Despite the undoubted controversy surrounding A Level and other Level 3 results that were announced last week, many Havering Sixth Form students had much to celebrate when finding out their grades.
Principal Paul Wakeling said: “We wish to pay tribute to our students and staff for their results, hard work, tenacity and commitment to learning.
“The fantastic effort that has gone into the teaching and learning from staff and students has resulted in so many of our young people being able to go on to their next step, be that university or the world of work.
“The majority of our students are progressing to fantastic destinations, including top universities, and we are very proud of them.”
He added: “We are still waiting on some results to come through and we are actively working with the relevant agencies to ensure that every one of our young people gets the grade they deserve.”
Here are some of our successful A Level students:
Nicky Ahadi – Nicky achieved an incredible 3 A*s in Biology, Maths and Chemistry, despite only moving to the UK from Iran just before starting the Sixth Form. She will be going on to study Medicine after taking a gap year, where she will be working as a science and maths tutor with Yipiyap, a company that offers in-school support. Nicky said the hardest part for her was learning everything in another language and adjusting to life in a radically different environment following her move from Iran to Romford.
Isabella Pavitt – Isabella achieved two A*s in Sociology and Fine Art and two As in English andEPQ. She will be going on to study the Fashion Retail, Business and Marketing Diploma at the Fashion Retail Academy and hopes to pursue a career in fashion where she can continue to get involved in projects she is passionate about, such as sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Isabella said: “I just persisted with trying to keep myself motivated and determined to succeed, whatever the day brought, and kept working hard whilst keeping everything in perspective.
Ben Clarkson – Ben will be off to the University of Nottingham to study for a Degree Apprenticeship with PWC in Accountancy. He achieved a fantastic A* in Maths and two As in Accounting and Business. The former Hornchurch High School pupil, who is dyslexic, eventually wants to become a financial advisor for a sports team.
Tayla Burt – Tayla gained 2A*s in Criminology and Sociology and an A grade in Business, despite having to cope with the death of a close friend soon after starting the Sixth Form. She will be going to the University of Greenwich to study Primary Education with QTS, and hopes to become a primary school teacher. The former Sanders School pupil said she had received fantastic support while at college, saying the staff often went above and beyond on a personal and academic level to help her. Tutor Keeley Knowles said: “Tayla is an outstanding student – every piece of work she submitted showed dedication and commitment to her studies, and was of an excellent quality. Her attendance and punctuality were exemplary and her attitude to learning was second to none. She is kind and thoughtful with everyone she meets and has demonstrated extraordinary resilience in the face of adversity. She thoroughly deserves the results she has achieved.”
Masooma Ali – Masooma has secured a place to study Medicine at Plymouth University and eventually hopes to become a Cardiothoracic surgeon after completing her degree. She achieved an A* in Graphic Design, an A in Chemistry and is appealing her grade in Biology. Masooma was part of the upper sixth Medics Enrichment group while at the Sixth Form and during her second year, completed a four-day work placement at Barts Hospital with heart surgeon Mr Kulvinder Lall, who is one of the youngest cardiac surgeons in the UK.