Maria Shines

Albany Academy student, Maria Babu received her GCSE results and has cause to be delighted. Maria whose family moved to England in 2010 has overcome many obstacles to achieve amazing GCSE results.

Maria moved to Chorley from Pakistan and started her education at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School where she had to adapt to a foreign culture, learn the language and make new friends while at the same time trying to focus on her education. Maria spoke of the early difficulties and how she required an ‘additional support worker’ to help her in the classroom. Maria said “It was difficult in the beginning as I was trying to learn the language. My primary school and Albany really helped me and provided me with the support worker in the classroom and but it was certainly challenging.”

Maria achieved 10 GCSE grades A*- C and was part of high achieving cohort from Albany. Maria’s grades, which included an A* in Art and Design, were made all the more remarkable considering she has only been part of the education system in England for 6 years. These grades included A’s in both English language and English Literature as well as Geography and Physics. Maria also achieved B grades in Biology, Chemistry and French.

Maria was particularly delighted with here results in science where she felt the papers were “very difficult.”

Head teacher, Peter Mayland spoke of the lasting impact Maria has had on all at Albany. “Maria is a polite and charming young lady, who has been a genuine leader in our school and a role model for her peers and our younger students. Her work ethic is second to none and as a result her achievements are excellent and given her background they are nothing short of inspirational.”

The outstanding results are just the first step towards a career in medicine as Maria now heads on to Wigan and Leigh College to study Biology, Chemistry and Maths as part of the colleges Professional Honors Programme. Maria hopes to be a Doctor.

Maria saved special thanks to the staff at Albany saying “I have had such great support from everyone at Albany and particularly Miss Fox [Head of Science] and the science faculty. I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone at the school.”