Phoenix High School headteacher commends students' amazing success stories

A year of hard work paid off for high-flying students at Phoenix High School as top performers bagged themselves a place at university.

The Shepherd’s Bush school, which is set to become an academy in September, enjoyed a successful A level results day with dozens of students achieving above expectations.

Delighted youngsters tore into envelopes after a sleepless night waiting for the results.

While some could celebrate a place at university straight away, others were left scrambling for spots through clearing.

Jibril Hassan, 18, was among the school’s highest achievers, securing an A* in Maths, an A in Chemistry and a B in Physics to book his place at University College London to study Chemical Engineering.

He said: “I have been on my laptop all morning trying to find out whether I had got a place. Thankfully it was announced early at around 7.30am. I needed three As and was very nervous – so it was really emotional when the results came through. I did not really sleep at all last night but I am over the moon now.

“I was thinking about medicine at first but realised it was not for me. Over the four years I am going to try to experiment and see what I like. There are so many aspects to Chemical Engineering. It offers so much.”

Another of the university-bound students was Ayesan Kermanipour, 18, who is set to study Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

She said: “I was so scared this morning but I am very proud and relieved that it’s all finished. I’m so happy that I do not have to go through clearing. I always had my eye on SOAS and am interested in a career in corporate law.

”Headteacher Michael Taylor said there had been some 'amazing success stories' at Phoenix and that he was proud of the students’ efforts over the academic year.

He said: “We have had some excellent results not just from our high-achieving students but also from students who have overcome major obstacles to get better grades than they or their families ever thought were possible.”