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A-Level results: Youngsters at The Petchey Academy thrive despite ‘stressful’ tests

PUBLISHED: 16:57 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:57 16 August 2018

The headteacher and pupils from The Petchey Academy on A-level results day. Picture: Lucas Cumiskey

The headteacher and pupils from The Petchey Academy on A-level results day. Picture: Lucas Cumiskey

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Students at The Petchey Academy are moving on to great things but said the new A-level tests are “pretty hard” and “stressful”.

Firkun Pirbudack recieved his A-level results at The Petchey Academy and no plans to studey aerospace engineering. Picture: Lucas CumiskeyFirkun Pirbudack recieved his A-level results at The Petchey Academy and no plans to studey aerospace engineering. Picture: Lucas Cumiskey

Meghna Khokhar moved to the UK from Pakistan in Year 10 and spoke limited English when started at the school.

But that didn’t stop Meghna from getting three Bs in Biology, Geography and Urdu, which bagged her an internship with Bloomberg.

She told the Gazette: “The exams were pretty hard and revision was so stressful, especially because of my language barrier because I didn’t understand some questions.”

Meghna was also part of Petchey’s robotics team, which travelled to New York in 2017 and came third in the world in a tournament organised by Bloomberg.

Keegan Desouza achieved an A* and two As in his A-levels at Petchey Academy. Picture: Lucas CumiskeyKeegan Desouza achieved an A* and two As in his A-levels at Petchey Academy. Picture: Lucas Cumiskey

But Keegan Desouza, 18, said: “I’m confused because I didn’t get into my first choice uni even though I got the requirements for it.”

He had hoped to study at Manchester University come September but will now be taking a year out to do an internship at Bloomberg, before enrolling at Warwick the following year.

Furkan Pirbudack is set to study aerospace engineering at Surrey University next September after scoring A*, A, B, C in his tests.

But he’s “disappointed” with the C in physics because he missed out on his first choice at Imperial College London.

The Petchey Academy headteacher with a Meghna Khokhar on A-level results day. Picture: Lucas CumiskeyThe Petchey Academy headteacher with a Meghna Khokhar on A-level results day. Picture: Lucas Cumiskey

Tommy Duong, who will be studying maths and economics at Bristol next year, added: “I would have preferred to do an As and then A-levels.”

Barbette Anang studied health and social care and arrived at school early to discover she got three distinction stars.

“I’m just really ecstatic about my grades”, said Barbette, who will learning midwifery at Middlesex University next year.

Raina Marfo, 18, took A-levels in government and politics, IRR, and philosophy and ethics, gaining two As and a B.

This was just below the three As she was predicted but still secured a place at Manchester University to study international relations and politics.

“I’ve had a good time at this school,” said Raina. “There has been times that were difficult but I’m glad I stayed here for my sixth form experience.”

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