Happy mo­ments snapped up

Plenty of smiles as stu­dents col­lected their GCSE re­sults. ALAN HAYES and HAN­NAH RAVEN re­port

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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.”


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.”


BISHOP Ram­sey is uck­ing the tional d and has ved on last year’s GCSE re­sults.

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.


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!”


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

Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201410357_06

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;

Pho­tos by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL201410357_06

n ALL SMILES: Swake­leys School stu­dents (from left) El­lie Cor­ner, Fern Smith and Chloe Cooke, all 16; (be­low) re­sults stud­ied at Ab­bots­field School


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

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