Fulham refugee from Somalia who spoke no English when fleeing civil warfare wins place at dream college

A Somali refugee now dwelling in Fulham has secured a spot at his dream college, 11 years after fleeing the civil warfare in his native nation. Nagma Abdi, who arrived within the UK along with her household when she was seven, has secured a spot at her first selection college, the London School of Economics, the place she is going to examine social anthropology.

Mrs Abdi, 18, achieved unbelievable outcomes with A in sociology, simply 4 grades in need of an A*, as nicely as B in psychology and C in media research. At her faculty, Ark Putney Academy, she mentioned: “I feel very happy, I’ve worked very hard and of course it’s been quite challenging with Covid.”

It comes as tons of of hundreds of college students throughout the nation obtain their A-level outcomes right now (August 18) after sitting exams for the primary time for the reason that coronavirus outbreak. Ms Abdi continued: “It made everything more difficult, you were very unsure of what was happening. We weren’t sure if the exams would happen, then there were questions about grade limits and the questions because we’ve had curriculum changes.”

After arriving within the UK along with her household as a younger lady who spoke no English, her first problem was attending to grips with the language and grammar. She mentioned: “English became a big challenge – it took me about a year and a half to practice grammar – but in the end everything went well for me.”

A-level grades acquired by UK college students have fallen on the previous two years however stay increased than pre-pandemic ranges. Grades have been anticipated to fall again from 2021 ranges – when college students have been assessed by their lecturers – as a part of a transition yr, with grades meant to replicate a mid-point between final yr and 2019.

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) mentioned the general go fee – the proportion of entries graded A* to E – fell by 1.1 proportion factors from 99.5 per cent in 2021 to 98.4 per cent this yr. However, this is a rise of 0.8 factors from 97.6 p.c within the pre-pandemic yr of 2019.

Nagma Abdi (left) and Zuhoor Haibe with their A stage outcomes at Ark Putney Academy, South West London (Image: PA Wire/PA Images)

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