A-level results: Barking Abbey pupils celebrate straight A grades

Barking Abbey School pupils Haroon Ayab, Sowmiya Gunabalasingam and Jumana Amin, all 18, all achieve

Barking Abbey School pupils Haroon Ayab, Sowmiya Gunabalasingam and Jumana Amin, all 18, all achieved straight A grades. Picture: Andrew Brookes - Credit: Archant

After restless nights awaiting her A-level results, Sowmiya Gunabalasingam will sleep soundly tonight.

The Barking Abbey School pupil will study medicine at Kings College London after earning A*s in biology and chemistry and As in physics and maths.

"I'm so happy, I wasn't expecting this at all," the 18-year-old said.

"When I was waiting for results, time moved so slowly and it was hard to sleep at night."

She added she had been working towards studying medicine for a long time.


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Sowmiya was among eight pupils at the Sandringham Road school to secure straight A or A* grades.

Other top achievers included Jumana Amin, who got A grades in English literature, history and religious studies.

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She will study politics, also at Kings College London.

"I was over the moon, I was literally crying this morning," Jumana said.

"I stayed up the whole night just panicking and as soon as I got my results I was screaming my head off.

"My mum came running in asking what happened and I burst into tears, crying in her arms and told her I got into Kings, then she started crying as well."

Haroon Ayam, 18, will study English at UCL after he got A*s in English literature and sociology and an A in history.

"I needed A, A, A for UCL, but for English I really thought I'd get a B because I thought the first paper was awful," he said.

"Surprisingly, that was my best paper.

"I got my university offer first then an hour later the results came through and I was shocked."

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