Robert Clack pupil bags Princeton University place with top A-level results
PUBLISHED: 14:18 13 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:39 17 August 2015
Connor Bridges is somewhat of a pioneer in his family.
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.
“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.”