GCSE results: Islington Arts and Media School students score top grades in core subjects

Georgia Stephenson and Calvin Francis, head boy and girl at Islington Arts and Media School

Georgia Stephenson and Calvin Francis, head boy and girl at Islington Arts and Media School - Credit: Archant

Pupils at Islington Arts and Media School were delighted with their results today as the school scored impressive grades in the core subjects.

Nima Akram, who took his AS-level maths a year early and scored an A grade.

Nima Akram, who took his AS-level maths a year early and scored an A grade. - Credit: Archant

The school saw more than 80 per cent of students achieving A* to C grades in the three sciences with 91 per cent hitting the mark in biology.

In English 76 per cent of students got a C or above with 63 per cent making the grade in Maths – many of which took the subject in Year 10.

There were also a number of budding linguists among the cohort with 91 per cent of students taking Spanish bagging a C or better and 83 per cent in French.

Not content with his A* in maths in year 10, Nima Akram also took on AS-level maths alongside his other GCSE’s – remarkably attaining an A-grade.

Students of Islington Arts and Media School celebrating their GCSE results on Thursday 21 August 201

Students of Islington Arts and Media School celebrating their GCSE results on Thursday 21 August 2014. Picture by Tolga Akmen - Credit: Archant


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“Because I got the A* last year I had the option to do advanced maths this year,” he said.

“I had to do a lot of past papers and it was really hard, I wasn’t expecting to get an A so I’m quite shocked – I thought I might get a B or maybe a C.”

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Nima will now go on to sixth form to study further maths, biology and chemistry in the hope of being a doctor after getting three A*s, eight As and two Bs.

“I’ve always thought it would be a great job to do,” he said, “I really like the idea of it.”

Students of Islington Arts and Media School celebrating their GCSE results on Thursday 21 August 201

Students of Islington Arts and Media School celebrating their GCSE results on Thursday 21 August 2014. Picture by Tolga Akmen - Credit: Archant

Also among the top achievers at the school were head girl and boy Georgia Stephenson and Calvin Francis, who had the responsibility of representing their friends and fellow students interests while studying for their exams.

Georgia, 16, who picked up an A* and seven As, said: “The exams weren’t too bad, some of the questions were really difficult and I was quite nervous but I felt very well prepared.”

Calving, also 16, said he felt the benefit of doing maths a year early, an option the government is taking away from students.

“It really takes the pressure off having a result in the bag, it’s less stress and you can focus on your other exams, said Calvin, who scored two A*s, two As, four Bs, two Cs and a starred distinction and a merit in sports studies and ITC respectively.

Both are going on to study their A-levels next year.

Diana Osagie, headteacher at the school, said: “I am again delighted with the high level of attainment of our students across a broad range of core academic subjects.

“I would like to extend congratulations to students, staff and parents who have worked together to achieve fantastic results.”

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