Monday, August 17th, 2015.

Astrophysics, Medicine, Sports Management, Adult Nursing, Graphics and Design and Maths are just some of the degree courses Excelsior Academy students will study next term at university after a day of A Level success.
The sixth formers at Excelsior College gained above target performance in one, two and three A* to B grades in A Levels, vocational qualifications and overall studies.
Dreams of pursuing chosen careers took a step closer to reality for many of the pupils when they tore open envelopes containing their all important grades – achieved after many months of study and application.
For schoolboy entrepreneurs Sam Kankuni and Damy Thomas, their academic achievement means they are off to university to study Graphics and Design.
The duo’s ‘Acta Sanctorum’ fashion label housing their own hip-hop influenced clothing line marketed through social media has already gained them a loyal customer base.
Damy achieved an A* in Art and Design and a BTEC Merit in IT while Sam’s A grade in Art and Design and C pass in Textiles means they are now examining higher education options, including Salford University.
Damy said: “The university has a great reputation for helping fashion and design students. They will be able to give us more knowledge about the industry and with their experience of the business we could go on to create something really great.”
Science enthusiast Mohammed Al-Hadi has secured a dream place at Northumbria University studying Physics with Astrophysics after outstanding A Level results.
An Engineering BTEC Distinction Star, Maths A Level B and Physics A Level B grades mean Mohammed is one of a lucky few students to gain a place on the sought after course.
“Since I was very young when I started watching documentaries and TV programmes, I’ve always been interested in Physics,” he said.
“One particular part that interests me is black holes. I understand the laws of Physics , it is really neat, but once you enter the realms of the black hole the laws of physics break apart and do not work anymore, and I want to explore that.”
Mabel Ochebiri only arrived at Excelsior two years ago with limited English language skills after moving with her family from Tuscany in Italy.
Now she is celebrating an A grade in Italian at A Level and C grades in Maths and Chemistry. She’s off to study Maths at Northumbria University with her sights set on a career in finance or accounting.
“I didn’t speak much English but by studying from text books you learn new words and by having lots of English friends, my English improved,” said Mabel.
“The teachers were very supportive, they gave me a lot of attention and Excelsior is a good environment to learn in.”
A BTEC distinction star in Performing Arts and an A Level B in Media Studies ensured Dzikamai Mudamburi is off to study Marketing Management at Northumbria University.
Joining him there on a Business Management degree course will be fellow Excelsior pupil Damon Dornan after achieving a BTEC distinction star in Business Studies, plus a B at A Level Media Studies and C in A Level IT.
Dzikamai said: “Excelsior has given me everything, I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in if I didn’t come to this school.
“When I read the email from Northumbria University I started dancing, I probably woke up the neighbours with the noise I was making. To get into university after all that hard work is amazing.”
A career as sports coaches or teachers possibly awaits talented Craig Prudhoe, Louise Robinson and Steven Howard.
All three achieved coveted Double Distinction Stars at BTEC Sport, allowing them all to head to Northumbria University next year to study Sports Coaching, Sports Science and Coaching and Sports Management respectively.
Tyler Thompson is celebrating three BTEC Distinction Stars at IT, Engineering and Health and Social Care, meaning he can study Adult Nursing at Northumbria University next term.
“I want to work at the Freeman Hospital or the RVI, I just like to care for people, it’s something I’m really passionate about,” said Tyler.
“I’m over the moon, buzzing that I’m going to university.”
Phil Marshall, Excelsior Academy Executive Principal, said: “The pupils’ achievements are down to their hard work and application, with the support of our teachers.
“To see the delight of pupils being accepted into university is one of the highlights of being a teacher and I congratulate every one of our sixth formers on their hard work and exam achievements.”