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A-level Results Day 2018: Success for Barking and Dagenham's pupils

PUBLISHED: 13:41 20 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 20 August 2018

Eastbury pupils celebrate their A-level results Picture: LBBD

Eastbury pupils celebrate their A-level results Picture: LBBD

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Almost half of Barking and Dagenham's pupils have bagged A*-B grades in their A-levels.

Across the borough, 45 per cent of pupils picked up the top three grades, with 98pc awarded A*-E.

There were celebrations at Eastbury Community School, where 61pc received A*-B grades, with six pupils getting straight A or A* grades.

These included top performer Daniel Dostil, who picked up four A* grades in maths, further maths, physics and computer science.

The 17-yearold, who is off to University College London to study mathematics, said his secret to success was “consistent revision rather than short bursts”.

Fellow Eastbury pupil Mustafa Abdulrahman, 18, picked up two A*s and an A in sociology, business and ICT.

He has opted to go down a different route, and next month will be joining global accountancy firm Ernst and Young as part of a degree apprenticheship scheme.

At Robert Clack School of Science, 82pc of pupils picked up an A*-C grade, with more than 100 securing their first choice university place.

A third of these will be going to prestigious Russell Group universities.

At Elutec, there were improvements across all grades, where more than a quarter of pupils secured A*-A grades - a huge improvement on last year, where nobody achieved the top grade.

The college also saw its first Oxbridge pupil, with Daniel Antoine-Donatien earning a place to study materials science at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Cllr Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for educational attainment and school improvement, said she was extremely proud of the results.

“Our young people have once again demonstrated to us that they are among the brightest thinkers in the country, and I am proud that many of the world’s best-known universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, will be welcoming students from Barking and Dagenham in September,” she said.

“I’d like to thank schools, parents and pupils for their hard work and commitment and although our figures show we have made some fantastic progress in some areas, we are determined, as part of our long-term vision, to continue improving the educational standards in our borough.”

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