A teen maths machine has her eyes set on the world of finance after achieving the highest possible grades in her A levels and will go on to study for a degree in accountancy and finance at Warwick University.
Reena Pattni, 18, from Leicester, secured three A stars in Accounting, Economics and Mathematics – only twice dropping below A* throughout her two years studying at Loughborough College.
The results come just weeks after Reena won a prize at the College’s annual Student Awards for her hard work and consistently high grades in accounting.
Reena said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw my results. I’m so happy. I’ve always tried really hard at school and I’ve always wanted to go into accountancy so this is great. My family are delighted.”
The teenager said lockdown and moving to remote learning was the biggest challenge in her two years at college, but could not fault the quality of teaching and support she received from tutors.
“My experience has been very different, but overall it’s been great,” she said. “Even when we moved to online learning, the standard of teaching was still really good. It was challenging, but the more we did online, the easier it got. I still felt connected to my class and felt supported by my teachers.
“My highlight was a couple of weeks ago at the presentation ceremony and I got an award for accounting. To be recoginsed like that was lovely. It gave me such a confidence boost.”
Reena hopes to get a degree at Warwick and then use her razor-sharp analytical skills in the world of accounting and finance.
She added: “Initially, I wanted to become a chartered accountant, but right now I’m seeing how it goes. I really like being analytical. The qualifications will mean I can potentially work internationally. I’ve had my sights set on moving to Australia, but we’ll see how it goes.”
Reena said she chose Loughborough College because it was one of the few that offered A level accounting. She added: “When I visited for the taster session, I really liked the environment and the teachers. I’m so glad I came.”
Jo Maher, Principal & CEO, said: “We’re thrilled for Reena because she has maintained such a consistent level of high performance in her two years with us. All her hard work has paid off and to get into Warwick is a fantastic achievement. We wish Reena every success in the future.”