GCSEs: Eastbury students celebrate their success
PUBLISHED: 13:30 21 August 2014 | UPDATED: 13:34 21 August 2014
Students at Eastbury Comprehensive School celebrated their GCSE successes this morning with 58 per cent achieving five A*-C grades, including maths and English.
Yasmin Begumi, 16, of Longbridge Avenue, Barking, was one of the 32 pupils picking up five or more A* and A grades, and now dreams of becoming a doctor or a dentist.
After scooping five A*s, seven As and a C, she plans to celebrate with a slap-up meal with friends tonight.
Yasmin, who volunteers her weekends to teach Arabic to younger children at Ebrahim Islamic College, Whitechapel, will now stay on at Eastbury to study maths, biology, chemistry and English in the sixth form.
She said: “I couldn’t sleep with nerves last night so I can’t wait to tell my family, they’re going to go crazy.
“It was tough few months with all the studying, although I probably started revising later than a lot of my friends.”
Hilary Mensah, 16, of Wheelers Cross, Barking, will celebrate her results with a Chinese takeaway.
After attaining six As and a B, she will also progress to the sixth form to study health and social care, psychology, sociology and economics.
“I’m delighted and really relieved,” she said.
“I was watching the news and seeing a lot of negative stories so I was full of butterflies coming in, but all the long hours of revision were worth it.”
The school achieved especially high results in English Language with 80pc of students achieving a grade C or above, less than two months after winning the Literacy and English prize at this year’s TES FE Awards.
Headteacher David Dickinson said: “I am extremely pleased that so many students at Eastbury and across the borough have achieved success.
“We must all remember that exam results are not just statistics, they are the result of hard work and the passport to many careers.”
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