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Redbridge results: Oaks Park High School students celebrate record results

PUBLISHED: 17:04 17 August 2017

Jumping for joy, a group of some of the highest achieving Year 13 students at Oaks Park High School who are looking forward to taking up their places at university in the autumn.

Jumping for joy, a group of some of the highest achieving Year 13 students at Oaks Park High School who are looking forward to taking up their places at university in the autumn.

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Oaks Park High School students have been busy celebrating after learning that their results are the highest in the schools history.

Proud mum Mrs Linda Cutmore (who also works at Oaks Park High School) with her daughter Elizabeth, who is off to study a combined honours degree in Korean and Chinese at SOAS (Uni of London) after achieving ABB in Government & Politics, Spanish and Economics. Proud mum Mrs Linda Cutmore (who also works at Oaks Park High School) with her daughter Elizabeth, who is off to study a combined honours degree in Korean and Chinese at SOAS (Uni of London) after achieving ABB in Government & Politics, Spanish and Economics.

Weeks of nervous waiting were finally over this morning for the students (and the staff) at the school in Oaks Lane, Newbury Park.

A record 72 per cent of students achieved A* to C in their A-levels and 11pc of students were awarded AAB.

For student Sarisha Goodman, of Newbury Park, she was overwhelmed with emotion after learning she would be attending Edinburgh University to study sociology.

She achieved two A*s in her extended project and sociology and two As in English literature and geography, exceeding her predicted grades of A,A,B,B.

Oaks Park High School Headteacher Joanne Hamill, congratulating Neha Mahatma on her A*A*A* in Biology, Chemistry and Maths which enabled her to obtain her first choice place at Glasgow to study dentistry. Oaks Park High School Headteacher Joanne Hamill, congratulating Neha Mahatma on her A*A*A* in Biology, Chemistry and Maths which enabled her to obtain her first choice place at Glasgow to study dentistry.

The ecstatic 18-year-old said she was delighted to learn that she would be going to university after feeling extra pressure due to the exam changes.

She said: “The school has supported me through this so much.

“Both my brothers are teachers and I’d like to become a teacher and then return here.

“I owe so much to this school and I want to pay it back.”

For headteacher Joanne Hamill, who joined the school last year, alongside assistant headteacher Salise Caluda, it was an emotional day.

Ms Caluda, who started working at the school in 2012, when the pupils graduating today were in Year 7, said she had watched the students grow up.

She said: “It’s absolutely brilliant.

“I’ve watched them grow up into these amazing, smart, leaders who are going to do awesome things.

“It’s been a challenge with the reforms; it was us learning at the same time along the students.

“Materials were released late; it was confusing at some points.

“But none of the students let it affect them, they just kept going, it was absolutely brilliant.”

Ms Hamill added that against the backdrop of the changes, the school were especially pleased by the excellent results.

She said: “Soon we will be looking at what went really well, and what we can eke a little more from, so that next year, our results are even better!”

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