended Project Qualification. These grades are a fantastic achievement for Niji, who lives in East Ham, because she started College with mainly Cs and Bs in her GCSE results. She worked extremely hard to smash her target grades of Cs in her A Levels to leave with A*s and Bs.
She said: “I was disappointed with my GCSEs so decided to push myself to get good A Levels. My two years of hard work have paid off. I kept going even though I was only getting Es in tests in my first year, and it has been a struggle but I’m so glad I stuck at it.” Niji is going to the University of Birmingham to study Philosophy.
Kristina Petkova achieved 2 A*s in Spanish and Fine Art, an A grade in Extended Project and a B grade in English Literature. She will be studying for a degree in Spanish & English Literature at the University of Edinburgh.
She said: “I have had a great time at College. I’ve made loads of friends and my lessons have been fun. I only moved to the UK from Bulgaria three years ago as my parents wanted a good education for me. I spoke some English but only what I had learnt at school. The whole family moved here and it has paid off. My parents are so proud of me and I am so happy.”
Ellie Giles will be starting an Ernst & Young Business Apprenticeship to take professional qualifications in Accountancy and Finance after achieving 2 A grades in Accounts and Maths and a B grade in History. The former Hall Mead School student who lives in Upminster, secured the job after seeking advice from staff in the College’s CUBE (Careers, University, Business Links and Employment).
She said: “I’m so happy with theses grades. I really struggled in the first year with Maths and was getting Ds and Es but my tutor Dan really helped and supported me. I’m looking forward to starting the EY Apprenticeship in September and can’t thank the staff in the CUBE enough. If I hadn’t gone there to ask for some advice about getting into employment, I wouldn’t have this job now! The staff gave me lots of information and helped with preparing me for the interviews and presentations I had to do.”
Grace Rovira has overcome adversity to achieve an A grade in Biology and two B grades in Anthropology and Chemistry. Grace, who attended Abbs Cross School and then the Havering Tuition Centre, has struggled with mental health issues and has received support and counselling at College. She was awarded the Joanna Pantelli Memorial Bursary at the College Awards Evening in May, and will be studying Anthropology at University College London (UCL).
Grace said: “The support here for me has been so good and has really helped me through. I wouldn’t have achieved so well if it wasn’t for the caring staff.”
Ayub Ali, formerly of Langdon Academy in East Ham, will be taking a gap year before going to University after achieving 3 straight A grades in Philosophy, English Literature and History.
Thomas Harris will be studying Mathematics at City University after achieving two A*s in Maths and Further Maths and a B grade in Biology. Thomas, who lives in Hornchurch, is a former pupil at The Albany School.
Ayla Ozbey will be studying Medicine at Hull York Medical School after achieving 3 A grades in Biology, History and Extended Project Qualification and a B grade in Chemistry. The former Connaught School for Girls pupil also worked hard for the College as a Student Ambassador for the two years she was here.
Read more about our top individual student successes here