A-level results: Visually-impaired Barking student credits NewVIc in Plaistow for her success
PUBLISHED: 16:20 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:38 17 August 2017
A visually-impaired student who received excellent grades on A-level results day has praised her sixth form for its support and acceptance.
Barking resident Shaniya Sampson Bah, who attended Newham Sixth Form College (NewVIc), received a B grade in psychology, plus distinctions at Level 3 BTEC for applied science, and health and social care.
The 18-year-old chose to join NewVIc - based in Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow - after her sister attended and said she was impressed immediately.
“I can honestly say that when you come here, you feel truly accepted,” she said.
“The student body is so diverse and there are lots of people with different abilities and disabilities that I just fitted in from the word go.
“The skills centre at NewVIc gave me so much support. For example I was given an iPad which had been loaded up with all the text books I needed, so when I needed to read the text I could select passages which I could set to the spoken word.
“They even found me test tubes with a larger font and extra-wide graph paper. All this has allowed me to be an independent learner.”
Shaniya is just one success story for NewVIc, which is celebrating an increase in pass rates and top grades during its silver jubilee year.
The college’s A-level pass rate is up one per cent on last year at 98 per cent - and is the best ever for the college.
Meanwhile, 10pc of all entries achieved A or A* grades with 14 of these in maths, 12 in sociology, 10 in psychology, nine in chemistry and seven in biology.
NewVIc sends more students from disadvantaged backgrounds to university than any other sixth form provider in England.
Former honours programme student Mughees Hassan, 18, from East Ham, is off to study physics Cambridge after achieving fours A*s in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry.
He said: “I have always had my sights set on Cambridge. I even moved to London from Ireland where my family live to ensure I had a better chance of getting in.
Principal Eddie Playfair added: “We are all delighted for Mughees. Securing this offer is the realisation of a dream for him.
“He is a real pleasure to work with and it is wonderful to see how studying at NewVIc has helped him grow his determination and enjoyment of learning.”