East End students were full of smiles as they secured top A-level grades to round off two years of hard work.

Tower Hamlets College recorded its best ever results with 31% achieving qualifications at A*, A and B.

This was an increase of 3% on last year and went hand in hand with an overall pass rate of 92%.

Mohammed Mujib Miah, from Westferry, gained an A* in mathematics and two A grades in physics and English Language and Literature.

He will take his science skills to University College London and study physics.

Bow-based Farjana Aktar, will start City University in September to read sociology with psychology.

Principal Gerry McDonald said: “I am very proud of the hard work and dedication of our students in achieving such good results.

“Many of our students can now look forward to progressing to leading universities in London and beyond to study fantastic degree subjects and we wish them every success in their studies and future careers.”

Meanwhile, it was female young achievers in the spotlight at Mulberry School for Girls.

The east London pupils recently welcomed American First Lady Michelle Obama on site and it was her positivity which perhaps inspired 75% to achieve A* to C grades.

An impressive 80% were offered places to continue studying at Oxbridge or Russell Group universities.

Thasneem Zaman, 18, achieved one A* and two Bs and will follow a passion for Geography at University College London.

She said: “I’m so happy. I want to thank the school. All my teachers were so, so supportive. Teachers would respond almost 24/7 – in fact, one actually emailed me back when he was on holiday. I couldn’t have achieved these grades without the support of the school.”

Mulberry headteacher Dr Vanessa Ogden said: “With outstanding teaching, excellent pastoral care in school and the creation of self-belief as well as an environment that promotes the success of women in particular, you can aim high and achieve those ambitions regardless of your starting point.”