A-level Results Day 2018: Eastbrook headteacher bids farewell in retirement message as pupils react to exam results

PUBLISHED: 14:21 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:13 16 August 2018

Eastbrook School pupils Cinderela Pena, Ellie Roof, Luana Gomes Medalha, Cristian Trifian and Jeffery Onah  Picture: Eastbrook School

Eastbrook School pupils Cinderela Pena, Ellie Roof, Luana Gomes Medalha, Cristian Trifian and Jeffery Onah Picture: Eastbrook School

Eastbrook School

The headteacher of Eastbrook School bid her pupils a fond farewell today in a statement announcing her retirement from education.

Eastbrook School pupil Umama Khanom Picture: Eastbrook SchoolEastbrook School pupil Umama Khanom Picture: Eastbrook School

Valerie Dennis, who leads the Dagenham Road, Dagenham school, called A-level results day “one of the best days of the year for a headteacher” in the message, which did not include details of how her students had performed in their exams.

It added: “It is an honour to be there when the students open their envelopes and see the results of all of their hard work.

“For me this year, this is particularly poignant, as I am retiring from education after 12 years as the headteacher at Eastbrook School.

“I know that the students leaving today, will face future challenges and success with confidence. I would like to wish them all the best for the exciting futures that await them.

“Some are going to university, some are moving on to the new apprenticeships that are now available and some going straight into employment.

“It is wonderful to think that the future, film directors, nurses, midwives, lawyers and digital media experts will look back at their time at Eastbrook School with fond memories.”

For Luana Gomes Medalha, 18, results day came with a mixture of emotions.

“I could have done better,” she told the Post, describing her BDD grades in law, English and sociology, respectively.

She overcame disruption with her studies to gain a place at the University of West London, where she will read law.

“I want a career as a barrister in the future,” she added.

“I’m interested in the court system and to know more about our country and the people who live in it, because the law is everyone.”

Jeffrey Onah, meanwhile, is turning his attention to forensic science.

The 18-year-old now has a place at the University of Greenwich, having achieved a merit in applied sciences, a D in English literature and an E in health and social care.

He said he was attracted to the subject’s problem solving nature, adding: “I’d like to see things other people can’t.”

For 19-year-old Unama Khanom, her three B grades are welcome proof that exams are over — for now.

“I had exams during Eid, during the month of fasting,” said the future sociology student at Queen Mary University of London. “So I found that difficult.”

Asked how her pupils performed overall, headteacher Valerie said: “Please use the information you have. Our sixth form is very small and the statistics get devalued then.”

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