A-level results: BSix College sends students to Oxford and beyond

Mahmood Ally with his inspiring BSix teachers Jamie Duff and Lucy Capes

Mahmood Ally with his inspiring BSix teachers Jamie Duff and Lucy Capes - Credit: Archant

There was palpable excitement at BSix College in Clapton as hundreds of students came in to get their A-level results.

Despite being kicked out of two colleges in his first year of studies, BSix College student Mahmoud Ally managed to get a stunning set of results which have secured him a place at Oxford University.

The 20-year-old student at the Clapton college achieved three As in philosophy, English literature and history A-levels and will now go on to read history at the prestigious institution.

Speaking at the college in Kenninghall Road, he said: “I feel very very privileged. I’m just relieved. I was expecting three As and would have been disappointed with myself if I didn’t get that.

“I got kicked out of two colleges for behavioural problems as I did not settle in after leaving school. It took me a while to settle down.

“The best thing about BSix is the support they have given to students. They have given us so much.”

Mahmoud was part of an outreach programme run jointly by BSix College and Pembroke College, Oxford which has tried to increase the intake of pupils from Hackney.

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Asta Diabate, 18, also took part in the programme and obtained A*s in Italian and Government and Politics and As in French, History and Philosophy. She will starting at Oxford in October to study ancient and modern History.

The colleg has maintained it’s 94 pass rate in A-levels.

Luke Pearce, 18, of Gliddon Road, Clapton got three Bs in philosophy, English and Sociology. He was disappointed with himself as he was expecting an A in philosophy.

“I’m quite disappointed by my results because I was expecting an A”, he said. “I felt I did really well in the exam. It’s a matter of personal standards.” He obtained a place at Essex University to study but now plans to go through clearing as he wants to study in London.

BSix principal Ken Warman said: “We are so proud of all the achievement of our staff and students. Most of all, we are thrilled that our students have opened up huge opportunities for themselves and have set a shining example to other aspiring young people.”