THREE Hackney students have secured scholarships to top fee-paying schools worth £150,000.
Hackney New School on Kingsland Road is celebrating after three of its students secured scholarships to top fee-paying schools.
Students Kadija Jatta and Cemre Dirik will soon be attending Fulham School in west London
Meanwhile, classmate Channay Butler-Revell will take her A-Levels at the £10,000-a-term Ashbourne College in Kensington.
The trio went through a rigorous selection process which included personal statements, entrance exams and interviews.
Cemre said: “My parents are so proud of me. I have to say a huge thanks to the school. To think two years ago before Mrs Whelan was headteacher something like this could happen would be impossible.
“My whole world has been transformed because of this school and what they are doing for us a as students. I cannot thank them enough”
The programme is run by the Community Schools Trust which oversees Hackney New School. More than 50 students from school’s in the Trust have won places at fee paying schools including Eton College.
Kadija added: “I’m definitely excited and maybe a little bit nervous. It’s such a great opportunity it’s hard to believe it’s real.”
Last year, former Hackney New School student Nicole Ariza won a £44,000 a year scholarship at Highgate School.