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Syrian refugees celebrate A-level results

The students endured horrific journeys to reach the UK Credit: ITV

Two teenage Syrian refugees are celebrating their A-level results as they take the next step to fulfil their dreams to become doctors "to give something back".

Sulaiman Wihba and Elias Badin were both given scholarships by Brighton College after they were spotted two years ago after making the "torturous" two-month journey from their war-torn country.

Mr Wihba, 19, from Hove, East Sussex, said he was driven by his desire to become a doctor to achieve four A* grades in maths further maths, physics and chemistry earning him a place at Queen Mary University of London.

He said: "It's all about payback, being a doctor, helping people, it's really interesting, I like problem solving, providing the best care. My mum will be so happy."

He added: "My 15-year-old self wouldn't imagine myself here, it's overwhelming. I have been in the UK for two years now, I didn't find it hard to integrate within the new society. I feel really accepted."

Mr Wihba said that he hoped one day to return to Syria but added: "The situation there is really impossible to cope with, if things get better I would love to go back but I can't see things getting better in the short term."

Mr Badin, who achieved A* in maths and As in further maths, physics and chemistry, said: "I am very content with my results even though I expected them to be higher, now I am awaiting confirmation of my place to study medicine at Queen Mary University which is my dream."

Mr Wihba reached the UK after travelling through Europe and stowing away in a refrigerated van packed with boxes of frozen chips while Mr Badin travelled to Greece on a small boat with 40 refugees packed on board.

Thousands of students find out A level results

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It is judgement day for thousands of students across the south as they find out their A Level results.

Today marks the end of 14 years of study for many.

Results are expected to be more unpredictable and uncertain than usual because reforms have meant completely new exams in many subjects this year.

Mary Bousted, Association of Teachers and Lecturers


Nervous time for A-level students

It's a nervous time for nearly 300,000 students who are getting their A-level results on Thursday - and this year's results are expected to be more unpredictable than usual.

That's because reforms have meant completely new exams - in many subjects - with no one really knowing how things will turn out.

Some predict universities will have to accept students who have failed to get the required grades - just to fill their courses. Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Christine Alsford, reports.

Interviewees: Ulfat Islam, A-Level student; Paul Overton, Head of Sixth Form; Chris McGovern, Campaign for Real Education; Dr Mary Bousted, Association of Teachers and Lecturers; Tere Daly, University Pro Vice Chancellor.

The rise and rise of vocational exams

This week, hundreds of thousands of teenagers will be finding out how they fared in their A levels - Thursday's results day is one of the biggest events in the education calendar.

But every year more and more teenagers are sitting a whole host of more vocational exams. They are accepted by nearly every university in the country, but get very little public recognition.

Our Social Affairs Correspondent, Christine Alsford, has been trying to redress the balance and reports on the rise - and rise - of the B.Tech.

Credits: Charity Phiri, student; picture credit Leon Clements Beall; Sarah Stannard, Further Education College Principal; Kyle Wilson, games designer & student; Josh Denham, apprentice.


African school opens after Dan's fundraising

The money is coming from Dan Mew's fundraising Credit: Dan Mew

A charity in Eastleigh which has been trying to raise £80,000 to build a primary school in Kenya has now opened the building. The founder Dan Mew began a gruelling 700-mile sponsored cycle ride from Kenya to Tanzania on Sunday. He's hoping to gather the final amount needed to keep the school going.

Jane Austen exhibition is a success in Winchester

The exhibition is attracting thousands of people Credit: ITV

'Inspired by the Word' is a multi-venue visual arts exhibition, proving popular at Winchester Cathedral. The exhibition celebrates the literature of writers Jane Austen, Edward Thomas and Gilbert White. The theme chosen for Winchester Cathedral’s exhibition is Jane Austen. Artists have been inspired by both the author and the cathedral setting. The exhibition runs until the end of September.

Former pupils bid farewell to old school

Former pupils of a Hampshire secondary have been back to their old school, saying goodbye before it closes its doors for the last time. Christine Alsford caught up with the former Bitterne Park pupils as they walked the familiar corridors for the first time in decades.

Interviewees: Nancy Kinnersley, former pupil, Bitterne Park School

Christopher Whitbread, Deputy Headteacher

Janice Cherry & Carole Armstrong, former pupils, Bitterne Park School

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