Ark Elvin Academy student who arrived from Romania 10 years ago achieves stellar GCSE results

PUBLISHED: 16:21 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:41 25 August 2018

Ark Academy student Beheshta Harghandiwal

Ark Academy student Beheshta Harghandiwal


An Ark Elvin Academy student who arrived from Romania 10 years ago has achieved stellar GCSE results.

Ark Elvin Academy students Marvyne Ouraga and Alexandru Mihaila. Photo by Ark Elvin AcademyArk Elvin Academy students Marvyne Ouraga and Alexandru Mihaila. Photo by Ark Elvin Academy

Alexandru Mihaila gained one 9, one 8, three 7s, two 6s and two 5s in his GCSEs.

“I want to go on to sixth form and learn to be a software developer,” he said.

“I would like to have my own IT company someday and to work to help developing countries have better access to communications. I don’t come from a wealthy background. My family was poor and it makes you want to give something back.

“My family moved over from Romania 10 years ago. It was a hard experience for all of us. I didn’t speak any English when I arrived. In Romania you start primary when you’re 7 years old, so when I came over I hadn’t ever been in school before. I had to learn English just as I started school for the first time.

Kamya Mandhar topped Ark Academy, Wembley by scoring nine 9s in all her subjects.Kamya Mandhar topped Ark Academy, Wembley by scoring nine 9s in all her subjects.

“My background is something that drives me – I want to become successful. A lot of successful people, such as J.K. Rowling, they got their drive to succeed by having come from a difficult background.

“Ark Elvin Academy has given me a massive amount of support. The teachers here are extremely good in all the subjects. They’ve been offering us after-school hours and Saturday hours to help us prepare for GCSEs. You can see that the teachers really care and they really are experts in their subjects.

“I get much of my self-discipline from Tae Kwan do. I’ve been doing this martial art for four years now. I’m a black belt and an instructor and recently I was British heavyweight champion for Tae Kwan do. Self-discipline really helps with academics.

“I teach younger students and it’s really nice to see them enjoy themselves and build their skills and their self-confidence.”

Kamya Mandhar topped Ark Academy, Wembley by scoring nine 9s in all her subjects, including physics, chemistry, biology, maths,English language, English literature, history, geography, religious education. She also scored an A in additional mathematics.

Kamya is an aspiring doctor, who wishes to serve the community she now calls home and grew up in, after having moved to Britain from India 14 years ago.

She in her early childhood saw her kid brother go through a tough patch in life with regular hospital appointments, medications, transplant and did not let an emotionally challenging environment and child hood get in her way.

On the contrary that firmed up her zeal and passion to pursue medicine at university, become a renal surgeon and give it back to NHS, local community and staff and doctors at great Ormond Street hospital for sick children in London where she recently completed a one week observer placement.

Ark Academy student Beheshta Harghandiwal achieved five 9s, five 8s and a 7 in her GCSE results. She would like to be a doctor and has completed work experience at a Harley Street hospital.

“The teachers were always around to support us,” she said. “They gave us lots of biscuits and water before our exams too. I’m going to study my A-levels at Ark Academy’s sixth form. I want to study biology, chemistry and maths and then go on to do medicine at university. “My mum is feeling really proud of me – she started to cry. I thought I would be the one to cry

“I think everyone should be proud of themselves. I did put a lot of work in, and if you put a lot of work in you get a lot back out.”

Ark Elvin pupil Marvyne Ouraga achieved four 9s, four 8s, one 7 and one 6 and said: “I did really well. I was really glad about my English Language grade. My English teacher, Ms Donachy, got me from a 6 grade to a 9 grade in just one year. It’s a big achievement.

“I did an extra GCSE in music which was a big challenge. Another obstacle was that the friends I was hanging around with weren’t academic like me. I had to put my friendships to one side and not go out so much so that I could do the work.

“I’m planning on doing four A-levels. My teachers told me to aim for Oxbridge. I think I could do it.”

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