Robert Clack pupil bags Princeton University place with top A-level results

PUBLISHED: 14:18 13 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:39 17 August 2015

Robert Clack pupil Connor Bridges

Robert Clack pupil Connor Bridges


Connor Bridges is somewhat of a pioneer in his family.

Star A-level pupils with Robert Clack deputy headteacher Richard SpandlStar A-level pupils with Robert Clack deputy headteacher Richard Spandl

Not only is he about to become the first member to go to university, but he will be leaving behind the UK to do so – studying maths at the world-renown Princeton University in New Jersey, thanks to a £250,000 bursary.

The 18-year-old, from Shaw Avenue, Barking, picked up four A*s this morning in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry.

A former winger-come-centre at Barking Rugby Club, the Robert Clack pupil will leave behind his lorry-driver Dad and special-needs worker Mum, plus two younger siblings.

“It’s just a bit surreal right now, I’m sure it will sink in when I wake up tomorrow,” he said.

Pupils jump for joy at Robert ClackPupils jump for joy at Robert Clack

“My family were really proud of me when I found out this morning, but I guess the biggest emotion is relief really.

“It’ll be a bit tough leaving everyone behind, but I’ll be back at Christmas and I finish in May – Spring Break will be fun too.”

Class-mate Fisayo Noibi, 18, from Blomville Road, Dagenham, will study French and Arabic at Oxford University in a few weeks after getting As in maths, French and economics.

“It’s just an amazing relief,” she said. “It feels like a weight has been lifted.

“It’s been a tough year, but I just thank God for my faith.”

Hassan Habtoune, 18, of Bentry Road, Dagenham, picked up three As in French, history and English, and will now study French – inspired by his Algerian father – and hopes to work in the Middle East one day.

Across the board, pupils at the Gosfield Road school achieved a perfect pass rate of A*-E grades, with 77 per cent of studies registering A*-C.

A fifth of exam entries were graded A* or A and more than 10pc of pupils achieved AAB results or higher, much to the delight of deputy headteacher Richard Spandl.

He said: “The excellent results are a testament to their hard work and the dedication of their teachers over the last seven years, in many cases.”

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