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City and Islington College students Chris DaCosta-Jackdeo and Ruby McGuire A level success
6:31pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
Losing his father could have been the end of one Tottenham student’s academic career, but support from his college and his own strength of mind helped Chris DaCosta-Jackdeo to better grades than he could have dreamed of.
The 19-year-old, who studied at City and Islington College, initially failed his A levels after his father died from a long illness in the middle of his son’s studies.
But the determined student retook his exams and yesterday received two As and a B in English, sociology and media, enabling him to study English language and linguistics at Kent University.
He said: “I was really struggling and I failed my exams really badly. But when I needed it most the college understood, supported me, and let me back in to retake my A levels.
Chris, who hopes to go on to a career in either speech therapy, broadcasting or writing, added: “I’m really glad I carried on. I know my dad would be proud of me as he always encouraged me.
“It was very difficult, but it also made me focus my mind and realise that I really had to do this. I could have easily given up, but it’s all worth it now as getting these grades is more than I could have dreamed of.”
Keren Abse, director of the college’s sixth form, said: “We are very proud of what Chris has achieved as he has shown true grit and determination and dug deep this year in his studies.
“As a college we are committed to our students, not just with teaching, but in support for all aspects of their lives and personal development. We wish Chris all the very best for the future.”
Another Haringey resident, Ruby McGuire, of Crouch End, made it into Cambridge University to study Asian and Middle Eastern Studies after achieving three A* grades in maths, English literature and French.
She said: “I have had loads of amazing teachers during my time here and there is a huge amount of support for students applying to Oxbridge, it’s been amazing, and I cannot wait to start my course.”
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