GCSE stars fly high after making the grade

A POLISH student who arrived in the country as a 10-year-old and unable to speak the language sealed strong passes in GCSE English.

Nikola Michalak, 16, from Nightingale Academy, Edmonton, clinched a grade 6 in language and literature, maths, 2 A*s, a B and 3 Cs.

She spent a year out of education when her family arrived in the country but joined in year 7 and helped her classmates in maths lessons.

She said: “I was always the best in my class in Poland for maths and so when I started at Nightingale I was able to help my classmates. Even though I didn’t speak English, it was about numbers and so I could show them.”

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