Bexley students achieves successful A-level results despite tough circumstances

PUBLISHED: 10:40 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:40 21 August 2018

Piriyankan Thavaraja will soon be studying at Brunel University. Picture: Christ the King Sixth Form

Piriyankan Thavaraja will soon be studying at Brunel University. Picture: Christ the King Sixth Form


While A-level students across the country deserve congratulations for their achievement, 18-year-old Piriyankan Thavaraja is in a league of his own.

Piriyankan is one of a number of students from Christ the King Sixth Form, which has sites in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich, who achieved top marks of D*D*D* in the elite level-3 BTEC; his subject is engineering.

But Piriyankan, 19, is estranged from his family back home in Sri Lanka and has been in care since his brother - his only relative in the UK - had to return home three years ago.

He said: “If Bexley council hadn’t been there I would have been on the streets.”

during his first year at Christ the King Sixth Form he was in accommodation in Woolwich - a long way from the campus - but is now in Sidcup.

He says he spent long hours studying on campus before going home each night.

While he was studying, he took two part-time jobs across four days a week, one in a local off-licence and another in a branch of the Co-Op, so that he could send £200 a month back to his brother in Sri Lanka.

Just seven pc of children in care progress to university. They are also five times more likely to have been excluded from school as their peers.

Piriyankan is now off to Brunel University to study civil engineering

“I like the idea of building houses,” he said.

“Civil engineering is practical and you can see the results of what you do.”

Christ the King Collegiate Principal Rob McAuliffe says he’s delighted by Piriyankan’s achievement: “Piriyankan is one of a number of our students who have overcome enormous obstacles to achieve academic success.

“He’s an extremely talented and modest young man and we are confident he will go on to a successful and fulfilling career after university. We’re extremely proud of him.”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Bexley Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Bexley Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Bexley Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Bexley news

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Wildlife enthusiasts are calling for “embarrassing” fly-tipping that is blighting marshland in Bexley to be cleared up.

Monday, November 19, 2018

A father has been found not guilty of killing his 10-week-old baby.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Entrepreneur Jo Malone has said her success is down to making “people smile and feel good” as she was made a CBE by the Prince of Wales.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

A man who ran over two elderly women with his electric wheelchair was sentenced on Friday, November 16 at Southwark Crown Court.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Christmas 2018 and the Northern Lights are welcomed to Bexleyheath on Saturday, November 17 with a spectacular mix of music and dance from stilt walkers to bhangra dancers, and acoustic artists to fire shows.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Now back from recording the second series of All Together Now, Brit School teacher and Bromley local Georg Tormann is now warming up for Christmas with his Beckenham-based choir.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Bexley artist has raised her concerns that a revamp of Hall Place will see the death of the art scene in the area.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24