Future’s bright for A-level stars

Published on: 28 Aug 2013

Peter, Faizal, Tasnim and Ryan Downend School

IT might have been damp and grey outside but sunny smiles from successful students lit up the Post-16 Centre at Downend School on A-level results day.

More than half the Year 13 candidates beat their personal targets, enabling the students to progress to prestigious university courses and apprenticeships.

Amir Salehilashkajani achieved the highest results, with five A-levels at grades A*AAAA. Other notable results include Jacob Cook (A*AA), Liam Croot (AAA), Ryan Furzeman (A*AA), Peter Joyce (A*AA), and Samuel Streeter (A*A*B).

Ryan, who is going to study maths at King’s College London, said: “I got an A8 in maths, an A in furtyer maths and an A in geography. I was shocked at the geography.”

Peter is off to Exeter University to study maths after his success in A-level maths, physics and psychology.

“I was very pleased with my results, It was a real surprise,” he said.

Faizal Iqbal, from Mangotsfield, will do biology at Cardiff University after gaining three Bs.

“It is good, although I would have preferred to get at least one A, ” she said.

Tasnim Rahman, 19, from Fishponds, also got the grades she needed - three Cs – to go to Bath Spa University to do sociology and religious studies.

She is aiming to become a teacher, having been inspired by her teachers at Downend School.

Downend head teacher William Roberts said: “We are very proud of the success of all our students. Their achievements reflect the determination and commitment they have shown during their time at Downend. The Downend Post-16 Centre has had a strong reputation in the area for a number of years, and we are delighted that this year’s results represent even higher levels of achievement for the year group than in the past.”

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