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Young Citizen: Talented musician scores top results in exams

PUBLISHED: 16:21 05 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:21 05 September 2017

Isaac Newton Academy, 1 Cricklefield Place, Ilford. GCSE Results Day.
Halema Anjum

Isaac Newton Academy, 1 Cricklefield Place, Ilford. GCSE Results Day. Halema Anjum

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A young trumpeter who has wowed crowds at top concert halls is celebrating after she also struck the right note in her exams.

Halema Anjum is this week’s Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award nominee, which seeks to recognise the brilliant youngsters in our borough.

She achieved the highest possible grades in all of her GCSE exams at Isaac Newton Academy.

Halema was awarded 9 in English literature, language and maths and an impressive 6 A*s in triple science, geography, drama and Spanish.

She told the Recorder that she didn’t expect the nomination or the top results.

She said: “I’m honoured, I truly didn’t expect it.

“I still don’t truly believe it!”

The 16-year-old who lives in Seven Kings is passionate about music and has played her trumpet at many famous music venues, including the Barbican.

Although she couldn’t take GCSE music due to a timetable clash, she continues mentoring and coaching the younger musicians at the academy.

Halema was amongst the first set of pupils to sit GCSE’s at the school which opened in 2012.

When she arrived at the school, in Cricklefield Place, Ilford, her grades were below average and the keen student had to work hard to turn it around.

But when she opened her results on August 24, the visibly overwhelmed teenager said it was her teachers belief in her that kept her going.

Principal Rachel Macfarlane, who nominated Halema, said the 16-year-old had maintained a breadth of input and passion across all school activities.

He said: “Halema is a fantastically generous, humble and well-aligned student.

“She is a wonderful role model to the younger students here at INA and she will go on to do fantastic things.”

The award is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping centre, Ilford, which will provide each monthly winner with a £30 gift card.

The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at next year’s Mayor’s Community Awards.

You can nominate any person from Redbridge, as long as they are under 25, by emailing ralph.blackburn@archant.co.uk.

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