A WALLSEND pupil is celebrating successful GCSE results – less than five years after arriving in the country and unable to speak any English.
Evdokia Kulmasova and her family moved to England five years ago from Russia.
And now the Newcastle-based Church High School pupil is celebrating five A*s, four As and one B in her GCSE results – and a B at A-level Russian two years early.
Evdokia said: “I am so overwhelmed right now – I wasn’t sure what to expect today but I am so happy.
“I started at Church High School three years ago – it is just brilliant, the best school I have been to.
“My parents decided to move to Britain to give us a better education and I couldn’t have wished for any more.
“I didn’t know any English when I first started – just the real basics and it took time to adjust.
“Now, to have achieved As for both my GCSE English Language and Literature is just fantastic, I can’t quite believe it.”
Evdokia is also a keen actress and pianist and is very much a part of the Russian community here in Newcastle.
The 16-year-old: “At home, we read Russian books, watch Russian television and speak in Russian to each other – this has all helped me to keep up with the language and prepared me well to take my A-level in Russian, although it has been a challenge revising for an A-level as well as all my GCSEs.
“I am looking forward to starting my A Levels here at Church High School, with many of my friends.
“I will be taking English, history, politics, psychology and French and eventually I hope to work in law.”