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A Level Results Day 2018: Highbury Fields Head ‘really pleased’ with results as she pays tribute to long-term approach

PUBLISHED: 13:09 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:09 16 August 2018

Gladys Berry, headteacher at Highbury Fields School. Picture: Siorna Ashby

Gladys Berry, headteacher at Highbury Fields School. Picture: Siorna Ashby

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Highbury Fields school is celebrating its best ever set of results, with 84 per cent of students getting A* to C.

Fahmida Aktar, who got two As, a B and a C at Highbury Fields School and is off to study History and Politics at SOASFahmida Aktar, who got two As, a B and a C at Highbury Fields School and is off to study History and Politics at SOAS

Gladys Berry, who has been headteacher at the school in Highbury Hill was delighted with how it had gone.

“We’re really pleased with the results this year. Not only have we got a really high A* to C grades, but 26pc got A and above. These are really good grades, and it means the students are able to take up their first choice of course,” she said.

She told the Gazette the results were as a result of the school’s approach of taking a long-term approach in pupil’s development.

“One of the key factors is we are playing a long term game in our support for them, throughout their A levels and time at the school.

Sinit Mehreteab, Muna Nuur, Fahmida Aktar, and Rebecca Solomon celebrate their results at Highbury Fields School. Picture; Siorna AshbySinit Mehreteab, Muna Nuur, Fahmida Aktar, and Rebecca Solomon celebrate their results at Highbury Fields School. Picture; Siorna Ashby

“What we don’t do is hot house them in the last months and final year.”

She acknowledges that schools are more conscious of pupil’s mental health than ever before, and this plays a part in exam preparation.

“There are even higher levels of pressure. We want to make sure their confidence has been built up so they can deal with exams and do the best they can.

“Because of the size of the school, we get to know every student individually as they move through. It means we can spot if they’re stressed, or upset more easily and help them. We also have staff from CAMHS (Children and Adults Mental Health Service) staff come in for 2.5 days a week, and three members of staff to mentor students,” she said.

One of the students celebrating this morning was Fahmida Aktar. She got two As, one B and a C and is due to start a history and politics course at SOAS in September.

She said: “I’m really happy with my results. I didn’t think I was going to get into my firm choice, but I have! I did better than I expected.”

She said she had found her studies “difficult, and stressful” but is looking forward to studying such an “interesting and relevant” subject.

“I’ve always been interested in it. I’m excited and nervous for starting. I’m looking forward to joining the students union, and the culture at SOAS.”

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