Live pictures as GCSE results collected in Islington

Charlene Cera (left) and Nicole Ortiz celebrate their GCSE results at City of London Academy Highgate Hill.

Charlene Cera (left) and Nicole Ortiz celebrate their GCSE results at City of London Academy Highgate Hill. - Credit: City of London Academy

Islington students were celebrating their GCSE results on Thursday (August 12), with grades once again awarded on the basis of mock tests, coursework and teacher predictions, rather than a formal exam. 

After the government made a U-turn on its controversial algorithm last year, exam boards have been instead making random checks to ensure quality control.  

City of London Academy Islington​​​​​​​: Cathal Marley gives his results the thumbs up.

City of London Academy Islington: Cathal Marley gives his results the thumbs up. - Credit: City of London Academy Islington

Results day was brought forward to an earlier August date to allow more time for appeals to be made to the exam board or school. Schools opened only two days ago for A Level results.

These are Islington's results, as received at the time of writing.

City of London Academy Highbury Grove

Students achieved a 65 per cent pass rate at grade 4 and above in English and mathematics, and 47pc at grade 5 and above.


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Principal Aimee Lyall said: “Over this past academic year, staff and students at the City of London Academy Highbury Grove have demonstrated huge courage and determination in the face of extremely challenging circumstances."

Top performers included Eduardo Oakey who achieved 10 grade 9s; Michael Smith, who got eight grade 9s and one grade 7; and Mohamed Omar, who achieved six grade 9s and three grade 8s. 

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City of London Academy Highgate Hill

The students achieved an overall pass rate of 99pc, while the proportion of students achieving the standard pass in English and mathematics increased by 7 pc. 

Nicole Ortiz secured 11 grade 9s and Sharlene Cera had ten, as did Rakeb Alemu. Another high achiever was Anisah Hussain with eight grade nines. 

Sharlene said: "Thanks to all our teachers for believing in us, the pandemic did not stop them from stretching us academically.

"Without all the extra catch-up lessons and their encouragement, we wouldn't have achieved these great results.”

Principal Prince Gennuh said: “We are delighted with the incredible sets of results achieved by all students. 

"They have worked extremely hard and shown resilience and tenacity in a very challenging year. They deserve the success that we are celebrating today, and we wish them the very best for the future."

City of London Academy Islington

Chloe Sallaku picks up her GCSEs from the City of London Academy Islington

Chloe Sallaku picks up her GCSEs from the City of London Academy Islington - Credit: City of London Academy Islington

The students achieved an 83pc pass rate at grade 4 and above, and 61pc at 5 and above in English. For mathematics, the respective figures were 68pc and 44pc.

Aki Chen took six grade 9s, three grade 8s, and one grade 7; Chloe Sallaku secured six grade 9s, and three grade 8s; Selin Karaaslan had three grade 9s, two grade 8s, four grade 7s, and one grade 6. 

City of London Academy Islington​​​​​​​: Claude-Lesly Massu takes her results at the academy.

City of London Academy Islington: Claude-Lesly Massu takes her results at the academy. - Credit: City of London Academy Islington​​​​​​​

Principal Sonia Jacob said: "We are delighted by the excellent results achieved by our students, with the support of their teachers.

"Despite significant disruption to their studies owing to the pandemic, our students demonstrated fortitude, good humour, and commitment to their studies."

Highbury Fields School

Zarrin Akhtar and Asmae Borja at Highbury Fields School

Zarrin Akhtar and Asmae Borja at Highbury Fields School - Credit: Highbury Fields School

Four year 11 students achieved the highest grade 9s across all subjects. 

Of all students, 15pc were awarded a 9, 30pc a grade 8 or above, 47pc a grade 7 or above, 66pc a grade 6 or above, 80pc a grade 5 or above and 90pc of all GCSE results received a grade 4 or above.

A spokesperson said: "The success of our students certainly reflects their hard work over the last two years but is also indicative of the school’s determination to truly know every student, so they develop into well-rounded individuals who flourish both academically and socially. The school wishes all of our students the very best for the future."

Stephanie Addo and Samina Qurban from Highbury Fields School

Stephanie Addo and Samina Qurban from Highbury Fields School - Credit: Highbury Fields School

North Bridge House Senior Canonbury

Students from North Bridge House Senior Canonbury in Islington celebrated “outstanding” results. 

The Canonbury Square secondary saw 65pc of results reach grade 7 or above, compared to 29pc nationally. And 15pc of results reached the top grade 9.

There was notable success in languages with 100pc of students achieving grade 7 or above in all of Italian, Latin and Mandarin. A further 25pct of students achieved the top grade in Spanish.

For the full story, click here. 

St. Aloysius’ College

Students were “elated” and “ecstatic” at St. Aloysius’ College, Archway as they received top GCSE results, including three who achieved ten grade 9s. 

Despite the challenging circumstances of the past year, 39pc of all grades were a 7 or above, and for the first time since the introduction of the numerical grading system, the students averaged above a 6 across all subjects.

Clementine Sagar Scott has the full story here. 

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