An 18-year-old partially blind girl from London was just one of a number of Asian pupils who celebrated their A-Level results last week.
Simran Kaur from Villiers High School in Southall, west London, was advised to take a year off but decided to complete her A-Levels.
Kaur, who went partially blind after she was affected by glaucoma in her left eye, found out last Thursday (18) that she passed all her exams even though she was unable to attend all her classes.
She said: “It started pretty much as soon as I started my A-Levels, so you could say it was really bad timing. The teachers tried to convince me to take a break and do it next year.
“They were looking out for me, but I was so determined I even went to the head teacher to convince him I could do it. He believed in me, which I am so grateful for.”
Kaur was able to undergo corrective surgery on her eye only in July, after her exams.
“My friends thought that I was crazy taking the exams without being able to see. I suppose it was, but it all worked out.
“I was way behind in my studies, and obviously studying was quite hard without being able to see. My sight is good now and everything is okay but it will always be a time I remember as a real challenge,” she added.
Kaur has now been offered admission to Hertfordshire University but is weighing up her options.
“I couldn’t be more pleased for Simran. She is a real example to everyone – students and teachers,” said her teacher Patrick Cootes.
“She has showed that there are no barriers to success at Villiers High School – if you work really hard and follow your dreams, anything is possible.”
The Swaminarayan School in Neasden, London, achieved an extremely high pass rate for A*-B grades among its students.
Its demographic remains majority Asian, in line with the goals established by its founder, the late His Holiness Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
“I am very proud all of them have achieved the successes they have in an uncertain environment,” said headmaster Nilesh Manini.
“I must, in particular mention Raksha Jain, who has achieved three grades at A* at A Level, one A at AS, and will now be reading Bio-Med at St George’s.”
Others that passed were Tej Master, with three A Levels at A, A and B grades, who will now be taking a gap year.
Monique Amin got four A Levels, with A, B, B and B grades, and will be going to Cardiff University. Aditya Vachaspati obtained A*, A, B and B grades.
Dhaval Patel has three A Levels with A*, A and A grades and will be going to Cass Business School (CASS), while Eeshan Verma and Vishali Pala will be attending Imperial after gaining A*, A, A and A(AS), and A*, A* and A* grades respectively.
The results should help the Swaminarayan School maintain its rank as the fourth best independent school in the UK.
Approximately 440,000 students will be preparing for university next month. Results were declared across the UK. Girls once again got better results than boys, with 79.7 per cent getting grades A* to C, compared with 75 per cent.This is also a record
year for students being offered university admissions.