A Level Results Day 2018: Highbury Grove celebrates ‘successful year’ as 98% of students pass

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

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

The principal of the City of London Academy is “proud” after 98 per cent of their students passed their A Levels, with 80pc getting A* to C.

Principal of City of London Academy Highbury Grove, Aimee Lyall

Principal of City of London Academy Highbury Grove, Aimee Lyall - Credit: Harry Taylor

Aimee Lyall praised a “committed group” who have carried on last year’s success.

“It’s really positive. We had a successful year last year, and we have built on that.

“I’m really proud. This year group are a group who have been so committed to the school. We have got our first medicine student in a while, and our first Oxbridge candidate.

“We’ve had a huge A* to B results too.”


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This year was the first time BTEC exams had been sat, with Ms Lyall saying the school was “really pleased” with the results.

The school was put into special measures in February 2017, forcing it to become an academy.

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Head at the time, Tom Sherrington left a fortnight before the report was published.

It had previously been rated “outstanding.”

Abi Crowther with her results, who is off to study psychology at Queen Mary's University

Abi Crowther with her results, who is off to study psychology at Queen Mary's University - Credit: Harry Taylor

However Ms Lyall said the students’ high achievement is a credit to them.

“When we were put into special measures, the Sixth Form was still rated ‘good’, They have had five head teachers, and these results are a testament to that commitment.

“It shows that if you come here, you will achieve good results.”

Abi Crowther, who is off to study psychology at Queen Mary’s University got 3As and a B. She took time off school in the first year of her A Levels due to personal issues.

“It was quite hard because I missed a lot of school, and I had to work to catch up.

“I just put in a lot of work when I came back. If I had missed something, I’d go back and speak to my teachers and see what I had to do.

“I was really nervous last night, and when I got my results I just burst into tears and I checked UCAS to check I got in.”

Meanwhile Sahar Siedl, Hana Sanei and Hal Crampin were celebrating their top results.

Hal Crampin, Hana Sanei and Sahar Seidl with their A Level results at the City of London Academy Hig

Hal Crampin, Hana Sanei and Sahar Seidl with their A Level results at the City of London Academy Highbury Grove - Credit: Harry Taylor

Hana is off to study medicine at Manchester University.

She said she has “really happy” with her A*, 2As and a B, and is aiming become a doctor at the end of her course.

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