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Ark academies celebrate A-level success

Following A-level results, Ark students are heading to top universities across the UK

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 24, 2016 | People, policy, politics

Ark academy students are celebrating strong A-level results, with pupils receiving offers from top universities including Oxford, Imperial, Warwick, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds.

Melissa, from Ark Globe Academy, is off to university to read International Relations.

She said: “I am very excited right now. I just opened my results and I am really happy. I am really grateful to my geography teacher for helping and supporting me. I want to go into International Relations and work for an NGO. I’m going to change the world. I’m still figuring [out] how, but I will.”

Melissa moved to the UK from Nigeria with her family when she was 10 years old. She says: 'It was just for me to have a better chance at life, to get a better education and better resources, that’s part of what motivates me because I want to make their sacrifice worth it.”

Russell Reid, from Ark William Parker Academy, is going to study Physics at Oxford University, Corpus Christi College

From an early age, Russell has known he wanted to pursue the subject. He says: “I enjoyed maths when I was growing up and you would come up with equations, but you couldn't really conceive what they meant easily – physics is a way to input that into the real world.”

Russell is already looking forward to his career after university and the great opportunities a degree in Physics from a top university will open up. He says: “I’d quite like to do a PhD, and then maybe go into lecturing. Or I might try making documentaries for physics.'

Sinem Oyzoyn from King Solomon Academy is the first in her family to go to university, and is set to go to the University of Warwick.

She said: “I've wanted to go since year seven. My parents both didn't go to university, so to go to such an amazing institution, it's such a massive thing for my family.”

Sinem wanted to give special thanks to her teachers. “They are amazing people who give hours of their time and work so hard to get us where we are.' 

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