Preston Manor students achieve GCSE top grades

Ruoqiao (right) and Marjon (2nd from right) from Preston Manor School achieved 14 A* and 7 As betwee

Ruoqiao (right) and Marjon (2nd from right) from Preston Manor School achieved 14 A* and 7 As between them - Credit: Archant

Two high-achieving Preston Manor students who did not speak a word of English when they immigrated to the UK have celebrated an impressive haul of GCSE results.

Overall, 65 per cent of students at the school in Carlton Avenue East, Wembley, achieved five or more A*-C grades including maths and english.

One student, Milan Patel, achieved top grades in all 10 of his GCSEs

Ruoqiao He, 16, who lives in Wembley, moved from Hunan, in China at the tender age of 12 without a grasp on the English language.

She has now achieved A*s in GCSE english literature and language as well as art, chemistry, physics, geography, maths and French. She also gained A grades in sociology and biology.

Telling the Times that she is the first person in her family to take the exams, she continued: “I am feeling great. It is always good to know that all your hard work has paid off. I have come so far since coming into the country.”

Similarly, Marjon Karimee, 16, who also lives in Wembley, moved from Tilburg, in Holland, to Britain when she was only 10 years old with the ability to speak in Dutch and Farsi –the principle language of Iran.

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Now tri-lingual, adding English to her repertoire, Marjon gained in 12 GCSEs including six A*s; five As and one B.

She plans to study sociology, chemistry, biology and Maths at A-Levels, with aspirations to become a dentist.

“I was very nervous but I’m glad to finally get my results and I am happy that I’ve done so well.”

Her proud mother, Marzi Ghanizada, added: “I am very happy of course and very grateful to the school.”

Matthew Lantos, headteacher, said: “These GCSE results demonstrate that our students and staff have coped really well with recent exam changes and the ‘volatility’ that has been talked about in the national press.”

He continued: “It makes me very proud when I consider the individual challenges our students have overcome in achieving these results; more than half of them are entitled to the Pupil Premium, two thirds speak English as an additional language and nearly half have special educational needs.”