Highcrest Academy student Bolu Ademokun is celebrating the ‘best birthday present ever’ - after collecting four As, four Bs and two Cs in her GCSEs
Bolu’s 16th birthday fell on the day of the GCSE results and she admits she was incredibly nervous as she prepared to go into the school in High Wycombe to see how she had fared.
“If I had done badly, it would have been an awful birthday,” she said. “I didn’t sleep until 3am and woke up at 6am because I was so scared.
“I was just hoping for the best. I am really happy – it was the best birthday present ever, especially my A in art because I worked really hard for it.”
Bolu was one of many Highcrest students to notch up an excellent set of grades.
Matthew Snudden, 16, achieved 6 As, two Bs and had another 2 Bs and a C from previous years.
He put his success down to ‘hard work and motivation’ and said: “I had a lot of help from the teachers. I messed around quite a lot in the first two years at school but saw that wasn’t really getting me anywhere so I decided to put my head down and work a lot harder and it has paid off.”
Aaron Howarth, 16, had a similar story to tell. He said: “I messed around a lot in the earlier years, talking in class and getting sent out, but realised this wasn’t the way to get the grades I wanted so I put my head down and worked. I am very pleased with my results.”
His reward was four As, four Bs and three Cs. “My maths teacher has a different way of teaching, she is quite fun and this suited my learning style.”
Salima Lina Zaher, 16, said she did better than she expected, especially for maths. She said: “The school really supported me. I came here from Belgium in Year 7 and my English wasn’t fluent. They really supported me to improve and I ended up with an A in literature and a B in language which is really pleasing.” Salima achieved 1 A Star, 1 A, 7 Bs and 2 Cs.
Maryam Lalustani, 16, achieved five As, one A star and two Bs.
“I am very happy,” she said. “This was beyond what I expected. I thought I had failed the first exam, English Literature, and was very upset but I achieved an A Star which shocked me.” She credited the school with her success, especially in maths. “Miss McIlfatrick helped me the most. I liked maths a lot because of her teaching,” she said.
Marry Anton, 16, achieved one A star, four As, four Bs and one C. She said: “I am extremely happy because the results in my mocks were not as good as these and my targets were Cs and Ds. I found the courage to do it and the subject teachers supported me. The revision classes after school and in the holidays were really good. It was fun as well as educational. I am actually shocked because I didn’t expect this. It’s a real turnaround through hard work and motivation from the teachers and the opportunities that the school has provided for us.”
Sophia Samson, 16, achieved 3 A stars, 3 As and two Bs, including A in English language and A star in literature even though she couldn’t speak English when she first came to the country a few years ago.
She said: “This was down to lots of revision. The school helped me a lot. I came from France in Year 5 and couldn’t speak a word of English when I came.”
Highcrest Principal Shena Moynihan said: “I would like to congratulate and thank the pupils, parents, staff and governors for this set of tremendous results. Everyone has worked extremely hard and I am pleased to see the rewards of this are being reaped.”