THE first pupils to join Ruislip High School have just begun their final year.
The teenagers, who started in 2006 aged 11 and 12, are now in year 13 and completing their A-levels.
They have grown up with the school in Sidmouth Drive, Ruislip Manor.
One is Soila Apparicio, 17, a member of the UK Youth Parliament for Hillingdon who will sit at a session of the organisation in the House of Commons in November.
She says she does not want to get into politics straight after university ‘but I probably will somewhere down the line’.
Her immediate ambitions are to finish her A-levels at the school and attend Oxford University to study politics and history,.
Soila she can still recall her nerves when she was a new year seven pupil.
“I think it was really quite scary because I found it all a bit intimidating coming in to a new school,” she said.
“There was quite a bit of pressure, but we sort of put it on ourselves because we have always wanted to be the best.”
Her friend and fellow pupil Rachel Baulch – quick to point out that she will be 18 in six days – also had nerves at joining a new school where she did not know any of the other children.
“I’m not sure if I felt any pressure to do well at first, it was just nerve-racking coming to a new school and not knowing anybody,” she said.
Rachel hopes to study maths and physics at Warwick University. She has already completed a maths A-level, which she took alongside her AS exams.
“I think being the first year has made us all really close,” she added.
“The whole year are good friends, so I think that made being the first to do everything a bit better, because we were all doing it for the first time together.
Soila agreed: “I think being the first year in the school and to be the first to finish it has always felt like our school. We just wanted to be the best.
“It always felt like we were leading the school and everyone else was following.”
Manan Patel, 17, who hopes to study medicine, said being the only pupils in the building at the start was enjoyable.
“It was fun because we had the whole school to ourselves, so we didn’t mind at all being the only year group there,” he added.
Headteacher Martina Lecky said: “They came into the school and it was really just a building on a field. Now our year 13s all have really very high ambitions for themselves and that is coming about by the work the school has done for them.
“The whole school message is reflected in the logo, which is the strip of colour changing from green to blue.
“The green represents the grassroots from which these children join us, the blue says that every one of the students here can leave us and go on to reach for the sky.
“The students’ AS level results released in August put Ruislip High in the top 25 per cent of schools across the country based on their expected grade following on from GCSE,” she added.
“They have all exceeded expectations.”