A-level Results Day 2018: Jo Richardson Community School pupils celebrate exam success

PUBLISHED: 10:08 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:23 16 August 2018

Jo Richardson pupils Abigail Hall and Sueda Oktay Picture: Alex Shaw

Jo Richardson pupils Abigail Hall and Sueda Oktay Picture: Alex Shaw

Alex Shaw

Jo Richardson Community School is celebrating its “best ever results overall”, according to the head of sixth form.

Jo Richardson pupils Aiesha Francis and Aniza Siddaqua Picture: Alex ShawJo Richardson pupils Aiesha Francis and Aniza Siddaqua Picture: Alex Shaw

Mary Wren said that nearly a fifth of A-level grades at the Gale Street, Dagenham school were at A* or A.

“Yet again we are delighted with the results of our students,” she said.

“Our high standards have been exceeded and we have our best ever results overall.”

Among the pupils to achieve the top grades were Abigail Hall and Sueda Oktay, both 18.

Jo Richardson pupil Gabriele Sartauskaite Picture: Alex ShawJo Richardson pupil Gabriele Sartauskaite Picture: Alex Shaw

They said they spent a nervous night fretting over their marks, frantically Skyping each other until 2am this morning.

Abigail achieved A*AB and will be heading to Birmingham University to study history. She said that she was “very, very happy” with her grades.

Sueda, meanwhile, achieved As in history and English as well as a B in drama.

“I was so surprised,” she added.

Meanwhile friends Aniza Siddaqua and Aiesha Francis, both 18, will be heading to the University of Warwick together.

Aniza, who achieved A*AA, will be studying English, while Aiesha, who got A*AB, will be reading psychology.

Before that, though, they will be celebrating their grades with a trip to Nandos.

Moyin Adetoye’s AAA will take her to Leicester to study medicine.

“The first thing I did this morning was to check [UCAS] Track,” the 18-year-old said, referring to the web-based university application service which this year lets youngsters know whether a university has offered them a place before schools open.

“I got in: that’s all I want to know.”

Meanwhile Tolu Oluwole rounded off the top A-level performers with AABB grades. Her marks mean she has a place at Warwick, studying maths.

There was success for the school’s Btec pupils too, with Gabriele Sartauskaite, 19, returning from a school exhibition to Borneo to pick up her grades.

Her D*D*D was enough to secure her place at Pearson College, London to study business management.

“At the end of Year 12 I decided to drop A-levels because of the anxiety I got from them,” she said.

She retook two years of school, studying Btec courses with “lots of exams, coursework and practicals”, and now is “feeling happy” with her results.

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