There were celebrations at The College of North East London this week, when the A Level results showed a significant improvement on last year.
BBC London, London Weekend Television, The Independent and the Tottenham Journal were all present to witness hordes of excited students poring over the noticeboards.
The numbers of students sitting A Levels have increased but the percentage of students getting grades at the top end of the scale have gone up considerably.
Of 195 students sitting the exam in a variety of subjects, 11 per cent achieved an A grade. An impressive 25 per cent of them achieved a B grade, and 22 per cent a C grade. Only five per cent achieved an A grade in 2002.
Several students were interviewed, filmed and photographed by the media as they learned the good news.
Saisha ODonnell-Brown, 18, of Southgate, achieved three grade As in Economics & Business,
History and Psychology. Saisha has secured her place to read Law at Warwick University and says she owed part of her success to tutors Dave Palmer and Joe Whelan.
Michael ODoherty, also 18, of Tottenham, will take up a Maths degree at Royal Holloway University, Egham, Surrey, after getting grade As in Computing, Economics & Business and AS Level Statistics, plus a grade B in A Level Pure Mathematics.
Its not just the youngsters who are celebrating either. Mature student Sabrina Aaronvitch, 57, has a grade A in AS Level Photography. Sabrina, of Stoke Newington, said she was absolutely thrilled.
I was always interested in photography in my youth and being able to job share in my role as an access officer at Islington Council, has given me the time and space to take photography up again seriously.
Its been absolutely great being able to use the colleges excellent facilities. I have worked really hard at it and will definitely be coming back next year to complete the qualification.
LWT have been following student Dennis Ahenkorah around since he began studying for the exams. They have been making a documentary about A Level students in London for the This Week series, broadcast this Sunday at 12.30pm.
Dennis, 18, who achieved grades B, C and D in Pure Maths, Computing and Physics respectively, said being followed around by a film crew hadnt put him under any extra pressure.
Actually, I really enjoyed it. It was nice being the centre of attention! Dennis, who has also been
busy as CONELs Student Union Vice President, now plans to study Business Computer Systems at Londons City University.
- Last Updated: 14 August 2003