Croydon GCSE results day 2013
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As Councillor Pollard said it appears students in Croydon have bucked the national trend by improving their results.
Check the Croydon Guardian website tomorrow for a full round up of students' achievements.
Councillor Tim Pollard, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Learning said: “With just over half of the figures now in, the picture is encouraging.
"Most schools have shown an improvement on previous results and in some cases this is marked.
"We won’t have a full picture until tomorrow, but I’m confident that Croydon will continue with the year-on-year increase in grades that has been the steady trend since 2006.”
Most schools GCSE results now in. Nationally results down, but looks like #Croydon pupils will buck trend. Well done to our young people.— @CllrTimPollard 22 August 2013
Royal Russell School are celebrating a strong set of results.
A number of students did exceptionally well, including Charlotte Aston, who was awarded 12 A* grades and Michelle Kazi who got six A*s and six As.
Several students achieved a minimum of six A*s including Oleg Falkov, Georgia Davies and Madeline Beadle.
Michelle Kazi and Sam Roberts celebrate their results
Other successful students include Ella Scarisbrick who managed to grab five A*s and four As, Holly Hardstone who earned four A*s and six As and Sam Roberts who got four A*s and six As.
Headmaster, Chris Hutchinson said: “I am extremely proud of the achievements of all our girls and boys, who have worked hard and achieved the success they deserved.
“I look forward to working with all of our Year 12 students as they join the Sixth Form at Royal Russell.”
St Andrew's school students are also celebrating exam success, with 65 per cent of students achieving five A* to C grades including English and maths.
Over 80 per cent of students got five A* to C grades, with head boy Scott Clarke and Nicola Compton named as two of the most successful students.
Both achieved nine A*s and A grades.
Headteacher David Matthews said: "During a year when nationally we seemed to have gone down, we have held out own."
Harris Academy Crystal Palace have shared their results and 82 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades including English and maths, with 96 per cent gaining at least five A* to C grades.
A school spokesperson said: "These grades are the result of the very hard work and efforts of the students themselves with the support of our dedicated staff.
"The vast majority of our Year 11 students have chosen to follow Post 16 courses at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace or elsewhere in the Harris Federation."
The BRIT school is celebrating after 95 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades, with 68 percent achieving the grades with English and maths.
All students took the BTEC Level 2 Diploma, equal to four GCSEs in their chosen arts area, and over a third of students achieved a distinction- the equivalent of four A*s.
Musician Shivani Brooking did extremely well, gaining 12 GCSEs and the equivalent BTEC Level 2 Diploma with grades A* to A.
Actor and dancer Lydia Hiraide gained 12 GCSEs and the equivalent BTEC Level 2 Diploma was grades A* to B. She also scored full marks in her Sociology and English Literature paper.
Principal Stuart Warden said: "We are delighted with the creative and academic success of our students."
Staff at Virgo Fidelis say they are "delighted" by the remarkable achievements of their students in their GCSEs.
A number of students achieved more than 11 A* to C grades and exceptional individuals include Oritseweyimi Amatotsero who achieved 14 A*s to A grades, Niamh Rafferty obtained 12 A* to A grades and Jemima Cohen and Helin Jalal who both achieved 10 A* to A grades.
Jemima Cohen and her results
Sister Bernadette said: "I am immensely proud of the results of our students which is due to their hard work and the dedication of the staff.
"At Virgo Fidelis we are also extremely fortunate to have supportive and encouraging parents."
Sister Bernadette, Oritseweyimi Amatotsero and Niamh Rafferty
Oasis Academy Shirley Park students have achieved excellent GCSE results, with 100 per cent of students achieving A* to C grades, and 64 per cent achieving five A* to C grades including English and Maths.
The figures represent a 41 per cent increase on the number of pupils who achieved give GCSES with English and Maths since the Academy opened in September 2009.
High performers Chloe Ayoub, Alliah Adeola and Ollie Haines
Outstanding performances came from Chloe Ayoub who achieved two A*s and six As, Alliah Adeola who got three A*s and three As and Ollie Haines who achieved two A*s and six As.
Chloe said: "This morning I was extremely nervous when I opened my results, but thankfully they turned out to be very good. I’m glad that I had the help and support from all of my teachers and friends. Without them, I do not believe I would have done as well as I have."
Alliah said: "Today when I opened my results, I couldn’t have been happier. I exceeded my expectations and I’m really proud.
"I couldn’t have asked for a better support system than what we had at Oasis – especially Miss Opoku, Mr Greenish, Miss Heusner, and all of the senior staff. I’m really going to celebrate my achievement."
Ollie Haines, a graduate of the Crystal Palace Academy, juggled his academic commitments with his football commitments. He said: "I’m thrilled to have achieved such high grades, especially whilst having to travel around for loads of football fixtures.
"I was given so much support by the school, especially Mr Yates and Mr Morrow, and I am proud of the progress I’ve made here at Oasis Academy Shirley Park."
Students celebrate exam success
Dan Morrow, head of secondary phase said: "We are going from strength to strength, these results show that we now have a solid foundation for excellence.
"These results will help to transform the lives of our students and transform our community. "We are proud of everything the students and staff have achieved."
Eve, Georgia and Eloise with their results
Students at Al-Khair secondary school are celebrating excellent GCSE results.
Every student achieved five A* to C grade GCSEs including English and Maths.
Overall 53 per cent of grades were A*s or As and 75 per cent of pupils achieved the English baccalaureate. Danish Hafeez did particularly well, achieving 12 A*s and a A.
Other exceptional students include Samim Ahmed Yasin, who got eight A*s and four As, Fareed Omar Raghdo who got seven A*s and four As and Ismaeel Adnan Siddiqi, who got three A*s and nine As.
Headmistress Aisha Chaudhry said: "I am delighted that the hard work of our Year 11 pupils and their teachers has been rewarded with such an outstanding set of GCSE results.
"We are confident that our pupils will leave our school with a competitive advantage.
"Equally important for us however, is the belief that pupils who leave our school understand that academic excellence is only meaningful if used to benefit society as a whole."
Students at Riddlesdown Collegiate have achieved a huge improvement in their GCSE grades.
Improvements have been seen in almost every subject, including Maths, Science and Modern Languages.
Michael Rice picks up his results
English was the star of the show with 84 per cent achieving A* to C grades, compared with 63 per cent in 2012.
Almost 90 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades, and 99 percent of all grades achieved were passes, of which 78 per cent of grades were A* to C.
Over two-thirds of all students achieved five A* to C grades including English and Maths, with top achievers including Lisa Kladitis, who achieved 11 A* and a Distinction and Rachel Jones, who earned nine A*s and two As and a Distinction.
Principal Gordon Smith said: "Once again we have seen hard work paying off for our students. At a time when performance across the country has probably declined and there are concerns about stalling or falling standards, these improvements are testament to the commitment of our students.
"As with our A Level results last week, the improvements are seen in almost every single subject."
Katie Osborn, Thomas Trigg and Bethany Parham with their results
Coloma Convent Girls' School are celebrating topping last years' GCSE results and many star performances.
Twenty-one girls gained six or more A*s, with Esther Ivens and Niamh Buckingham doing exceptionally well, with both achieving 11 A*s.
Coloma students receiving their results
They were closely followed by Hannah Bailey, Rachel Ellens and Ciara O'shea, who each achieved 10 A*s.
Last year's GCSE grades resulted in Coloma being presented with an award from the Specialist Schools and Academy Trust and being rated as the joint top non-selective school and academy nationally for students GCSE average points score.
Students achieved a 95 percent A* to C pass rate including English and Maths- the best results ever achieved.
Overall 18 percent of all grades were A*s, 46 per cent we A*s or As and 75 per cent were A* to B. A record 80 per cent of pupils gained the English Baccalaureate.
A happy Coloma student with her results
Headteacher Mrs Martin said: "The girls have worked incredibly hard supported by wonderful staff, parents, governors and friends.
"When nationally top grades have fallen for the second year running it is most pleasing to confirm our grades are still rising.
"Every single student in Year 11 has had the opportunity to excel and most of them have done so.
"We are delighted for our girls, the vast majority of whom will be staying at Coloma for ‘A’ Level and Cambridge Pre-U courses."
Two girls celebrate their results
Celebrations are under way at Trinity School where students achieved their best ever GCSE results.
Pupils bagged the school's highest ever percentage- 84.4 per cent of A* and A grades and 99.5 per cent of A* to C grades.
Adam, Max, Bryan and Harry with their GCSE results
All students achieved at least five A* to C grades and particular congratulations go to 71 students who achieved five or more A*s.
Two students that did particularly well were identical twins Nick and Dan Thompson, who achieved 17 A* between them.
Thompson twins Nick and Dan got 17 A stars between them
Headteacher Mark Bishop, said: "I am delighted with the results and very pleased the heard work by boys and teachers has paid off."
Staff and students at Old Palace of John Whitgift school are celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate. Almost 60 per cent of all grades were A* or A grades.
Maryam Ahmed, Alisha Balakrishnan, Zara and Ejatu Shaw all achieved 11 A* or A grades in their exams.
Safiya Ismail earned 10 A* grades and Sophia Ahmed Ashford, Jaynika Amin, Victoria Brew-Riverson, Aksah Khan, Gabrielle Mack, Gamuchirai Nheta, Imogen O’Conner, Kemi Oyekan all achieved 10 A* or A grades.
Overall students secured 450 A* or A grades. Carol Jewell, head of Old Palace said: "Following on from our Year 12 and 13 performances at AS and A-Level, our Year 11 students have delivered an excellent set of examination results.
"Many congratulations to all the students, as well as to our dedicated staff who continue to be an inspiration to students during their Old Palace education."
The results are in from Edenham High School, where nearly 60 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades including English and Maths.
Three students who did exceptionally well are Isobel Clough who achieved nine A*s, one A and one B.
Munashe Grey got two A*s and 10 As, and Chris Kateley secured two A*s, six As and four Bs.
A school spokeswoman said: "Staff and Students worked really hard towards these results. We are extremely pleased with the outcome. Well done to all."
The results are in from Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College where 67 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades including English and Maths.
Students achieved a six per cent increase on last year, achieving the school's best results to date.
Bryana Lina and Kinari Shah celebrate their exam success Photo: Precious King
English and Maths were particularly successful, with 20 per cent of all students achieving A* or A grades and 80 per cent of students achieving grade C or above in English and 72 per cent achieving grade C in Maths.
Eighteen students achieved nine of more A* and A grades, and 15 per cent of students achieved seven or more passes at A* or A.
The ten most successful students achieved 10 or more A* to A grades, including Bryana Lina, who got nine A*s and two As.
She said: "I am still in shock. I am so grateful for all the help and support from NMBEC, I am so happy."
Bethany Lock got five A*s and six As said: "I am really happy with my results, I could not have wished for better- especially with what has been in the news. I am so glad all of the hard work has paid off."
Twins Jessica and Katrina Irapah texting their sucess Photo: Precious King
Headteacher Amanda Compton said: "We are on top of the world this morning and I am so pleased that all the hard work staff and students have put in has paid off. These are our highest results so far at NMBEC.
"These results are significantly higher than last year for both passes at C grade and also for passes at A or A* grade with over 15% of our students achieving 7 or more A and A* grades.
"I am particularly thrilled with the increase in the percentage of students gaining five or more GCSEs at A*-C grades including Maths and English to 67 per cent from 61 per cent in 2012."
There is plenty to smile about at Croydon High today where 100 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades.
An impressive 67.54 per cent of all entries were graded at A* to A, with 89.54 per cent at A* to B and 97.59 per cent at A* to C.
The girls achieved excellent results in maths with 100 per cent A* to C grades and 97.2 per cent of entries awarded A* to B.
Rebecca Hundervad with her proud dad
In English Literature 94.4 per cent achieved A* to B grades and 88.7 per cent obtained A* to B in English Language.
Joy and relief for Andrea Oben with Head of Sixth Heidi Mester
Headteacher Debbie Leonard said: "We are really very pleased with the GCSE results this year.
"There have been some exceptional individual results and we would like to congratulate all the girls who have worked so hard and who thoroughly deserve their success."
The Quest Academy are celebrating their best ever GCSE results.
Last year 80 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades, but students smashed this record boosting it to 94 per cent this year.
The more challenging benchmark of five A* to C grades including English and Maths is up to 63 per cent, an increase of 17 per cent from last year.
Shaniqua Okwok, Nazir Ahmad and Mudeser Ahmed with their results
Particular congratulations go to Shaniqua Okwok who achieved two A*s, five As and five B grades.
Mudeser Ahmed also did well earning two A*s, two A and five B grades and Nazir Ahmad achieved five As and five Bs.
Shaniqua said: "I wouldn't have been able to get these results if it hadn't been for Quest."
Over 70 per cent of students achieved an A* to C grade in English, up 60 per cent from last year.
Principal Andy Crofts said: "We knew that our Year 11 students were going to do well this year, but these results have exceeded our own predictions.
"I am extremely proud of all our students who have worked so hard, and risen to the increased challenge and expectations that we have brought in at the Academy over the last three years.
"The efforts of all the students, their families and our dedicated staff, have paid off. With virtually all students in Year 11 securing at least five high passes this year their future prospects are excellent."
Joseph Ayodele and Oury Diallo with their results
The results are in from Harris Academy Purley where students and staff are celebrating a dramatic increase in the number of students achieving five A* to C grades.
Last year the figure stood at 63 per cent, but this year 75 per cent of students achieved the government standard.
Leah Grant, Rodney Sihlangu, Tahniya Rahman and Annelie Robert celebrate their results
Two students that did exceptionally well are Leah Grant and Rodney Sihlangu.
Leah Grant with her results
Leah was the academy's top achieving girl after securing seven A*s, five As and one B grade.
Rodeny was the top achieving boy, earning three A*s and nine As.
Rodney Sihlangu with his results
Carol-Anne Alcock, Principal of the Academy, said: "I would like to congratulate our students and staff, who can be very proud of these results. They show the high standards everyone at our Academy works towards.
"When we opened in 2009, we replaced a school where just a third of pupils achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and maths.
"Today, three quarters of our students have achieved this benchmark, well above the national average.
"It is very exciting to see so many of our students achieve the grades they were hoping for and we look forward to seeing them flourish in the Harris Sixth Form."
Archbishop Tenison's school have shared their results. Early indications show a significant improvement on last year, particularly in the A* to A grade bracket.
Over 40 per cent of pupils achieved A* to A grades in English Literature, History and Drama, with a number of students also obtaining an AS in Religious Studies.
The school has also seen improved results in Maths, Science and Geography.
Headteacher Richard Parrish said: "The hard work of both pupils and staff and the unfailing support of parents and carers have led to these improvements."
Assistant Headteacher for Key Stages 3 and 4, Nathan Walters added: "The school hall is full of smiles and the thrill of realising all their hard work has paid off in spades."
Jack Barton, Emily Forbes, Sally Parker, Molly McBrown, Megan Baldwin, Steven Woods, Lisa Stewart and Alex Simpkin with their results
RT @MPSCroydon: Good luck to all those getting GCSE results today. Some top results out there in #Croydon congrats & well done to all!— @HMCW2011 22 August 2013
Results are in from Westwood Girls' College for Languages and Arts where 41 per cent of pupils obtained five A* to C grades including English and Maths.
Over 80 per cent- 83 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades and 16 per cent achieved the English Baccalaureate at the school, which is becoming Harris Academy Upper Norwood in September.
The results are a significant rise from last year where just 35 per cent of students achieved the government benchmark.
The school is particularly pleased with the school's maths results that saw 64 per cent of students achieve A* to C grades.
The number of students achieving English A* to C grades was 44 per cent. Sir Dan Moynihan, CEO of the Harris Federation, said: "I am particularly pleased that, under the leadership of one of our Principals, Christopher Everitt, Westwood College has seen a significant improvement in results.
"This lays the groundwork for the Academy to open successfully next month, and we are looking forward to supporting it in going from strength to strength."
Oasis Academy Coulsdon have shared their results.
Early analysis indicates 63 per cent of Year 11 students achieved five A* to C grades including English and Maths.
Over 90 per cent- 92 per cent, of pupils achieved five A* to C's and 95 per cent obtained five A* to G, and all students achieved at least one A* to G grade.
Andy Booth, Associate Principal said: "These initial indications are good overall and are in line with targets set by Government benchmarks.
Students who have done exceptionally well include Manikandan Nagaraj who arrived in the UK from India at the age 10 and couldn't speak any English.
Six years on after learning the language from his teachers and school friends, he was left speechless after achieving 14.5 GCSEs, nine of which were top A* to C grades.
Kirsty Winters from New Addington and Hannah Fifoot from Coulsdon smashed their predicted targets.
Kirsty Winters with her results
Kirsty achieved 11.5 A* to C grades including English and Maths, with three A grades in English Literature, Textiles and Citizenship and Hannah achieved 10 A* to C including English and Maths.
Executive Principal David Millar celebrates with students
Executive Principal, David Millar said: "Today we are celebrating the culmination of months and years of hard work and dedication of students and staff.
"So many of this particular year group have surpassed and excelled, some of them overcoming significant barriers to achieve success.
"Watching the students’ faces break into smiles and tears of relief and joy is one of the best days in the academic year. I am so proud of all their achievements."
The results are in from Addington High School, where 49 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades including English and Maths.
Rachel Simons and Fakiha Chohan with their results
Headteacher James Malley said the results were the best ever seen at the school.
He said: "I am very pleased and the results are down to a lot of hard work by students and staff which has really paid off."
Students celebrate their GCSE success
Woodcote High School are celebrating after 81 per cent of students got at least five A* to C grades including Maths and English.
Students improved on last years results by 12 per cent, and 90 per cent of students gained at least a C grade in Mathematics.
The overall the number of passes at A* and A were also at a record high and there was a 12% rise in the number of students gaining the English Baccalaureate which now stands at 35%.
Headteacher Mark Southworth said: "We are absolutely thrilled with this set of results.
"To get a rise of 12% is a fantastic achievement at any time, but when your baseline is high in the first place the increase is all the more remarkable, especially against a national picture of lower standards."
Staff and students at Harris Academy South Norwood are celebrating after 100 per cent of students achieved five 'good' GCSEs.
Three-quarters- 76 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades including English and Maths.
The school's Ebacc score has risen from four per cent to 31 per cent and is now well above the national average.
Students that did particularly well include Riccardo Barra with 13 A* and A grades, Taha Khan with 12 A* and A grades, Arshad Nazir with 11 A* and A grades and Grace Lindsey, who also got 11 A* and A grades.
Principal Sam Hainey said the results are a "testament and tribute to the hard work and dedication of staff and students."
He added: "When you compare the performance of our students this summer to their starting points in Year 7 which were very low, these results are even more remarkable.
"They will be an inspiration to future year groups, who will see that every child, regardless of their starting point or background, is capable of achieving greatly.”"
The Bard of Godstone has written a special message to students collecting their results today.
The rhyming bard this morning hopes,
For positives in envelopes.
Students looking to be free,
With multiple GCSEs.
Pupils picking up their results this morning are doing so amid reports there could be turbulence in grades due to changes in the way papers are marked.
The way the science papers are marked has been toughened-up and for the first time, pupils will be marked on their grammar and spelling in subjects other than English.
Teaching unions say the changes mean this year's results will be difficult to compare with previous years.
Good luck to all Croydon students getting their GCSE results today!
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