Barking Abbey School student celebrates after getting family's first A*

PUBLISHED: 14:06 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:06 25 August 2016

Lucky West, who scored the first A* in his family's history

Lucky West, who scored the first A* in his family's history


A boy called Lucky has delighted his parents after becoming the first member of his family to get an A* in an exam.

A busy Barking Abbey School on GCSE results dayA busy Barking Abbey School on GCSE results day

Barking Abbey School’s Lucky West, 16, said his mum was “screaming at him” with joy after he opened his GCSE results this morning.

“Everyone was laughing at me,” Lucky, who lives in Keir Hardie Way in Barking, said.

“My parents thought I was going to get all Bs like my sisters – but now I’m the first to get an A*.”

Lucky, who got two A*s, four As and four Bs, added: “I feel very happy about what I got.”

Barking Abbey School, in Sandringham RoadBarking Abbey School, in Sandringham Road

The school itself – based in Sandringham Road, Barking – was also celebrating, with 63 per cent of students getting A*–C grades in English and maths.

In English literature, which all 271 students took, there was an 89pc A*–C pass rate.

Deputy headteacher Pauline McBride said: “To get so many students doing well in English is just brilliant – I’m so pleased.

“It’s also fantastic that we got a perfect score in art and graphic design, where 100pc got between an A* and a C.”

She added: “We still have targets for the future – like getting more subjects up to 80pc A*–C rates – but we’re proud today.”

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