A nail biting wait for Maria is over as she learned of her outstanding GCSE results today at Newcastle High.

Receiving news of eight grade 9s, one grade 8 and one grade A, Maria Zahid realised that she definitely had nothing to be worried about.

She said: “I was hoping to have achieved all grade 8s so my expectations of myself were high but I was utterly shocked and very relieved to see that I had achieved nearly all grade 9s. I am particularly delighted with my grade 9 in Maths.”

Asking Maria about the secret of her success and any advice she would offer girls starting their GCSE studies this year, Maria said: “I would advise to work hard right from day one in Year 10. I aimed to have the right mind-set and determination to achieve top grades. I also learned that there will always be set backs along the way, that sometimes things don’t go the way you want, so it’s important to learn how to pick yourself back up.”

Maria’s excellent results demonstrate exactly what can be achieved with the right approach.

Looking at the next stage of her education at NHSG, Maria will be taking A Levels in Biology and Chemistry; in addition she is currently choosing between Latin and Maths.

She explained: ”I am hoping to go on to study Medicine – I really love the sciences and Medicine feels like a natural progression – I am fascinated by how the body works. I do however very much enjoy Latin so I am going to see whether this will be an alternative option at A Level.

“I am very excited for Sixth Form at NHSG. I know it will be the start of a new journey for me and I am planning on starting with the right mind-set to do my very best.”

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