Students were relieved their hard work paid off when they got their A-level results this morning.

Year 13s at Northwood College got a set of outstanding A-levels with a 100 per cent pass rate.

One half of the grades were A*- A and, dramatically surpassing the national average, 77 per cent of the grades at A*- B pass rate.

The students had been on tenterhooks - but their nerves turned to relief when they ripped open their envelopes.

Headteacher, Jacqualyn Pain, said: “With half of our girls achieving at least two A* - A grades, our excellent results are a true testament to the exceptionally high standard of a Northwood College education and the effectiveness of our forward-thinking teaching techniques and approach.

Jyotsna Aiyangar, 17, achieved two A*’s and one A and is setting off for Warwick University to study Politics, Psychology and Economics with a view to entering the world of banking.

She said: “I am relieved and so happy”.

Kartika Rajaratnam, 18, achieved one A* and three A’s and is hoping to become an engineer after studying civil engineering at UCL. Kartika said: “I would like to thank my wonderful teachers who have supported me since the age of 11."

Emma Ross, 18, achieved one A*, two A’s and one B and is set to study maths at University of Surrey.

She said: “I am delighted, thrilled, overwhelmed and relieved."

Former Head Girl, Martha Barnes, 18, got three A’s.

She said “I am so pleased – over the moon in fact." Martha is looking forward to attending Birmingham University to study Politics and International Relations.

Emma Ross (aged 18, pictured above right) who achieved one A*, two A’s and one B and is set to study Maths at University of Surrey, said “I am delighted, thrilled, overwhelmed and relieved”.

Hamidah Saleem (aged 19, pictured left) achieved two A’s and one A* and is heading off to read English and French at Oxford. She commented: “I am absolutely delighted, thank you to all my teachers for always being there for me”.

Hamidah’s beaming parents added “We are relieved and so proud and we also want to thank all of Hamidah’s teachers”.

Former Head Girl, Martha Barnes (aged 18, pictured left) achieved three A’s and commented “I am so pleased – over the moon in fact!”. Martha is looking forward to attending Birmingham University to study Politics and International Relations.

Mariam Ameer (aged 18, pictured left) joined Northwood College just two years ago after emigrating from Bahrain and today achieved three A’s. Set to study Psychology at Warwick University, Mariam said: “I am absolutely delighted, relieved and excited!”.

Riya Kotecha (aged 18, pictured left) achieved two A*’s and one A and will study Accounting and Finance at Nottingham University. “I am thrilled”, she exclaimed. “She deserves this as she has worked so very hard”, Riya’s very proud parents added.

Kannisha Emmanuel (aged 18, pictured left) achieved 3 A’s, and is going to Cardiff University to study Optometry. “I feel so good - I did better than I expected!”, Kannisha commented.

Tanushri Warnapala (aged 18) achieved two A*’s and one A is off to Cardiff University with a long term vision to become a dentist. She commented: “I am nervous but am also very excited that I am embarking on my university experience.”

Miss Pain said: “We are confident that each and every one of our girls will thrive academically at Northwood College for Girls, but to truly excel in this fast changing world young people need so much more than examination results alone.

We work hard to ensure that our girls leave school with a vital range of life skills. Designed to enable each girl to develop independent and creative thinking, our robust Thinking Skills and Emotional Resilience programmes encourage the girls out of their comfort zone and provide them with the tools and techniques to face all future challenges with confidence and self-assertiveness.”

Miss Pain concluded: “We will miss our Year 13 but I am delighted that they now join the GDST alumnae which will provide them with a unique opportunity to communicate with past and present GDST students from a wide range of industries and environments.

We wish them all the very best for the future and are certain that they are each fully equipped with the knowledge and confidence that they require to truly succeed.”

For more information please contact: Mrs Claudine Pearce, Marketing Director at Northwood College for Girls on 01923 845072 or

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