Ark Alexandra students thrilled with results and awarded over £60k in university bursaries.

Thursday 18 August 2022

Year 13 students are thrilled today after securing high marks, with a third of results achieving A*/A, and bursaries worth £60,000, enabling several students to study at top universities.

Hannah Barnicoat-Hill will receive the Reuben Foundation bursary, worth £22,500 and will study Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Hannah demonstrates a clear passion for maths; her teachers describe her as “living and breathing anything to do with maths”. Hannah has a particular interest in women in maths and, as a result, has founded and is running a maths club for younger students, inspiring her peers with her expertise, curiosity and passion.

Ayah Osman is heading off to Kings College London. She is delighted to receive the Urbanest bursary, which will provide fully funded accommodation in London. Ayah said “I am so happy to have gained a place at Kings College to study Nursing. Ark Alexandra has supported me to achieve my full potential.”

Mustafa Samadi will receive a bursary worth £9,000. He has accepted a place at university to study Politics and International Relations. He is the first generation of his family to go to university, and the bursary will ease the financial strain of tuition and living costs.

Owen Jones will receive a bursary worth £9,000. He has accepted a place at university to study Geography. He is also the first generation of his family to go to university, and the bursary will ease the financial strain of tuition and living costs.

Other high achievers include:

  • Josh Ramsbottom A*A*A*A
  • Biddy Davies A*A*A
  • Mustafa Samadi A*AA
  • Stuart Grey A*AA
  • Valeria Zmuncila A*AA

Principal Liam Collins said:

"It's an important day for our Year 13 students. They didn't take their GCSEs in 2020 due to the pandemic. Covid-19 further disrupted their education as they went into the sixth form, which makes this the first year sitting exams since the coronavirus outbreak. We are especially proud of our students gaining a third of their results at A*/A. They have our utmost admiration for carrying on and succeeding through adversity.

"It's been difficult, but we've ensured that no child was left behind and received the support they needed. Today is a culmination of their hard work, and I am so happy for their successes."