Haringey A-levels: setting the standard
Haringey students are celebrating a fantastic haul of A-level grades, with the borough’s sixth formers smashing national results.
Provisional results show that Haringey’s schools and Sixth Form College secured a combined total of 80 percent grades A* to C, compared to a national average of 77.5 percent.
The number of top A* and A grades reached the national average, and Haringey students delivered more A* to B grades and more overall passes than their peers up and down the country.
Schools across the borough were celebrating yesterday as students’ hard work paid off, with many landing places at leading universities.
At Fortismere School, Muswell Hill, results matched last year’s record-breaking efforts, with 90 percent of results reaching grades C or above.
Fortismere students are heading to a host of top universities to study subjects as wide-ranging as aerospace engineering, architecture, fashion and social work.
Headteacher Helen Glass said:
We are absolutely delighted for our students who have gained such wonderful results through sheer hard work and dedication to their studies and are thrilled to see so many of them go on to an array of exciting and challenging university courses at some of the UK’s most prestigious higher education institutions.
St Thomas More RC school headteacher Martin Tissot praised a rise in the A-level pass rate and thanked parents, teachers and students at the Wood Green school for their efforts. Despite a national drop in university applications, 90 percent of the school’s year 13 students will be heading for university, with more than half landing places at “Russell Group” universities.
Outstanding St Thomas More students Omar Graoui and Abida Khanom earned A, A, B and A*, A, A respectively. Overjoyed Abida said:
I couldn’t be happier with my grades! My advice is to do the subjects you love because doing what you love is also the key to your success.
At Greig City Academy, Hornsey, most students won places at their first choice universities, with many earning even higher grades than expected. Star student Michael Owusu is heading north to Leeds University after scooping A grades in biology, chemistry and maths.
Principal Paul Sutton hailed the 100 percent overall pass rate and said performance in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) had been particularly strong. He added:
There have been some great individual performances. I want to congratulate the students and their teachers on achieving these results in this first year of the new exam specifications.
Students from Highgate Wood School, Crouch End, will enjoy universities as far afield as Oxford, Durham and York, with students gaining a 99 percent overall pass rate.
Headteacher Patrick Cozier said:
These results represent the culmination of an amazing partnership between our students, their parents and carers and a dedicated team of fantastic teachers. We are so proud of what the students have achieved, grateful for the support we have from parents and grateful for the knowledge and expertise of teachers.
Hornsey School for Girls celebrated its 130th anniversary with a 96 percent pass rate and a host of success stories, including budding documentary maker Lava Ali who landed two As and two Bs to secure a place studying history and film at Sussex University. More than 90 percent of Hornsey students won places at their first choice university.
Headteacher Kuljit Rahelu said:
I am so proud that this year our sixth formers have matched the high benchmark we set for them. I believe they all have bright futures ahead of them and I doubt this will be the last time we hear their names. It’s a wonderful way to mark a momentous year in the school’s history – here’s to the next 130 years!
From courses in criminology and maths to games design, thrilled students at Haringey Sixth Form College were also celebrating as they got in to their chosen universities.
Delighted Sherfina Odumanye achieved A, A, A in English, Law and Sociology and is going on to study Law at the University of Exeter. She said:
Effort and hard work really pays off! Teachers really care about your future, they ensure you achieve the high grades, but they care about you here as an individual. My law teacher inspired me to consider law at university.
At Alexandra Park School, pupils were celebrating a wealth of As and A*s. Iona Robb got A*, A*, A*, A and is heading to study medicine at the University of Exeter. Other successes include students going to study politics and economics at Royal Holloway and the University of Bristol.
Cllr Elin Weston, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said:
It was an honour to join some of Haringey’s students as they celebrated their fantastic results yesterday. We know that our borough is home to some of the very best schools – and students – in the country, and I’m so proud that once again our schools have clocked up results above the national average. Our students have so much to look forward to and I wish them all the very best for the future.
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