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A-levels: East London pupils book their uni places

MAKING THE GRADE: Ryan Crane (Photo: Jermaine Haughton)

BEST FRIENDS Alaa Alsaiaji and Carine Samba are both celebrating excellent results in their A-levels.

Alaa gained three A*’s in psychology, photography, German, an A in graphics and a B in an extended project qualification.

The east Londoner will go on to study design at Goldsmiths, University of London, where she will take a step closer to her dream of working in graphic design.

“I am just so, so happy. This is brilliant. I was slightly nervous last night, but today has been fantastic. I can’t wait to tell my family,” Alaa said.

Carine did very well herself, gaining A’s in both psychology and art alongside a B in photography.

However, she claims she was nervous waiting for her results, she added: “Opening the envelope was so nerve racking! But to see the results I got, is such a relief.”

Aspiring journalist and writer Ryan Crane will read history at the University of Bristol, after receiving two A*’s in English literature and politics and an A in History.

Ryan said he is looking forward to beginning his university degree next month, he said “It’s great to finally get my results after so much hard work and effort. I can’t wait to start university in Bristol.”


ACHIEVER: Carine Samba (Photo: Jermaine Haughton)

Aliyah Thiombiano will be starting a course in adult nursing at Essex University after securing the required grades.

After gaining 2 U grades and an E grade in the first year of her studies, Aliyah was determined to improve her studies and each day she would study from 8am until late into the evening.

Following her tireless work, she substantially improved her grades to achieve a D in English, a C in Spanish and a pass in her BTEC in applied science.

Aliyah said: “All this hard work. All the endless nights of studying and it’s paid off. I’m very happy by my results considering how poor they were previously.

“I just can’t wait to start at Essex now.”

Dean Arthur achieved a B grade in sociology, a B in Economics and a D in biology during her A-levels.

Set to undertake economics at the Nottingham Trent university in September, Dean said: “I did quite well. I perhaps expected to do slightly better but I am happy with what I do. The next step now is university.”

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