“The Medical Bursary Programme was a great opportunity and contributed significantly to my results.
The experiences I gained were unique and helped me to successfully apply.” Excel Uzoma-Ebere, 18, joined Mossbourne shortly after arriving in the UK from Nigeria in 2012 and has achieved three A*s, securing a place at the University of Cambridge.
Nationwide figures seem to suggest the exams are indeed getting tougher, with the proportion of students achieving top grades – 25.5 per cent – at its lowest level since 2007.
The overall pass rate for students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has held firm at 97.6 per cent. Students at Cardinal Pole Catholic School, in the top one per cent of schools for progress last year, have again performed well.
She is studying an Art and Design diploma at Central St Martins and will specialise in Fashion.
Evita said: “I am so happy to study Fashion at Central St Martins, I have always wanted to do this.” She picked up a passion for fashion after visiting the headquarters of Vogue magazine for a day, but says she will still be “sad to leave school behind”.
Students have secured university places across the country, with one heading off to Edinburgh to study Linguistics, and others going as far afield as Plymouth and Newcastle.
Amawry De Freitas, 18, who achieved Bs across the board to win a place at Kent University to read Law, said: “I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given and those who believed in my success.” Naheemat Lawal, 18, who was overjoyed with the A and three Bs that secured her a place at Birmingham University, added: “Work as hard as you can. Life is a journey that consists of failures and achievements, however, it doesn’t stop here!
He added: “Prusha has all of the qualities and skills needed to be an excellent caring professional.
“She has delivered First Aid training to the visiting Year 5 students from local primary feeder schools, she has supported after school programmes, she regularly translates for people in our community and has a vocational activity log which is commendable.” Evita Remy-Benn achieved A in Fine Art, B in English Literature and another B in Textiles.