Happy moments snapped up
Plenty of smiles as students collected their GCSE results. ALAN HAYES and HANNAH RAVEN report
A WEEK after their older schoolmates, GCSE pupils the length and breadth of the borough had the all-important envelope to open.
Gazette photographers were at Abbotsfield School for Boys and Swakeleys School For Girls this year, to capture the moments after the news had sunk in.
Uxbridge High School, Barnhill Community High School, Harefield Academy, Harlington School and Uxbridge College also shared pictures with us of their successful candidates.
THE boys at Abbotsfield in Clifton Gardens, Hillingdon, notched up a 54 per cent pass rate in five or more GCSEs at A*-C grades including English and maths.
Particular successes included Jonathan Hutchinson gaining 9 A*s and five A grades; Adedayo Adeniji (6 A*s, 5As); Shushovan Sada (6 A*s, 4 As); and Mahin Amir (5 A*s, 4 As).
Headteacher, Mark Bland, said: “We are delighted and very proud of the boys.
“It is down to the hard work and dedication of the boys and staff and the amazing support from parents.”
BARNHILL COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
IT HAD been a good morning in Yeading Lane, where Barnhill pupils were collecting their GCSE results.
Ten pupils netted 10 or more A or A*s, as once again students showed excellent results at the top level. Notable results included Lorita Krasniqi, who amassed a breathtaking 13A*s and an A grade.
Other top performers were Shola Ajao (10 A*s, 5 As); Ricky Ghedia (5 A*s, 9 As); Marva Khoshan (14 A* or A) Utkarsh Aneja and Amjad Saeed (12 A* or As); Angela Ahmad, Ankit Khanna and Ewelina Wilk(11 A* or As); and Harman Kooner (10 A* or As)
Headteacher, Robert Lobatto, said: “I am very proud of what our students have achieved this year especially in the light of all the changes to the GCSE curriculum. They have worked incredibly hard, supported by their teachers and families, and deserve their success.”
PUPILS at the school in Royal Lane, Hillingdon, bagged an impressive set of results this year, with 62 per cent gaining five A*-C grades including English and maths.
And 17 of them got at least nine A* or A grades. Headteacher, Kim Rowe, praised the pupils and their teachers. “We are delighted with the excellent results of our students, notwithstanding the changes to the GCSE exam system we have seen this year.
“We are proud that we have supported more students to achieve so well on GCSE courses and we have seen an increase in the number of students studying and achieving the EBACC qualification. We congratulate them all.”
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Pupils gained an 80 per cent A*-C pass rate including English and maths, and 89 per cent A*-C pass rate across all subjects.
“They’re really good results,” said assistant headteacher David Poole.
“They’ve gone up from last year – they were brilliant last year and they have gone up again.”
Nine of their students achieved all A* and A grades.
GURU NANAK SIKH ACADEMY
IN A SCHOOL where 100 per cent of pupils have English as an additional language, 85 per cent of them achieved A*-C in English language.
“The students themselves are delighted with their results, with many individuals achieving a large number of A and A* grades,” said vice-principal Steve Rinaldi.
“The school is really pleased to see an increase in its overall pass rate in the headline measure of students achieving fine A*-C grades including maths and English this year.”
HARLINGTON School students are celebrating an unprecedented 258 GCSE passes at either A* or A grade this year.
Standout performances were achieved by Rohma Shammus, who achieved 9A* grades and two As; Aisha Irfan (8A*s, 2As); Neha Khera (8A*s, 1A); Sweeny Fernandes (7A*s, 3As); Nayna Islam (7A*s, 2As); Manpreet Kaur (7A*s); Anna Dukhonikova (3A*s, 7As); Jodie Bungay (4A*s, 4As); Navid Ahmadi (4A*s); and Diogo Ferreira (2A*s).
Neha Khera said: “I was thrilled with my 8A*’s especially my science results as my dream is to be a pediatrician.
“I am staying on to study A-levels at Harlington as I know it will be tough studying for a medical degree but my teachers have given me the confidence to go for it.”
Headteacher Liz Horrigan said: “We’re particularly pleased with the increase in A* and A grades, and also students gaining the EBACC suite of qualifications this year, both of which have doubled compared to last year.
“Many of our students join us at late stages in their secondary school career, often from schools abroad, and often have to learn English at the same time as preparing for their exams, so we are delighted with their progress and achievements in the short time that they have been with us.”
THE Eastcote based school is celebrating maintaining its GCSE pass rate.
Pupils achieved a 71 per cent pass rate in subjects including English and
STUDENTS and staff are celebrating a sensational set of results, with 80 per cent of students achieving five A*-C grades including English and maths – the best set of results in the school’s history, surpassing even last year’s impressive results.
Among the high flyers was David Larbi who achieved 5As* and 6As.
He told the Gazette: “I am very grateful to Northwood for helping me to achieve my potential and look forward to continuing my studies at the sixth form.”
Teacher Chris Clyne, head of year 11, said: “I am so happy for the students. None of this would have happened without the hard work and dedication of the students themselves, combined with the unstinting support they’ve had from their teachers and parents.” maths – maintaining last year’s figures.
And there was an 87 per cent A*-C pass rate across all subjects.
Sixteen students received five or more A* grades, and six of those got 10 or more A*s.
NORTHWOOD COLLEGE FOR GIRLS THE 62 pupils entered for GCSE exams achieved an outstanding A*-C pass rate of 97 per cent.
Almost a third, 32 per cent of grades were A*s and 67 per cent A-A*.
Headteacher, Jacqualyn Pain, said: “I am absolutely delighted and so proud of each and every one of our brilliant year 11 girls.
“A clear testament to the phenomenal hard work and commitment that is demonstrated year after year by both our pupils and teachers.”
Achieving 100 per cent A*-A grades spells success in any language; and that is exactly what Northwood’s Latin, Greek and Persian GCSE students achieved this year.
Single Science subject students followed the winning formula with a massive 97 per cent of the biology exam entries having attained the A*-A grades; and the results for both art and textiles paint a brilliant picture with 100 per cent of the creative students’ grades being A*-B.
Miss Pain added: “I believe that our success is due to the fact that our team of specialist and experienced educators identify the individual strengths of each girl, and work towards developing her raw talents by supporting, enthusing and challenging each step of the way.We strive to equip our students with a love of learning, which we are confident plays a pivotal role in motivating and driving them to exceed all expectations and truly flourish.
“The girls will go on to benefit from a personalised, academically strong curriculum and robust enrichment programme in the sixth form – designed to enable us to develop courageous, independentminded and resilient young women; fully equipped to lead fulfilling and successful lives in this fast-changing world.”
QUEENSMEAD SCHOOL IT WAS a fantastic year for students at the school in Queens Walk, South Ruislip, who achieved the school’s best results yet.
They gained a 79 per cent A*-C pass rate including English and maths.
RUISLIP HIGH SCHOOL THE High School announced its best set of GCSE results yet in its short history.
Three quarters (74 per cent) of students attained the national benchmark of five or more grades A*-C at GCSE level, including English and maths.
The majority of students gained the qualifications to progress to the next stage of their education.
The results in English and maths were very strong with A*to C pass rates of 84 per cent and 82 per cent respectively.
In addition, the results in the baccalaureate subjects were very strong, in particular the sciences, geography and modern foreign languages.
Fifteen students attained eight or more A*-A grades and 21 per cent of all entries were either an A* or A grade.
ST HELEN’S SCHOOL GIRLS at St Helen’s School, Northwood, are celebrating outstanding success in their GCSE and IGCSE examinations.
An impressive 49 per cent of all grades awarded were A*, with 81 per cent at A* or A.
And 11 of the 104 students who opened their results envelopes today were thrilled to achieve a “full house” of A* grades, with a further 31 students achieving all A* and A grades.
Headteacher Dr Mary Short said: “These are fantastic results all round which reward the girls’ hard work throughout their GCSE courses. We are proud of our students – their results underline that girls at a single-sex school can excel at whatever they put their minds to. But behind all the statistics there are amazing individual stories of talent and success.”
Vicki Oyesola, who has just returned from Botswana where she has been representing England at netball as part of the National Academy squad, achieved six A*s and five As in her GCSE examinations.
Keen historian Maya Freiman, who has been involved behind the scenes at the Imperial War Museum as one of 23 Youth Advisers, and has additionally been an active member of the voluntary team at the Jewish Museum London, was delighted to receive 10 straight A* grades.
Dr Short added: “The breadth of talent of Vicki, Maya and so many other St Helen’s girls, is astonishing. They are girls who will become leaders of their fields and leaders of their communities.”
These results follow last week’s excellent A level results, in which 56 per cent of all grades awarded were A* and A, and over a third of the school’s leavers gained three or more A* and A grades.
STUDENTS at the academy achieved another great year of results.
The number of students at the school in Park View Road achieving the top grades of A* and A was impressive.
The school gave congratulations go to Dominic Santa-Maria who achieved three A and five A. Dominic looks forward to returning to the Academy in September to study his A-levels.
The Academy looks forward to welcoming other students such as Toktan Tabibi and Rebecca Walker back in September as they embark on their A-level studies.
Between them they achieved an impressive 13 A* and A grades. Suraj Prohit, also retuning to the Academy in September to study maths, science, English Literature and law at A-level said: “Having received my results today, I am feeling pretty good.” He aims to embark on a career in architecture after completing his studies.
THE girls school in Clifton Drive, Hillingdon, achieved a 98 per cent rate of pupils gaining five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths.
Outstanding achievements included Julia Bahja who gained 11A*s and 4As; Helen Philbrook (10A*s, 3As); Anastasia Sonkin (5A*s and 8As); Sonia Shinhmar (5A*s, 8As); Kritika Rai (3A*s, 10As); Manpreet Pattar (3A*s, 9As); Ellah Mwale (2A*s, 12As); and Aisha Khan (2A*, 10 As).
Nazrana Nasrati, who is blind, achieved C grades in her BTEC Art qualification. She stunned Ofsted inspectors on their recent visit to the school, leaving them awestruck by her achievements in the light of the fact that she has never seen.
Headteacher, Sue Pryor said: “Following our recent Outstanding Ofsted, we have once again improved the percentage achieving the gold standard of five or more top grades including English and maths.
“Particularly impressive is the fact that, despite well publicised government changes, 91 per cent of our girls achieved A*-C grades in English.
“For the second year running, a quarter of the girls achieved more than 5A* or A grades.
“We are delighted – everyone worked so hard to achieve these results!”
UXBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
DEDICATED work by students and staff at Uxbridge High School has supported an eight per cent rise in the school’s five A*-C including English and mathematics figures, to 51 per cent.
Top performers include Sathuson Sivalingarasa, who netted an impressive six A*s and five As; Nathan Mullins (5A*s, 6As); Jerry Bond (3 A*s, 3As); Chelsea Tripp (1A*, 4As).
Chelsea said: “I am delighted with my results. I am looking forward to studying English in the sixth form and at university in the future.
“Thank you to all my teachers.”
Iqra Bari weighed in with nine As; Shivani Rajani (1A*, 8As); and Courtney Bradshaw (3 A*s, 7As).
Acting principal, Nigel Clemens, said: “We are delighted that our headline figures are moving forward in such a positive way.
“The UHS curriculum has enabled students to excel both in traditional academic and vocational areas.
“The students have laid great foundations on which to build their sixth form courses.”
IN THE vital five A*-C grade passes including English and maths, Vyners pupils achieved an impressive 75 per cent.
This is the school’s best GCSE results yet following an 11 per cent increase over the past three years, says headteacher James Heale, putting Vyners among the top 100 most improved schools in the country.
Top performing student was Ellie Baker with 13 A* grades. Other notable performances were Batul Essaji with 10 A*s and 3 As, Matthew McKenzie (9 A*s, 3 As) and many others with straight A grades.
Four pupils achieved A* with distinction in further maths – among the best results in the country.
“I am delighted with the GCSE results and the continued improvement that we are making year on year even in the face of significant challenges brought about by the changes to the exam system,” said Mr Heale.
“It doesn’t happen by chance, and I would like to thank the students for all their hard work and the professional, dedicated staff that frequently go the extra mile to ensure students reach their potential.”
STUDENTS at Uxbridge College take their GCSEs in one year, so direct comparison is not possible.
But 58 per cent of GCSE students achieved grades A*-C, and overall there was a 99 per cent pass rate.
Fariha Rehman, 17, achieved the highest grades in GCSEs at Uxbridge College this year.
Fariah, who got A* grades in biology, chemistry, and physics and an A grade in English, plans to stay on and take A-levels at the college in Park Road.
She said: “I am more than pleased – I have done better than I expected. I have worked hard, without working hard you can’t achieve and everyone has been very helpful.”
Azrat Bilal, 18, achieved excellent grades despite many challenges in his life – including losing his whole family at a young age and having to learn English at the same time as studying for his GCSEs.
Originally from Afghanistan, Azrat arrived in the UK in 2012 speaking no English – yet achieved A* grades in biology and physics, A grades in chemistry and maths and a C in English.
Azrat said: “When I was a child I heard my mother say: “I want my son to be a doctor”, and this has never left my mind.
“It always gives me a kind of courage and motivation because I want to fulfil what my mum had expected me.”
n GOOD NEWS: (From left) Ellie Corner, Fern Smith and Chloe Cooke at Swakeleys School for Girls
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GOOD MATES: (From left): Jay Lockyer, Joshua House and Lewis Brennan, all , (below) Adedayo Adeniji,16, all students from Abbotsfield School
SURPRISE: (From left) Ricky Ghedia, Shola Ajao, Amjad Saeed and Harman Kooner study their results slips at Barnhill Community High School
Lewie Damerell, 16, from Abbotsfield School; Lily Bowden and Julia Bahja, both 16, from Swakeleys School;
n ALL SMILES: Swakeleys School students (from left) Ellie Corner, Fern Smith and Chloe Cooke, all 16; (below) results studied at Abbotsfield School
n RESULTS ARE IN:
n OUTSTANDING: Harefield Academy GCSE top performers
n STAR PUPIL: Chloe Lachasseigne, 16, Swakeleys School
n LOOKING GOOD: Mahdi Farah and Ishar Phul get GCSE results day at Harlington School
n COMPARING NOTES: Stockley Academy students (from left) Fahim Ahmed, Fawad Bahrami, Samad Miah and Robson Lawrence, all 16 Photo by Hannah Raven
n ENVELOPES OPEN: Stockley Academy students (from left) Chayanne Marcano and Vanessa Felix with their GCSE certificates Photo by Hannah Raven
n INSPIRED: Azrat Bilal, from Uxbridge College worked hard to achieve his grades Contributed
n MOMENT OF TRUTH: Karan Talwar and Warid Jindaluang come to Harlington School to get their results Contribute