TEENAGERS from Phoenix High School described sleepless nights building to the school’s first-ever A-level results day.
Amy Sinclair-Reilly, 19, of Du Cane Road, Shepherd’s Bush, got two Cs and a D in product design, English literature and business and said: “I didn’t think I would pass but I feel great now. It’s like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders – I’ve been so stressed.
“I couldn’t tell you exactly how many hours of studying I did – whatever it was, it was too much. I have a tiny little room and the walls were completely covered with post-it notes and posters. I think that’s how I managed to get my grades.”
Meanwhile, Adam Cinquemani, 18, of Heathstan Road, Hammersmith, was awarded a B in business management and Cs in English literature and information communication technology.
WILLIAM MORRIS SIXTH FORM
THERE were straight As aplenty at William Morris, as jubilant students celebrated another scintillating set of results.
Ala Alkazemy, 18, of Pellant Road, Hammersmith, is off to study medicine at Liverpool University after getting an A* in biology and As in Arabic and chemistry.
She said: “It was very hard work to get through, nearly impossible at times, but I’m very pleased and happy now.”
Some students found that revision worked best when they were part of a team. Dareen Majdalawi, 18, got an A* and two As and said she couldn’t have got through without her study-mate, Tala Abdel-Hay, who supported her day after day in the library. They are both off to study biochemistry at university.
THE dream of going to university became a reality for many after they gained an impressive set of grades.
One of the smiling faces was Hope Alves, 18, who earned three As in physics, maths and Latin, and a B in further maths.
She will go on to read civil engineering at Queen’s Belfast as she pursues her dream of becoming an engineer.
“My dad is a builder so I have always been around the industry and now I am one step closer to fulfilling my dream,” she said.
Caolan Cassidy, 18, is dreaming of opening a business in South America after he completes his Spanish and Portuguese degree, again at Queen’s.
He gained an A in Spanish and two Bs in English literature and business studies after his two-year effort.
TWENTY-TWO students gained an A* in at least one of their exams as Lady Margaret celebrated a 100 per cent pass rate.
Leading the charge was Bethan Waskett, 18, who racked up three A*s in biology, chemistry and fine art, and is now going to take a well-deserved break from studying as she embarks on a gap year.
Meanwhile, Isabeau Gervais, 18, who lives in Barons Court, is off to do an art foundation course later this year after she received two A*s in art and textiles and an A in history of art.
She will attend the Prince’s Drawing School in east London before undertaking a degree, however, she will never forget the effort it took to get to this point.
“It was blood, sweat and tears. It was such hard work as I was literally in the library every day until 6pm getting my revision done but thankfully it is all done now,” said Isabeau.
Between them, the school’s pupils gained 36 A* grades, 91 As, 86 Bs and 63 Cs. There was a 40 per cent pass rate for students gaining A*-A – up two points on last year.
SCHOOL prom king Ryan Sibley danced with joy after achieving his ambition of securing a place to study geography and sports management at Loughborough University.
He said: “I tried my first year of sixth form once before and failed, and then came to Hammersmith Academy. I thought I’d give it another shot and it was worth it.”
Other success stories included Mohamed Elmoussati, 18, of Shepherd’s Bush Road, who was awarded straight As in maths, economics and politics, winning him a place at King’s College London to study maths.
He said: “I’m feeling exhilarated, I did way better than expected. I worked my socks off. I’ve never known anything like it - my social life and friends disappeared.”
There was an overall 97 per cent pass rate. Head teacher Gary Kynaston said: “I’m just so proud of the students.”
PRINCIPAL Sally Danes couldn’t contain her pride on learning of her students’ 99 per cent pass rate.
She said: “You feel like with every child, you make a difference to their life. They can improve their lives so much by the results that they get. So every child that walks out of here will probably have far higher life chances.”
Sahra Warsame, 18, collected her BTEC in health and social care – which is worth three A Levels.
“I did amazing – I got three As in my modules and I’m so happy,” she said. “Trust me, the hard work always pays off. So I’m really happy with what I got.”
She is now considering Brunel University through the new clearing process which allows students who achieve higher marks than expected to apply for more prestigious universities.
EALING HAMMERSMITH AND WEST LONDON COLLEGE
THE wait was excruciating but worth it at EHWLC, as many students got the grades they were after.
Keven Medina, 19, of Greyhound Road, Hammersmith, got accepted into his first-choice university after earning an A in Spanish and Bs in English literature and sociology.
Linda Amoakoaa, 20, succeeded in getting As in accounting and sociology, as well as a C in business, and will be off to study at Loughborough University.
She achieved this despite having to look after her younger brother, taking him to and from school, as their mother had to travel abroad.
Leader of the council, Nicholas Botterill, praised all the pupils. He said: “This is yet again another fantastic year of results for students in the borough. Our schools have been bucking the national trend with their results improving, rather than going down, and that is a wonderful achievement.
“Congratulations to all our students, who have put in the hard work over the last two years, and to teachers, school staff, parents and guardians who have supported them during that time.“