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Sara Odeen-Isbister , Senior Reporter
Thursday, August 16, 2012
A pupil is off to Cambridge to study Japanese after teaching herself the language using the internet.
Rebecca Paterson, from Sydney Russell School, picked up A* A-Levels in Japanese, psychology, and English literature and an A in maths.
The 18-year-old began learning Japanese four years ago through websites and forums after becoming interested in the country’s culture.
“It’s so different from what I know and I loved the idea of jumping into the unknown,” she said.
Rebecca, who has also taught herself some Korean, secured a spot at Cambridge University and hopes to become an interpretor.
She was delighted with results: “I can’t believe it - I’m shocked. I didn’t think I was going to do this well.”
Fellow Sydney Russell pupil Nataliya Redcenko, 18, said she cried after learning her spot at Reading University to read law had been secured. “My mum cried too. It feels amazing - I’m so happy,” she told the Post.
Nataliya, who walked away with two As and two Bs, moved from her native Lithuania in 2008 and has only been speaking English for four years.
Clare Cross, head of sixth form, said the Dagenham school was incredibly proud of all its students.
“The results are fantastic and represent a huge amount of hard work and dedication of the students, teachers and parents.”