A STUDENT who is celebrating after being the first from her school to get into a prestigious London college and another who says she "can't wait" to start her final year of A levels have unveiled their work at an exhibition.
Milly Rose Watt, 18, who goes to The King's Academy, in Coulby Newham, has won a place at the London College of Fashion to study contour design.
Although the academy has a reputation for top grades at A level textiles with a number of students gaining places to study fashion at top universities every year, Milly is the first to go to LCF, part of the University of the Arts London.
Her teacher Carey Brownless said: "We heard there were 2,000 applicants for 40 places so we are delighted for Milly that she's been accepted. Our students learn a lot of technical skills, including corsetry, quite early and I think this experience has really paid off for Milly."
One of Milly's pieces on display at the academy's end of year exhibition of art and design incorporated encaustic art using wax and salt painting.
Shamima Akhtar, 17, of Linthorpe, was also showing work, including a self portrait for her AS level fine art.
"It's my biggest accomplishment so far in my life. It took so much time and effort; I am proud of it," said Shamima, who wants to study fine art at university. She added: "I can't wait for what's to come with a whole second year to develop my skills further."
Scarlett Leader has recorded her one-year-old nephew Caleb for posterity in a 3D portrait after mastering a technique using cotton and nails.
"It's based on work by the artist Kumi Yamashita. I experimented with small pieces using different materials and eventually decided the cotton and nails worked best to create the light and shade," said Scarlett, 17, of Acklam.
The work of product design students was also on display in the academy's dedicated sixth form study centre.
Derek D'Souza, 18, showed his lamp made out of mahogany and a computer mouse fitted with six LED bulbs.
This year the exhibition, to which parents and family members were invited, was supported by GCSE catering students who made a range of canapés for the guests and exhibitors.