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GCSEs take students a step towards their dream careers

STUDENTS at Havering College are set to follow their dreams to become, doctors, teachers and vets after collecting their GCSE results.

Students – whose ages range from 17 to 45 –are now heading down various career pathways after achieving excellent grades.

GCSE courses at Havering College are undertaken in one year rather than two as in most schools.

The college’s top GCSE achiever, Nana Amegashiti, 17, tore open her results envelope to reveal A* grades in Maths, English, Chemistry and Physics plus an A in Human Health and Physiology.

Nana, who is originally from Ghana and lives with her family in Grays, said: “I was surprised but am very happy with these results. I have done my GCSEs in a year and that was tough. I have worked really, really hard because I want to eventually go on and study medicine at university.”

Her friend Karina Solomon-Egwu has similar ambitions to become a doctor and is delighted with  A*s in Science and Maths.

Karina, 18, said: “I went to school in Nigeria and didn’t do that well at my GCSEs. I was actually scared about getting my results – my mum is going to be so pleased.”

Karina is progressing with her studies at Havering College onto A-level courses.

Romford mother-of-three Halah Salem has set her sights on becoming a teacher and with an A in Maths and a C in Science, she is heading off to university to study Education and Childhood Studies.

Halah, 32, is originally from Egypt where she gained a degree and worked as a teacher.

She said: “I have been doing voluntary work as a teaching assistant at the primary school my children attend and am really pleased with my results today because I want to go back to university.”

Fasial Malik missed out his GCSEs first time around because of a prolonged period of illness when he was 16.

But on Thursday the 20-year-old was ecstatic to pick up an A* in Maths and As in Physics and English.

Malik, from Goodmayes, who is continuing onto A-level courses at the college, said: “When I was ill all I could do was read but I was too ill to sit my exams. My goal is to study Maths and go on to do research.”

Results day will help Louise Knowlden, 20, from Harold Wood, with her university application.


Louise, who has now gained an A* in Chemistry and an A in Human Health and Physiology at GCSE, needs the top grades to maximize her chances of being accepted for veterinary medicine. She already has three A-levels plus two A/S levels which she plans to top up to A2-level next year.

She said: “Today was important for me because the only thing I want to do is become a vet and I need those good grades for my university applications”.




Eight-year-old Jasmine Rooprai was on hand to help her mum Pushpa celebrate an A in Maths.

Pushpa, 45, a mother-of-three from Romford, said: “I would like very much like to be a teacher and am now looking to study at A-level.”

Other success stories included Lesya Sylvester,33, from Romford who praised her Maths lecturer, Philippa Dines, after  achieving an A in Maths and a C in English. Lesya, a mother-of-one, and has enrolled on a Foundation Degree course in Business and Management at Havering College.

 Adyness Dos Santos Barros, 17, from Ilford, is celebrating after achieving an A in Maths one year after moving to England from Portugal. Her dream is to be a biomedical scientist.

Havering College principal Noel Otley said: “We are delighted to see so many personal success stories emerging from our GCSE results. Our doors are open for anyone wanting to discuss their future options. We hope that students who have done well in their exams and likewise students who are dissatisfied with the results, will come and see the wide range of courses Havering College can offer.

“These include A-levels, GCSEs, Vocational and Skills training, Apprenticeships – where we have seen a massive surge in interest - plus Higher Education courses, including Degrees. All new students are assured of a warm welcome and a quality learning experience.”

Ofsted inspectors graded the college as good with outstanding features (March 2011) and the HE Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), which checks standards and quality in UK Higher Education, gave the college its highest level of approval (March 10).

The college has state-of-the-art facilities including a £6million Centre of Creative Arts, a specialist construction centre, high quality engineering and IT facilities and dedicated Higher Education centres.

Havering College is holding an open event at the Ardleigh Green Campus in Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch RM11 2LL on Thursday, September 1 from 3pm-8pm where students will be able to meet the staff, see the facilities, ask questions and enrol.

For further information call 01708 462801, email information@havering-college.ac.uk or visit www.havering-college.ac.uk 

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