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Superstar pupil with 14 GCSEs from The Compton School in North Finchley must wait on sixth form place at Henrietta Barnett in Hampstead Garden Suburb
A superstar pupil who achieved A*s and As in 14 GCSEs is still waiting to hear if she will be accepted at her preferred sixth form.
Puja Bhagat, 16, aced her Year 11 exams with eight A*s and five As, including additional subjects in further maths, citizenship and an early GCSE in humanities she took in Year 9.
But despite being predicted top grades earlier this year, the Compton School pupil was told she would not necessarily be accepted at the exclusive Henrietta Barnett School – her sixth form of choice.
The grammar school in Hampstead Garden Suburb rejected the talented pupil at her first application and asked her to reapply if she managed to achieve her expected scores.
Having now wiped the board with incredible results, Puja is hoping she will be accepted at the school to study biology, chemistry, physics and maths in September.
The academic ace said: “I felt a bit bad when I heard I had been rejected. I wondered if I was really that bad compared to the other pupils who applied but I was so happy when I got my results.
“I never expected to do quite so well. It was really hard and very stressful but my mum was very supportive and I got through it ok.”
Puja is hoping to one day study medicine at university and already has her sights on a career as a dermatologist.
Before that, she likes the idea of working for a beauty magazine writing about skin treatments.
And she fails to see her incredible exam success as simply the next stepping stone in further education.
She said: “I feel like I have achieved something today – we all have. This will stay with me for the rest of my life.
“The last five years here have been great but now I’m looking forward to moving on and taking on new challenges.”
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