GCSE results: Ukrainian pupil manages top grades at Stoke Newington school despite fears for family in conflict-ravaged country

Oleksandra Mohyley (left), William Dorling (third left) and Nadia Priebe (third right) celebrate with other pupils from...

Oleksandra Mohyley (left), William Dorling (third left) and Nadia Priebe (third right) celebrate with other pupils from Stoke Newington School - Credit: Archant

A Ukrainian pupil posted a stellar set of GCSE grades despite worrying about her family still in the conflict-ravaged country.

Oleksandra Mohyley managed eight A*s, one A and one B at Stoke Newington School, in Clissold Road, despite fearing for her relatives safety while studying.

More than 2,000 people have been killed in the eastern European country since the Donetsk and Luhansk regions declared their in April, following Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula in March.

The 16-year-old said: “I still have family there and I am worried about them, although they live in the centre of the country and the trouble is in the east.

“It’s been on my mind a lot and it’s hard to concentrate sometimes.

“It’s not easy, but I did my best and I’m really relieved. There’s a lot of pressure to do well, exam after exam.”

Oleksandra, who moved to England five years ago, said she wasn’t too happy with her B in English.

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“I was a bit disappointed,” she said. “My family wanted to come with me to get my results, but I said would come straight home to them instead.”

Another star performer was Nadia Preibe, 16, who got two A*s and seven As.

She said: “It felt good when I opened the envelope and saw my grades.

“Obviously I worked really hard and I got in the college I wanted.

“I’m interested in law, or becoming a teacher. History is probably my favourite subject.

“To celebrate I’m going to watch Guardians of the Galaxy for the second time.”

Hugo Raimes, 16, who got four A*s and seven As, said: “I’m really pleased,

“I think I’m going to study mechanical engineering. My brother has done it at Bristol and it seems to be a subject that opens up a lot of career possibilities.”

George Rodrigues-Roscoe, 16, managed five A*s and four As and said: “They are pretty much what I expected and I’m happy.

“As long as you do well in the subjects you want to do for A-levels, which I have, then you’re okay.

“Now it’s all over there are a bunch of us all heading off to Reading Festival.”

And William Dorling, 16, who scored six A*s and two As, said: “I studied hard and I’m really pleased with these.

“Now I’m going to take it easy after a lot of tough exams.”

Annie Gammon, head teacher at the Stoke Newington school: “I’m really proud of all the students. It’s really exciting that this will be the first full cohort in our new £1.5million sixth form.”