Students at a Leyton school have scored top marks in their A Levels with over half receiving the top grades.

Norlington School and Sixth Form’s results included 84 percent A* - C grades, 23 percent A*-A and 55 percent A*-B grades.

This meant more than a third of their students will leave Leyton for top Russell Group university including University College London, Imperial College, and Queen Mary’s.

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Among them is student Awaad Abdullah Ashraf, 18, got a place studying Imperial College London to study Chemical Engineering.

He said: “I’m so happy and relieved. When I called my mum, she was so excited she screamed. She was so pleased she said she would cook a massive meal for the whole of Leyton.

“Honestly, I was really anxious going into today, but the staff here are so great they emailed us and said not to worry.”

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Hamza MianHamza Mian Vice principal Carl Wadley said: “We are extremely proud of our Year 13 students and their achievements.

“Despite all the challenges that they faced caused by the disruption to their education from the pandemic, they have shown real dedication to their studies and resilience in sitting their formal exams.”

Chloe Allen, 18, is heading to UCL to study Biochemical Engineering.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Chloe AllenChloe Allen She said: “I’m very happy. It was a tough time because we were out of school a lot during COVID, and we did not take our GCSE so this is very new to us.

“But our teachers here were very supportive and helped with online lessons and we could go to them for help at any time.

“I think this is the best Sixth Form I could have attended, particularly because it’s very small and supportive.”

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He said: “I feel really good about my results, particularly with getting a distinction.

“I feel really grateful to the school.

“I have been here since Year 7 and I’ve had lots of the same teachers since then and they’ve been really helpful.”