Aug 18 2011 By Ian Proctor
BRAINY Brent students are heading to Britain's most prestigious universities after scooping fantastic A-level grades.
Nerves and worry gave way to relief and ecstasy as the 17- and 18-year-old pupils peeled open the envelope containing their results on Thursday at secondary schools across the borough.
Headteachers were reporting another bumper crop of exam successes and heaping praise on hard-working young adults and their teaching staff.
Maggie Rafee, headteacher of Alperton Community School in Stanley Avenue, Alperton, said: "It never ceases to amaze me how well students can do at a school like ours. They can achieve the best that anyone can achieve, anywhere.
"We've had another fantastic year. I didn't think it was possible to better last year because those results were exceptional, but we have."
Preston Manor High School pupil Aditya Pande, 18, of Carlton Avenue East, earned a whopping five A*s and a place at Cambridge University to study medicine.
He said: "The exams were quite difficult and I worked hard, including some full nighters, and it paid off luckily.
"I was extremely nervous before opening my results. I haven't told my parents yet but they'll be happy."
His friend, and the school's head boy, Peter Nugent, 18, of St Raphael's Estate in Neasden, said: "I got three A*s and an A.
"I would have liked an A* in history but since I'm doing civil engineering, I don't need it.
"I worked hard and I wouldn't say the exams were easy. It was challenging."
Francesca Fergus, 18, of Sudbury Avenue, Sudbury, was awarded three A*s in biology, English literature and psychology.
"I'm happy and excited - I was nervous and felt sick beforehand. I'm going to Aston University in Birmingham to study psychology."
Alex Thomas, principal of Capital City Academy, said: "Capital City Academy is proud to be announcing a further rise in its A-level results.
"The Year 13 students have been a fantastic group to work with over the last two years and deserve their success.
"It is particularly pleasing to be able to congratulate Suleyman Abdi, who is the first student from the academy to have secured a place at Oxford University. His four A grades have enabled him to accept a place at St Hugh’s College to read engineering.
"The 18-year-old lived in South Africa for 11 years until he moved here with his family in 2005, enrolling at Capital City Academy in Year 8 and after settling in well and forming good relationship with his teachers he decided to stay on for sixth form.
"After two years of hard studies, Suleyman has achieved outstanding A-level results."
JFS headteacher Jonathan Miller said 11 pupils had earned a spot to study at Oxford or Cambridge and students achieved in A* or A mark in more than half of all subjects sat.
He said: "Results such as these give us all great pleasure and pride for they are the outcome of highly skilled and focussed teaching and guidance and committed hard work by students. We wish all our students embarking on their university careers continued academic success.”
A*-C RESULTS SO FAR:
Al-Sadiq and Al-Zahra Schools -
Alperton Community School - 51%
Ark Academy - n/a
Capital City Academy - 68%
Claremont High School -
Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College -
Copland Community School - 57%
JFS (Jewish Free School) - 94%
Kingsbury High School -
Menorah High School -
Newman Catholic College -
Preston Manor High School -
Queens Park Community School -
St Gregory's Science College -
The Crest Boys' Academy - 52%
The Crest Girls' Academy -69%
The School of the Islamic Republic of Iran -
The Swaminarayan School -
Wembley High Technology College -