A Level results 2021: Islington schools as they come in

Charlie Goodenough (left) and Thomas Gallagher (right).

City of London Academy, Islington: Charlie Goodenough (left) and Thomas Gallagher (right). Thomas got A* in Economics, A in Maths and B in History and is going to study economics at Warwick. - Credit: Harry Brayne

Islington students are set to find out their grades for this year’s A Levels – and we'll be updating results from all the schools and colleges here throughout the day.

With university places up for grabs, hundreds of 17 and 18-year-olds are anxious to find out if they have achieved the grades they wanted.

City and Islington College: Students celebrate results

City and Islington College: Students celebrate results - Credit: City and Islington College

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For the second successive year, exams were not held due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and results will be based on teacher assessments. Marks will be given from a "range evidence" submitted over the academic year, which can include class tests and coursework.

Students will begin receiving their results from 8.30am, but universities will already know grades and will be well placed to respond. 

Unusually, the results day falls on a Tuesday and in the same week as GCSE marks, which are released on Thursday. This has been arranged to allow more time for student appeals to universities ahead of September intakes.

City and Islington College: Students celebrate results

City and Islington College: Students celebrate results - Credit: City and Islington College


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City and Islington College

The college saw 23.2 per cent of students attain A*-A grades and 75 per cent gain A* C grades. 

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Among this year’s top performers was Lily Burge-Thomas, 18, who is going to study Architecture at Cambridge University where her mum studied Classics.

She said: “I’m totally ecstatic. Honestly, after these difficult two years it feels like all the hard work has paid off, and I’m really excited to be going to Cambridge and continuing my educational journey.

“My teachers have been amazing and really supportive. I came from a school where they really pushed you very hard to CANDI where you had to push yourself and be a lot more self-driven. I don’t know if it was the tough love of my old school or the kindness and support at CANDI but I got the results.”

City and Islington College: Students celebrate results

City and Islington College: Students celebrate results - Credit: City and Islington College

Muhsin Mahmud gained three As in politics, media studies and English literature and language and is heading to City University of London to study journalism.

City and Islington College: Students celebrate results

City and Islington College: Students celebrate results - Credit: City and Islington College

He said: “I had a difficult time during COVID with some of my family members seriously ill and in hospital.

"My teachers were exceptional and it was a privilege to be taken under their wing. The assurances I received from them during that period of deep uncertainty really helped me through it.”

 City of London Academy Highbury Grove

City of London Academy Highbury Grove: Tina Balogova is looking to study fine art at Kingston University - Credit: Harry Brayne

City of London Academy Highbury Grove

Highbury Grove students achieved a 98 per cent pass rate in grades A* to E, with 55 per cent ranging from A* to B.

Top performers included Jed Brindley (A*, A*, A*), Ava Gouldesbrough (A*, A*, A*), Lola Priestley (A*, A, A), Omar Elsayed (A*, A*, A*), and BTEC student Tina Balogova (three distinctions, the equivalent to three As).

Ava Gouldesbrough takes three A*s. 

Ava Gouldesbrough takes three A*s. - Credit: City of London Academy Highbury Grove

Headteacher Aimee Lyall, said: “Over this last 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.

“The closures of schools meant that we all had to find new ways of working and without the support, guidance, and sheer dedication of our pupils, teachers, and parents, an already testing situation would have been made even more difficult. 

Omar Elsayed collects his results at City of London Academy Highbury Grove

Omar Elsayed collects his results at City of London Academy Highbury Grove - Credit: City of London Academy Highbury Grove

“I am proud of the way in which our students quickly adapted, and today is a reflection of their hard work, undimmed ambition, and determination to succeed.

“I wish all our students the very best of luck in the next phase of their lives.”

 

Luna Vassell (left) and Jessica Kaddiali (right). 

City of London Academy, Islington: Luna Vassell (left) and Jessica Kaddiali (right). Luna got three A grades (Biology, Sociology and Psychology A Levels) and is going to study psychology at the University of Bristol. - Credit: Harry Brayne

City of London Academy Islington

Students achieved a 72 per cent pass rate in grades A* to B, with an overall pass rate across all grades of 100 per cent. 

Top performers included Jessica Kadiali, who has been awarded A* in English literature, A* in history, and A in psychology, which will enable her to read English literature at the University of Warwick. Her classmate Charlie Goodenough, who will now study English Language and Linguistics at Kings College London, University of London, has been awarded A* in English literature, A* in English language, and A in history.

Headteacher Sonia Jacob said: “We are delighted for our students, who have achieved exceptional results, in the most challenging circumstances.

"Despite significant and frequent interruptions to their studies owing to the pandemic, our students demonstrated resilience and tenacity and they fully deserve the grades that they achieved." 

Islington resident Alexander Harding-Roots celebrates outstanding A Level success

DLD College London: Islington resident Alexander Harding-Roots celebrates outstanding A Level success. - Credit: DLD College London

DLD College London

The Waterloo-based college is popular among Islington students - two of whom recorded top results. 

Alexander Harding-Roots received A, B, B in Biology, Business Studies and Economics respectively. 

Brook Mortiboy-Kane secured a D*DD in his extended BTEC diploma in creative digital media production, the equivalent of A*AA at A Level.

Headteacher Irfan Latif said: "We are very proud Alexander and Brook for their outstanding results.

"They have both worked tremendously hard during their time at DLD. These grades are testimony to their resilience, perseverance and sheer determination to succeed in the midst of a global pandemic."

Highbury Fields School

Orchid Balgobin is set to study English Literature at Cambridge, and her sister N'Dea Balgobin will read Geography at Oxford.

Orchid Balgobin is set to study English Literature at Cambridge, and her sister N'Dea Balgobin will read Geography at Oxford. - Credit: Highbury Fields School

A level students saw top results, with 96 per cent of results being A*-C and 83 per cent being passed at Level 3 BTEC from A* to C. In addition, 64 per cent of all subjects were passed with an A* or an A. 

A spokesman for the school added: "For our students though, this week has not been just about what grades they have attained but, having endured such a turbulent period of time, knowing that they can take the next steps in their education with confidence and conviction.

"Highbury Fields sixth formers can now look forward to continuing their higher education at some of the country’s most prestigious universities."

Two students have obtained places at Oxford and Cambridge, twins Orchid Balgobin (English Literature at Cambridge) and N'Dea Balgobin (Geography at Oxford). 

North Bridge House Senior Canonbury students Andrea and Mia celebrating grades with executive head, Brendan Pavey.

North Bridge House Senior Canonbury students Andrea and Mia celebrating grades with executive head, Brendan Pavey. - Credit: North Bridge House Senior Canonbury

North Bridge House Senior School

The school beat national averages by clocking 65 per cent of grades at A*- A, while all students achieved at least one A. 

Top performing student Harry Story achieved 3 A*s in geography, government and politics, and history. 

Head of sixth form Alex Margerison said: "Our students should be very proud of their achievements.

"I am delighted to see so many of them moving onto such a wide range of opportunities and destinations, including some of the most sought-after courses at the very best universities."

St Aloysius' College students celebrate their A level success.

St Aloysius' College students celebrate their A level success. - Credit: St Aloysius' College

St Aloysius' College 

The Islington college saw 94 per cent of its students secure A*-C grades. In addition 49 per cent took A*-A grades. 

Many students had reason to feel proud of their results including William Ghebremichael achieving A*A*A, Mathusun Maheswaran achieving A*AA and Mohammod Hamza achieving A*AB. Kevin Alvarez da Silva, Frederick Andoh and David Woyo all achieved AAB. Camilo Quinceno Marin achieved A*BB.

William said: "I wasn’t too nervous because I know how hard I’ve worked for this, but I am relieved all the same and delighted to get such great results. I got A*A*A and I’m going to study politics at Leeds. No.10 here I come!”

Head of sixth form, Ranjit Pabila, said: “Our students have shown extraordinary dedication and resilience through these unprecedented times.

"Some 37 per cent have secured places at Russell Group Universities, well above the national average, enabling them to access fantastic opportunities.”

St Mary Magdalene

Janet Sule was one of the top performers with A grades in biology, chemistry and mathematics. 

Full results not yet received. 


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