Year 11 students in Kensington and Chelsea have welcomed their GCSE results today, alongside those receiving updated A Level results following changes to the way grades are awarded by Government.
As students were unable to sit their exams as planned due to the Coronavirus lockdown, grades were calculated based on predicted grades as assessed by schoolteachers who worked closely with students throughout their studies.
Cllr Josh Rendall, Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Lead Member for Children and Family Services, said:
“It’s been a tough year for students, so it’s a great relief for all involved to see these brilliant results coming in. We know our students work extremely hard and our local teachers are fair and honest judges of the work they produce. I'm confident students and parents will respect the new process agreed by the Government in recognising grades rightfully deserved by those receiving results today.
I’d like to congratulate our students and thank our schools for the support they have provided to our young people in extraordinary circumstances this year. We wish them every success as they move on to post 16 study at one of our excellent sixth forms or at one of our local colleges if they wish to pursue a high-quality vocational course or take on an apprenticeship.”
The Council has been supporting students today with advice on managing anxiety and celebrating those who send in positive stories on their results on social media.
Some of the schools awarding results today include:
More students than ever before at Chelsea Academy received grades securing them a place at the Academy’s Sixth Form. Compared to other schools nationally, Chelsea Academy students achieved almost a full grade higher in results with 68 per cent receiving a Grade 5 or above in English and Maths. Nine students achieved an average Grade of 9 and 21 achieved an average Grade of 8.
Matt Williams, Principal of Chelsea Academy, said: “I am absolutely delighted that this year group has done so well. We always had high hopes for them, and their mock performance indicated that they were going to outperform previous year groups and they have. I am so pleased that so many of them have met the entrance criteria for our sixth form.”
Kensington Aldridge Academy (KAA)
KAA students and staff today celebrated an excellent set of GCSE results. Sixty per cent of all students achieved a Grade 5 or above in English and Maths and 31 per cent of all results were high Grades of 7 to 9.
One student, Reem, achieved nine Grade 9s and will be studying Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Psychology at KAA Sixth Form next year. Another student, Moniim, secured seven Grade 9s, two Grade 8s and a Grade 7 and will also be joining KAA’s Sixth Form in September.
All Saints Catholic College
The overwhelming majority of students at All Saints Catholic College will be heading off to their sixth form colleges of. Seventy-three per cent of students attained a good pass in both English and Maths. This progress score is the school's best ever, with students performing on average one grade above the national expectation.
Head Girl, Rama Thabet, achieved seven Grade 9s. Along with another 4 of her peers, Rama has received a full scholarship to Francis Holland Sixth Form in Regents Park where she will continue her studies.
Imaan Abdi, Rayan Gergees and Iffah Masuk, all achieved 8 GCSEs at Grade 7-9. Makai Edwards- O’Bai Kamara, Dina Scali, Farah Shoukry and Anna Trinh all achieved 7 GCSEs at Grade 7-9.
St Thomas More Language College
Students at St Thomas More Language College achieved or exceeded their potential with a high percentage of students passing in both English and maths, with the highest grades being achieved across all subjects, including 71 per cent passing Further Maths at Grade 7-9.
Dr Trevor Papworth, Headteacher of St Thomas More Language College, said: “Once again, our hardworking students are celebrating well-deserved and truly excellent GCSE results. As in previous years these students have lived out St Thomas’s motto: ‘Serving God, Striving for Excellence’, which is reflected in the outcomes for these students as a result of positive staff, student and parental collaboration.”