December 5 2013 Latest news:
Lizzie Dearden, Reporter
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Sensational students at Havering Sixth Form College raised the A-level pass rate to a record high.
Some students overcame the odds to achieve their grades and go on to their universities and jobs.
Samantha Thornett achieved top grades to secure her place on a prestigious law degree, despite being unable to write while studying for her A-levels.
She got A*s in psychology and general studies, an A in law and B in physical education while battling through the pain of chronic nerve damage in her hand, which meant she could not write for 18 months.
All her work and exams had to be completed on a laptop rather than by pen and paper at the college in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch.
Samantha will be studying law at the University of Essex, in Colchester, next year.
Kayleigh Knopp also gained one A*, two As and a B at AS while supporting her mother through illness.
Identical twin brothers had two lots of good news when they both got top grades.
Alfie and Frankie Bruin both took biology, chemistry and maths.
Alfie achieved an A* in maths, A in biology and B in chemistry, while brother Frankie got As across the board.
Headteacher Paul Wakeling said he was “very pleased” with the college’s 97 per cent pass rate and 65 per cent A* to C grades.
He added: “This is another year of fantastic results for students at Havering Sixth Form College.
“These results are due to hard work, a love of learning and genuine commitment from young people, teachers and support staff in the college.”