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Cheers and tears for A-level students

The borough's 17 and 18 year olds gathered at their schools to find out their A level exam results on Thursday

18 August, 2017 — By Emily Finch, Koos Couvée

City and Islington College students jumping for joy 

THERE were shrieks of delight – and some tears of disappointment – as students across the borough collected their A-level results yesterday (Thursday).

Hundreds of City and Islington College students flocked to the Goswell Road campus in Finsbury early in the morning after another year of high-grade results. The college held steady with an overall 96 per cent pass rate, with almost two-thirds of all students scoring between A* and C and a 100 per cent pass rate in 10 subjects.

Aneeqa Khan, 18, who scored A, A and A* in chemistry, biology and maths respectively, was accompanied by proud mother Taherah as she collected her results.

“I’m quite shocked and overwhelmed,” she said. “I’m going to do a gap year and then apply to study veterinary medicine. I’ve always loved animals.”

Diana Gomez, 19, who is the current Youth Mayor of Islington and lives in nearby Clerkenwell, said she felt “really good” after securing an A in Spanish, B in philosophy and a B in politics.

The Colombian, who only moved to the UK four years ago, wants to go on and study politics at King’s College and has ambitions to become a diplomat.

Diana Gomez outside City and Islington College

This year’s crop of students were the first to take the new A-levels. Under the new system,regarded as harder, students sit all A- level exams at the end of two years of study, instead of taking modular exams throughout the course. AS- level results no longer count towards A-level grades.

At Highbury Fields School, students gathered from 8am to collect their results as teachers celebrated with their students or helped them with finding spaces at universities through the clearing system.

The Town Hall-run school has 120 pupils in its sixth form and was rating “Outstanding” by Ofsted last year.

Eden Musie, 17, received one of the top grades at the school with A, B, C in sociology, biology and psychology. She said her dream is to study nursing at Nottingham University and she plans to retake biology in order to secure a place.

Eden Musie from Highbury Fields School said she was “happy” with her results 

“I am not sad, I am happy, but I just want to do better,” she said. Lakshmin Kaur, 18, from Archway, has won a prestigious place at Bristol University to study history after securing A, B and C grades in sociology, history and psychology. She said she is thrilled to be going to Bristol.

“The new A-levels were very hard, especially how they were combined,” Lakshmin added.

The school also offers BTEC courses, which are specialist work-related qualifications. Ceren Kama and Habiba Islam, both 18, were delighted with their

health and social care BTEC results, with distinctions all round. Ceren is off to University College London to study education studies, while Habiba will be studying social care at Middlesex University.

Headteacher Gladys Berry said: “I am extremely pleased with this year’s A-level results. “Students and staff have worked very hard and deserve real praise. With so many new courses and qualifications this year, it has been hard to predict grades.” Pupils who have completed their GCSEs will collect their results next week.

 Ceren Kama and Habiba Islam, both 18, achieved distinctions in their BTEC

City and Islington College’s Aneeqa Khan with mother Taherah

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