A-Level results: Seven Kings Sixth Form students reach for the stars
PUBLISHED: 17:02 16 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:02 16 August 2013
Ecstatic students from Seven Kings Sixth Form have received impressive A-Level results, matching the grades the school recorded last year.
Headteacher Tracy Smith said the Year 13 students performed similarly to 2012’s cohort, with AS-Level pupils achieving slightly higher grades this year.
There were a number of A-Level success stories, including both students who will be attending university and those seeking employment.
Among the high achievers was Kiran Shaji, who will study medicine at the University of East Anglia.
Kiran, who received two A* grades and two A grades, has aspired to take this career path since he was only 12-years-old.
Other high-flyers included Ajim Miah, who hopes to develop a career in politics, and Daniel Nohai, who wants to go to university at some stage but will first embark on a year-long job at the Ministry of Defence.
Ajim received three As and Daniel three As and a B.
One student who has had to battle harder than most is Raisa Hassan, who suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
Raisa, who was accompanied by her twin sister Shaira to collect her results, is set to study creative and professional writing at the University of East London after gaining the 120 UCAS points she needed to take up her place.
This is despite Raisa starting her AS-Levels a few months after having an operation.
She said: “We were screaming the house down after seeing we had got into our universities on UCAS. It is a great feeling.”
Shaira, who is the older twin by 83 minutes, is celebrating too after being accepted into Goldsmiths University to study psychology.
At the time of speaking to the Recorder, she had not collected her own results.
Shaira, who attended a school in Wandsworth, said: “I thought I was going to have to go into clearing, I was prepared for it, so when the congratulations message came through I was so happy.
“I was praying more for Raisa because she only had one [university] option. Last year we did well but weren’t that happy with the results, but when it came down to it we did well.”
Raisa’s achievement is all the more impressive after she suffered a difficult start to sixth form life.
She said: “I haven’t had a seizure for 10 years, but I had to have an operation in June 2012.
“It was torture, I think I didn’t pay attention for the first four months because I was in so much pain.
“But I then got into it. I am known to be a really hard worker.”
The twins, from Barking, are delighted for each other as they share such a close bond.
Shaira said: “We have a lot of arguments, but in a few minutes we’re fine again, you can’t keep a grudge.
“At the end of the day we haven’t got any other siblings, it’s just us.”
The duo are excited for their future, with Shaira hoping to become a speech and language therapist or occupational therapist and Raisa hoping to become a writer.
Raisa added: “I have already started writing a crime and action book and I’d like to start off as an author.
“I also want to go into documentaries and then campaign for disability rights, so I have a lot to do.
“You’ll definitely see one of my books, I can tell you that!”
School headteacher Tracy Smith added: “The school’s done really well and we are delighted for the students who are starting the next stage of their journey.
“It is fantastic, there were a lot of happy faces.”
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