Hackney students celebrate A level results

VICTORIA KEHINDE, TEMI IBITOYE, EMILY TAPPER - photo by Gary Manhine

Students all across the borough are celebrating outstanding results in their A levels, this week.

They began gathering at the various schools and 6th form colleges early on Thursday, hoping for good news and for many it was.

Initial indications suggest these are Hackney’s best results yet –  making the borough one of the most improved in the country.

Steve Belk, Acting Chief Executive of The Learning Trust, said: “I’m delighted with today’s results and congratulate students and teachers for their hard work and dedication.

“The recent disturbances by a minority cannot define our young people, the majority of whom are hardworking achievers as evidenced today.

“This is one of the many opportunities we have to shout out loud about Hackney students and their successes and get behind them as they continue their journey.”

A Level Results Round Up

At Clapton Girls’ Technology College, six students received straight As securing places at some of Britain’s top universities including Bristol and Kings College.

Victoria Kehinde secured an A* in Maths and an A in Chemistry and Biology. She said: “I’m delighted with these results and weighing up my options now – because I did so well in Maths I might do this now instead of neuroscience.”

Dung Pham, got three As in English Literature, History and Psychology and is going to study law at Bristol. She said: ““I feel very happy and can have a stress free summer now! It was hard work but I really wanted the grades so I put the effort in.”

Headteacher Cheryl Day said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that our students have achieved so highly this year.  The girls have done exceptionally well and many will now be following some exciting courses at Russell Group universities. They (and their teachers) deserve their success.

She added: “Overall the school has yet again improved its performance, with the Clapton GTC Sixth Form becoming more and more successful, and more and more popular.”

Seyid Aydin - photo by Gary Manhine

Seyid Aydin, of Stoke Newington School aced his science exams, securing him a place at University College London to study biological science. He will be the first in his family to go to university.

Graham Hodges-Smikle from Stoke Newington School - photo by Gary Manhine

Fellow pupil Graham Hodges-Smikle got AAA in Biology, Chemistry and Economics and is doing a paid Gap-Year with KPMG then studying medicine at UCL. He said: “I’m very, very, very, very happy! So I have been bouncing off the walls all morning since I found out, I’m a bit calmer now. Yeah, I want to just say thank you to Stoke Newington for helping me get where I am.”

The number of students getting top grades at Stoke Newington has shot up by more than 50% in just one year. More than half (55%) of A level students at the school achieved A*, A or B grades – up from 33% in 2010.

Cardinal Pole Catholic School is also celebrating another great set of results.

One of the success stories was that of Melissa Zaman, who notched up AABB in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Maths.  She is going on to study Neuroscience at Kings College London. She said:  “I am really relieved; I thought I was going to cry with joy when I opened my results! It’s great that the pressure has been lifted now though.”

Also going to Kings to study Pharmacy is Kinereth Touitou with AAAAB in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Hebrew and Pscychology.  He said: “I am really happy with my results, and looking forward to the future!”

Katie Haley Halinski - photo by Gary Manhine

Bola Okun, 19 of Stoke Newington achieved a double distinction in BTEC Sport. He plans to go to Middlesex University and study Sports and Exercise Science. Photo by Gary Manhine

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