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Girl power! North London students ace A-levels

SMART: Eleanor Rattenbury, left, and Chanté Whiteman were ecstatic about their A-level results

A TALENTED singer and drama student from north London was left open-mouthed at her phenomenal A-level results following a disaster with her drama coursework.

Eleanor Rattenbury, 18, who attends Mill Hill County High, in the London borough of Barnet, was thrilled to discover she not only achieved two As in drama and Religious Studies, but also an A* in English Literature.

“I can’t believe it,” she said shaking her head.

“I was hoping for As but I never thought I’d actually get them. I’ve worked so hard for this. It’s amazing especially after everything I’ve gone through.

“The day before my 3,500-word drama coursework was due, I thought I’d saved it to my computer but it just disappeared. I panicked, but I just had to work even harder and spent the next day redoing the whole thing. I’ve got to call my mum!”

Rattenbury, who helped choreograph a school production of Grease, is now off to Birmingham University to study English and theatre studies.

When asked if she had any worried about tuition fees, which are now capped at £9,000, she said: “The way I see it, the whole of my generation is going to leave saddled with debt.

“Who knows if we will ever get to clear the debt or not, but the experience, the knowledge, and the opportunities you get at university is something no one can ever take away from you.

“Education is priceless.”

Fellow Mill Hill County pupil, Chanté Whiteman, agreed.

The 18-year-old achieved two As and a B, in maths, French and chemistry, respectively, and is on her way to Sheffield University to study maths and French.

“My attitude is that tuition fees have gone up, and we might not like it, but that’s the way it is,” said Whiteman.

“I really want to go to university and I know that good things will happen for me if I do. It will be expensive, but it’s a privilege to go to university and so it is well worth the sacrifice.”

Whiteman, from Edmonton, earned a place at Mill Hill County, a high-performing selective school, thanks to her talent for dance.

But she has other plans for her academic future.

She said: “It is really important to speak a second language, but I wanted to do maths as well.

“Not many universities offer that, so there wasn’t a wide range to choose from. I went to visit Sheffield and was really impressed. It’s a great uni, and the vibe was really friendly”, Whiteman added.

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