New City College is busy celebrating a strong set of A Level results, as well as supporting those students who need to appeal their grades further to the national moderating exercise. The college's students have this year achieved a strong overall pass rate, which currently stands at over 95%, with 30% of those achieving high grades of A* to B.
Despite the undoubted controversy surrounding national A Level and other Level 3 results, New City College wishes to pay tribute to its students and staff for their results, hard work, tenacity and commitment to learning. This has resulted in hundreds of young people being able to go on to their next step, be that to their university of choice or embarking on a rewarding career.
New City College has two A Level centres - the Attlee A Level Academy in Stepney East London, and Havering Sixth Form College in Hornchurch.
Nicky Ahadi achieved an incredible, A*A*A* in Biology, Maths and Chemistry, despite only moving to the UK from Iran just before starting at Havering Sixth Form.
She will be going on to study Medicine after taking a gap year, where she will be working as a science and maths tutor with Yipiyap, a company that offers in-school support. Nicky said, "the hardest part for me was learning everything in another language and adjusting to life in a radically different environment following my move from Iran to Romford."
Fardin Rahman achieved A* A A in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics at the Attlee A Level Academy. Fardin will be studying Mechanical Engineering (MEng) Masters at Queen Mary University of London.
He said of his time at New City College - "In these couple of years spent here, I have gained the essential knowledge for my professional life and the mentality of continuous improvement in every aspect of my life. I'm glad to have studied in such an institution. Attlee A level Academy has not only educated me for the pursuit of a career, but also provided a wider general knowledge and introduces real-life situations that have helped us learn about life and myself."
Isabella Pavitt accomplished A*A* A A in Sociology, Fine Art, English and EPQ at NCC's Havering Sixth Form College.
She will be going on to study the Fashion Retail, Business and Marketing Diploma at the Fashion Retail Academy and hopes to pursue a career in fashion where she can continue to get involved in projects that she's passionate about, such as sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Isabella said of her success: "I just persisted with trying to keep myself motivated and determined to succeed, whatever the day brought, and kept working hard whilst keeping everything in perspective."
Ben Clarkson will be off to the University of Nottingham to study for a Degree Apprenticeship with PWC in Accountancy. He achieved a fantastic A* A A in Mathematics, Accounting and Business at NCC's Havering Sixth Form College. The former Hornchurch High School pupil eventually wants to become a financial advisor for a sports team.
Adchara Thambithurai, former Langdon Academy student, is celebrating A* A* A in Biology, Mathematics and Chemisty. She will progress from Attlee A Level Academy to Kings College London to study Chemistry.
Adchara reflected on her last 2 years - "The courses were challenging in many ways and really taught me many skills that I am proud to now be capable of. New City College helped me to push my grades up from C's in my GCSEs to A*s in A level, which has been a huge step up and I've been able to prove many people wrong. The teachers at Attlee A level Academy have been amazing and are the reason I have become more motivated, confident and determined. I can't thank the staff enough!"
Tayla Burt gained A* A* A in Criminology and Sociology and Business at NCC's Havering Sixth Form. She will be going to the University of Greenwich to study Primary Education with QTS and hopes to become a primary school teacher.
The former Sanders School pupil said - "I received fantastic support while at college and all my teachers often went above and beyond on a personal and academic level to help me"
Tutor Keeley Knowles said: "Tayla is an outstanding student - every piece of work she submitted showed dedication and commitment to her studies and was of an excellent quality. Her attendance and punctuality were exemplary and her attitude to learning was second to none. She thoroughly deserves the results she has achieved."
Masooma Ali secured a place to study Medicine at Plymouth University and eventually hopes to become a Cardiothoracic surgeon after completing her degree. She achieved an A* A in Graphic Design and Chemistry and is appealing her grade in Biology.
Masooma was part of upper sixth Medics Enrichment group while at Havering Sixth Form and during her second year, completed a four-day work placement at Barts Hospital, with heart surgeon Mr Kulvinder Lall, who is one of the youngest cardiac surgeons in the UK.