Islington students hit 99 per cent pass rate

Islington sixth formers are on top of the world today as figures show they achieved a 99 per cent pass rate at A-level.

Seventy one per cent of students got an A* to C grade, with 41 per cent awarded A* to B.

And there was a 100 per cent pass rate for many subjects, including chemistry, biology and physics.

One of the many star performers 18-year-old Jesse Moses, the first student in living memory from Highbury Grove School, in Highbury Grove, Highbury, to be accepted at Oxford.

Jesse, who lives with his mum on Essex Road, Islington, earned the right to study chemistry at the oldest university in the world with an exceptional set of results; A*s in maths, biology and economics, and an A in chemistry.

He said: “I feel proud, really good about myself, although it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I phoned my mum to tell her and she was just shouting down the phone at me saying congratulations.”

Jesse, who enjoys chemistry and wants to study for a PhD in the future, says he won’t be celebrating too hard. “There’s talk of an A-level results rave,” he said, “but I am not sure if I will be going.”

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Councillor Richard Watts, Islington Council’s executive member for children and families, said: “Congratulations to all Islington students and staff who worked so hard to achieve these A-level results.

“Islington’s sixth forms, St Mary Magdelene Academy and City and Islington College continue to provide excellent opportunities for school leavers to make the best preparations for work or higher education. We are on the side of hard working parents and our priority is to give all our young people the chance to fulfil their potential.”

The council have a team of people ready to help give advice to students on what to do now they have their results and will be running regular drop in sessions.

For more information visit or call 020 7527 7031.