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A-level Results Day 2018: Sydney Russell School in Dagenham sees student overcome anxiety to land place at Cambridge

PUBLISHED: 16:01 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:01 16 August 2018

Amanda Davd, who achieved A*s in sociology, psychology and an EPQ project, an A in geography, and will be studying at Cambridge come September. Picture: Paul Bennett

Amanda Davd, who achieved A*s in sociology, psychology and an EPQ project, an A in geography, and will be studying at Cambridge come September. Picture: Paul Bennett

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A Sydney Russell student overcame her struggle with anxiety to land a place at Cambridge on A-level results day.

Harry Reeves earned £300 in a bet with his mother after achieving an A* in maths, A in further maths and Bs in physics and chemistry.  Picture: Paul BennettHarry Reeves earned £300 in a bet with his mother after achieving an A* in maths, A in further maths and Bs in physics and chemistry. Picture: Paul Bennett

Amanda Davd from Dagenham achieved three A*s and an A in her results today.

The 18-year-old will be going on to study human social health sciences at Cambridge University in September.

“I’m literally over the moon,” she said.

“I feel stress free, it’s finally all over.

Yassin Kamarva will be studying law at Warwick having achieved As in history, politics and English literature. Picture: Paul BennettYassin Kamarva will be studying law at Warwick having achieved As in history, politics and English literature. Picture: Paul Bennett

“I can’t wait to start a new chapter in life.”

Amanda struggled with anxiety during her time at the school in Parsloes Avenue, but she said she’ll start having more confidence after today’s results.

“I spent a lot of the summer stressing,” she said.

“I doubted that I’d done well and I didn’t believe in myself. This has taught me I should – it’s about perserverance and hard work and that’s shown.”

Meshal Ahmir Chaudhry, and Tyrone Dike, who will be studying psychology at Leicester after achieving an A in history and Bs in psychology and geography. Picture: Paul BennettMeshal Ahmir Chaudhry, and Tyrone Dike, who will be studying psychology at Leicester after achieving an A in history and Bs in psychology and geography. Picture: Paul Bennett

Sydney Russell School took to Twitter to congratulate its students, saying it was “very pleased” with the results.

Harry Reeves, 18, earned more than just good grades with his A*, A and two Bs.

“I won some money from my mum,” he said.

“I had a bet with her – £100 for an A*, £100 for getting into my top university, £50 for an A, £25 for Bs and I had to give her £100 if I got a C.

Joshua Baidassari will be studying computer science at Queen Mary University after getting Bs in computer science, psychology and biology. Picture: Paul BennettJoshua Baidassari will be studying computer science at Queen Mary University after getting Bs in computer science, psychology and biology. Picture: Paul Bennett

“My Bs are getting remarked though, so if they go up, I’ll have to discuss increasing the amount with her!”

Yassin Kamarva also had cause to celebrate, with three As meaning he’ll be able to go to Warwick to study law.

“It’s a bit of a whirlwind,” he said.

“It’s a mixture of relief and happiness. I was not expecting it at all.”

But Yassin, 18, made his parents wait for the good news.

“Initially I played it off that I didn’t do that well,” he admitted.

“When my mum text me, I just replied saying, we’ll talk about it when I get home.”

For Tyrone Dike, who achieved ABB, it was his parents who decided to torment him.

“My mum was so happy, she published it on Facebook,” he said.

“I was a bit embarassed.

“But I am pleased, I wasn’t expecting an A in history. I really worked hard for it.”

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