Our Lady's Convent School: A-level and BTEC joy for Stamford Hill girls
PUBLISHED: 10:28 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:45 17 August 2017
Students at Our Lady's Convent High School in Stamford Hill are looking forward to bright futures after a top haul of A-level grades were dished out.
Some 93 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades in A-levels, with 86pc hitting the equivalent bar when BTEC courses are added into the mix.
Chloe Durack-Robinson grabbed three A grades in psychology, English and history. She’s off to Nottingham University to study history.
“I was shaking this morning,” she said. “I was going to scream. I was up at 5.30am checking online.
“My family is really happy.”
Languages whizz Aina Celine Suyat secured an A in English and a B in Chinese, as well as a B in history.
“I was kind of surprised,” she said. “I didn’t think it was going to be that good.”
But celebrations will have to wait, apparently.
“My family said we will celebrate on Saturday,” she said. “I think we’re going to eat out.”
Head Justine McDonald said: “I am incredibly proud of all of the students’ achievements today, it has been a real joy seeing the students open their results. Their results are a true reflection of the sheer hard work and determination these students have put into their studies, and this is what we as a school stand for.”
The Gazette met three health and social care students who all got BTEC distinctions – Brandy Woyo, Amoachie Koffi and Renisha Dornelly-Greenidge.
“The school gave us the resources to do as well as we have,” said Brandy. “Most pupils put down BTECs saying it seems like it’s mainly coursework and you’re not going to get where you want to.
“This goes to show BTEC is a lot more practical, and really helpful. We are more experienced and have grown a lot more.
"With A-levels you’re stuck in a classroom [but] HSC is quite active – we went to primary schools, elderly people’s homes and did an after-school class teaching children to cook, and things like that"
“With A-levels you’re stuck in a classroom. HSC is quite active – we went to primary schools, elderly people’s homes and did an after-school class teaching children to cook, and things like that.
“I’m going to do psychology at East Anglia. I was panicking, really panicking this morning. I was telling my mum she didn’t need to come [she did]. I was like: ‘I’ll just not go to uni. I’m fine with that’.”
Amoachie added: “I was really nervous to study HSC. It wasn’t my first choice but the teachers were so helpful and we all made sure everyone got their work done. I’m really proud. I wasn’t nervous about the results.”
She’s heading off to do educational studies at Birmingham City Uni, and hopes to become a primary school teacher.
Remisha said: “I think it’s something to be proud of. The course has enlightened me about what I was going to do – become a social worker. It’s taught me effective communication and helped broaden my skills and knowledge of children and adults especially.
“My family are all really impressed. My mum wanted to be a social worker and said she passed her genes onto me. Everyone is proud.“ She will head off to Sussex to study social work.
All three told the Gazette they would be celebrating with a Nando’s.
A delighted head of health and social care Caroline Stanton said: “The health and social care students matured into creative and articulate young women who are a credit to our school and the community. I am extremely pleased and proud for them.”
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