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Phoenix headteacher praises latest set of school leavers

The headteacher of Phoenix Academy in Shepherd’s Bush has hailed some 'remarkable success stories' among his students receiving A-level results this year.

A number of those completing their studies at the school secured places at leading universities, including University of London institutions such as King’s College London, SOAS, Goldsmiths and City.

Nimo Noordin Ahmed achieved As in English, psychology and sociology.

Hazel Oldershaw picked up three A*s in her diploma in childcare & education, one of several vocational courses run by the school’s sixth form.

Imam Ghaseni and Parvis Khalique both achieved three distinctions in their BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in sports science. The pair will be starting sports science degrees at Brunel University in the autumn.

Reece Gairy got two distinctions and a merit on the same BTEC, and has earned a place at the University of Roehampton to study sport and education.

Khalis Ibrahim and Anisa Zasella were among the others to achieve three As or three distinctions on their courses.

Gladys Alvarado achieved two BTEC distinctions and one D, to secure a place on a nursing course at Queen Mary College.

Marc Manoza achieved a distinction and two merits and will be off to the University of Westminster later this year to study media.

“I am pleased and proud of our students today,” said headteacher Michael Taylor.

“Their hard work and commitment has paid off, and a significant number have overcome some major obstacles to achieve their results.

“The majority of our students will be going on to university, and we wish them every success for the future”, added Mr Taylor.

Phoenix Academy, which lies just south of the Westway, has 950 students in total.

It was the school’s first set of A-level results since it became an academy in September 2016.