They laughed, they cried — now JFS high-fliers get down to busi­ness

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

THEWALLSof JFS’smain­hall­re­sounded last week with the re­lief, de­light and next-step plans of 258 stu­dents.

Isaac Virchis, 18, re­vealed his novel ap­proach to tack­ling pre-re­sults anx­i­ety. He spent the even­ing be­fore at a com­edy club.

“I’ve been do­ing what­ever I can to keep my­self dis­tracted,” he said. Not that he had much cause for con­cern: he gained three A*s and an A at A-level, se­cur­ing a place to read Phi­los­o­phy, Pol­i­tics and Eco­nom­ics at Ox­ford.

Layah Helpern con­fessed she had “cried with hap­pi­ness” when she re­ceived her two As and a B, meet­ing her con­di­tional of­fer to study broad­cast jour­nal­ism at Leeds Univer­sity.

F o r t w i n s So­phie and Sab­rina Hunt, Thurs­day was a dou­ble whammy. They re­ceived two As and a B and four As r e s pec­tively, se­cur­ing of­fers to study at Leeds Univer­sity. “It was always planned for us to go to the same place,” So­phie said. “It will cer­tainly make life eas­ier for our par­ents.”

Maya Po­tish­man, 18, was also in high spir­its, de­spite having been awake since 4am. She flew back from Is­rael to find she had won a place to study experimental psy­chol­ogy at Ox­ford Univer­sity. “The plane jour­ney was the long­est five hours of my life,” she said.

As for Ge­or­gia Mau­rice, who met her of­fer to study speech and lan­guage ther­apy at Birm­ing­ham City Univer­sity, the day pro­vided an ex­tra level of poignancy for her mother, Ali­son.

“I was also a JFS stu­dent, but I didn’t do A-lev­els or go to univer­sity,” Ms Mau­rice said. “For me and my hus­band, who also didn’t get a de­gree, to see our child achiev­ing this is mas­sive.

“The at­mos­phere at home has been hor­ri­bly in­tense. We h a v e been­watch­ing The Real Housewives of New York to keep us dis­tracted.”

PHOTO: JAMIE LANG

Isaac Virchis ( left) and Bradley Franks

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