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Individual student success 2019

Many students were overjoyed with their A Level and BTEC results as they nervously opened their envelopes on results day morning at college.

One student achieved 3 A*s, two students will be taking up places at Oxford University and three students will be studying Medicine or Dentistry at Medical Schools.

Principal Paul Wakeling was delighted with the results and said passes at A* and A, high grades A*-B and grades A-C were all excellent.

An impressive number of students have gained places at top universities or have secured higher apprenticeships or employment.

Some of our top performing students:

Abbie Morgan, formerly of Abbs Cross Academy, achieved an incredible 3 A* grades in Computer Science, Maths and Further Maths. She will be taking a gap year before applying to university to do Computer Science next year. Abbie said: “I’m very pleased – I was hoping for good grades but I wasn’t expecting these! I worked hard – I practically lived in the college IT rooms this year – and I used all my free periods to study and revise. I’m going to spend my gap year tutoring GCSE Maths in schools, so it will be nice to step down a bit from the rigours of A Level!”

Danielius Grabliauskas will be studying Engineering and Architectural Design at UCL after achieving a fantastic 2 A*s in Maths and Interior & Architectural Design, an A in Further Maths and a B in Physics. The former Hathaway Academy, Grays, student said he put everything he could into his studies and the long journey from his home in Thurrock was well worth it: “I’m so glad I came to this sixth form, it has been amazing. These results are much better than I had ever hoped for,” he said. Danielius wants to eventually work in the research of sustainability and architecture of residential homes.

Kaylah Lafeuillee achieved the highest possible grade of Triple Distinction* in the BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science. The former Ilford Grammar School student will now study Psychology at City, University of London. Kaylah, who was a Student Ambassador for the sixth form helping at Open Days and Parents Evenings, said she was extremely happy with her results but will be sad to leave college: “I’ve loved my time here, the teachers have been really supportive and I’ve made some great friends.” She added that her proud family were overjoyed with her results.

Joshua Ellis, formerly of Redden Court School, will be starting on an Engineering Apprenticeship in the Army or Navy, after achieving a Double Distinction* in BTEC Engineering, an A* in the EPQ and a B in Design Technology. Joshua also achieved a Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award while he was at college and now intends to complete the Gold Award. He said: “I enjoyed my courses and I want to use the practical skills I have acquired in Engineering in my future career.”

Charlee Wood achieved an A* in Criminology, a Distinction* in BTEC Law and an A grade in Sociology, enabling her to take up her place on a Policing degree at Coventry University, London. Charlee, formerly of Sanders School, then aims to study a Masters at St Mary’s University in Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime before starting a career at the National Crime Agency.  She was a student ambassador for the sixth form, helping at Open Events and Parents’ Evenings, and said she has had an amazing time at college. “I was so pleased with my results,” she said. “When I told my mum we both started crying!”

Rory Fitzroy, formerly of Royal Liberty School, will study Biomedical Science at Oxford University after gaining 2 A*s in Chemistry and Biology and 2 As in History and the EPQ. He eventually wants a career in medical research after gaining a Masters and PhD at Oxford. He said: “I can’t believe my results it hasn’t really sunk in yet – but I can now finally get some sleep and stop worrying!” Rory was part of our Medics Enrichment group and said his experience at college had been great. “The Medics group was a huge help, as was the support from careers staff in The CUBE,” he said.

Farah Bachar will study Medicine at Imperial College London, after gaining three A grades in Maths, Chemistry and Physics and a B in Biology. Following her Medical degree Farah hopes to be a heart surgeon. Part of our Medics Enrichment group, the former Ilford Grammar School student, said she studied every spare minute she had during her second year. “I have enjoyed my A Levels, but it has been very stressful. I have sacrificed my social life completely, but it has been worth it to get into Imperial.”

James Horsley will be going to the University of Surrey to study Politics after achieving three B grades in History, Sociology and Government & Politics. His success is remarkable considering that two weeks before the exams he suffered severe anxiety and was unsure whether he would even be able to sit his A Levels. James, formerly of Redden Court School, is an electric wheelchair user suffering from Quadreplegic Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. He said: “This is fantastic, I am over the moon I did not expect to do so well. I have had great support from the college and especially my subject teachers.”

Reem Sami achieved the top mark of Triple Distinction* in the BTEC in Applied Science and will be studying Children’s Nursing at King’s College, London. Formerly of Phoenix High School, Reem started college with only two passes in her GCSEs and spent her first year here resitting her Maths and Science GCSE exams along with another Level 2 BTEC qualification. She then went on to take the Level 3 Science BTEC and has achieved top grades. She said: “I didn’t expect to be able to achieve so highly when I joined the sixth form – it’s been amazing.”

Steven Gjegji, formerly of The Brittons Academy, achieved a fantastic 4 straight A grades in English Literature, Government & Politics, History and Law. Steven will be studying Law at the University of Durham.

Lauren Walsh will be starting a Legal Apprenticeship in the City at international Law firm Stephenson Harwood. Lauren, formerly of Eastlea Community School, achieved straight A grades in Psychology, Sociology and Law. She was delighted with her results, saying they were better than she had expected.

Marissa Adufo, formerly of Dagenham Park CofE School, will be studying Economics at Queen Mary’s University, after achieving straight A grades in Accounting, Maths and Psychology. She was very happy with her grades which were better than she expected.

Individual Student Success 2019