Westminster students celebrate A level success

Teenagers full of hope and expectation as they book places at university

Friday, 18th August 2017

Marylebone High School

Pupils at Marylebone High School 

IT was the moment of truth for thousands of young people across Westminster yesterday (Thursday) as they found out if all their hard work had paid off as they received their A-level results.

At St Marylebone High School, one particularly happy individual was Grace Cooper, 18, who found out she had got a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art after joining the school in the sixth form.

Grace said she hoped to perform at The Globe theatre with the Royal Shakespeare Company – and she has laid the foundations by taking part in lots of school plays including playing Bill Sykes in a school musical.

“The theatre department is amazing… it’s been a massive confidence boost and the teachers have been amazing at helping me practise for auditions,” she said.

Headteacher Kat Pugh praised her performance: “She was the best Bill Sykes, she was unbelievable. She’s standing there, this tall, elegant, gorgeous young woman and she was the most terrifying, male Bill Sykes. They are very lucky to have her.”

High achiever Martha West, 18, was celebrating getting into Oxford University with a stellar batch of results: A* A* A in history, English and politics. She is now off to study English literature.

She said: “I’m really looking forward to all the societies, and doing lots of acting and comedy, and joining some weird clubs like wizard’s chess. I’ve heard all about them.”

Ms Pugh is pictured on page 1 with head girls Alice Dermody-Palmer, left, and Sophia Beach.

At Paddington Academy Najeeb Islam got2A*sand2As,and has a place at Cambridge University to study engineering. Najeeb, whose parents both came to England from Bangladesh when he was young, will be the first person in his family to go to university. His mum woke him up with the good news yesterday, when a letter from Cambridge fell through their letterbox.

At QK Academy in St John’s Wood, there were many happy faces with 21 per cent of grades at A*-A. Headteacher Alex Atherton said “Once again our results have improved due to the hard work and dedication of both students and teachers. The resilience they have shown in what is the toughest year of their education to date is deeply impressive.”

At St Augustine’s School in Maida Vale, there were also smiles all round with headteacher Eugene Moriarty saying: “Our school community is celebrating the best A-level results in our history. 24 per cent of our students received A*-A grades, compared with 12 per cent last year.”

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