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Nervous students all over Hackney received their GCSE results on Thursday and for some it was a testament to all their hard work.
According to The Learning Trust, Hackney schools This year, 58% of students achieved five good GCSE’s including English and Maths – a rise of almost 3% on last year. Yet again, this places the borough above both last year’s national and Inner London averages. 75% of students secured five good GCSE’s, a rise of over 4% on last year. A huge improvement from 2002, when the number of students getting any good GCSE’s was 31%.
Cardinal Pole RC School recieved it’s best ever results this year. Friends Georgina Appeagyei, Nneoma Nwaosu and Aminat Oladipupo were described as a ‘credit to the school’ by their teachers after achieving 18 A*s and 9 As between them.
Nneoma, who received 7 A*s, 2 As and 1 B said: “I’m really surprised to see the results – I didn’t expect that. I’m now very happy – I put lots of hard work into my GCSEs, and it’s now paid off!”
Teachers at Cardinal Pole were full of praise for Rhasan Brunner, whom Hackney Hive featured in January. He has worked tirelessly in numerous roles in the Hackney Youth Parliament and strives to support other students. His teachers say they look forward to seeing him as England’s answer to Barack Obama!
He said: “I feel relieved, in many different ways! I can now focus on the future – I’m going to BSix and will study Government & Politics, Sociology and Philosophy & Ethics. I also would like to wish everyone the best – they will do well!”
Tao Geohegan Hart of Stoke Newington School is celebrating after adding an impressive 5 A*s and 5 As to a raft of cycling achievements in the UK and overseas. He hopes to compete in the 2020 Olympics in cycling.
He said: “It’s a bit unexpected – I’m just back from six weeks racing overseas. It’s been challenging juggling studies with my training but I’m delighted with these results.”
Annie Gammon, Headteacher, said: “I’m very pleased with the GCSE results for so many of our students. The strong upward trend in all the headline figures for Year 11 and 13 is a great step towards us achieving outstanding progress for all our students. Well done to students and staff and thank you to all our parents for their support.”
Students at Hackney Free and Parochial (to be renamed The Urswick School from 1 September) also have cause to celebrate. Students Hannah Oladugba and Tony Le are off to prestigious public school Gordonstoun in Scotland, after securing full scholarships. The students achieved 18 A*s and As between them. Tony Le Thai said: “I’m really excited about my results, they are exactly what I wanted to get. I can’t wait to start at Gordonstoun School next week.” Tony will study maths, further maths, history and physics A-Levels at the school and plans to pursue a career in engineering.