A-level joy for Polish student who learnt to speak English eight years ago

PUBLISHED: 15:50 14 August 2014 | UPDATED: 15:50 14 August 2014

Redd, Colm, Danny Coyle, headteacher of Newman catholic College and  Gracjan (pic credit: Twitter@NCCBrent)

Redd, Colm, Danny Coyle, headteacher of Newman catholic College and Gracjan (pic credit: Twitter@NCCBrent)


Pupils of Newman Catholic College jumped for joy as they celebrated the school’s best ever haul of A-Level grades – achieving a 93 per cent pass rate.

What’s more, every student who took A-level exams secured a university place to study a vast range of subjects including economics, art and history.

Scores of teenagers made their way NCC, in Harlesden Road, buzzing with anticipation as they collected the all important brown envelope.

Nerves soon turned into joy, for many, as they found out they have achieved the grades the need to study at their preferred university.

Gracjan Kadeiolka, 18, who also lives in Harlesden could not speak a single word of English when he moved from Poland at the tender age of 10, but now leaves the secondary with an A* in maths, a B in physics and a C in history.

Gracjan, who will now study Accounting and finance at Kent University told the Times: ““I am surprised. I did not expect this so I am extremely delighted. All my hard work has paid off. I happy I was given the opportunity to move from Poland and achieve good a level grades.”

Another pupil, Colm O’Sullivan, 18, who was head boy at NCC, is off to study Economics at London School of Economics after achieving A*, A and B grades in history, maths and physics respectively.

He said: “I was shocked. I thought I’d have to go through clearing. My family are happy and proud of my achievements.

He continued: “Being a head boy has been a good experience. I want to thank my teachers their support”

Danny Coyle, the school’s headteacher, said: “As a new head, to have our best ever A-Level results is absolutely superb. It is a testament to the hard work of staff and of course students at the school.

“Now they are off to university to start the next chapter of their academic and social development, I wish the all the very best.”

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