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Success for Nepalese teenager who only started to learn English three years ago
12:13pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in News
A HIMALAYAN student has reached his peak after gaining top grades in his GCSE exams.
Nepalese-born Bhuwan Gurung, a pupil at Risedale Sports and Community College, at Hipswell, Catterick Garrison, achieved an impressive eight A * and A grades.
Bhuwan, of Catterick, only learned to speak English after joining Risedale in 2010 and is the first non-native speaker in the college’s history to achieve such outstanding results.
The 16-year-old gained six A*s in biology, chemistry, geography, maths, physics and religious education and two A grades in information technology and PE.
He was one of four Risedale pupils to gain eight A* and A grades including Ashia Blackmore, 16, Kier Mackie, 16, and Jake Sims, 16.
“I believe that anyone can achieve their ambitions if they work hard,” said Bhuwan who is to study A-level maths, further maths, economics and physics at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington.
“With dedication, hard work and help from my teachers I not only succeeded but exceeded all my expectations.”
Across North Yorkshire as a whole students again performed well above the national average. Results so far this year show that the proportion of pupils achieving five GCSE passes at A* to C grades, will be over 65 per cent, similar to last year and well above last year’s national figure of 59 per cent.
A number of schools have scored significant increases of more than five per cent on last year. They include: Whitby Community College; Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering; Malton School; St Francis Xavier School, Richmond; Norton College and Ripon College.
The county’s executive member for schools, Arthur Barker, said: “As ever, our results overall give us much to celebrate and we must congratulate students for all their hard work and focus and staff for their dedication and high standards in the quality of teaching and learning.
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