Hammersmith Academy Sixth Form celebrates A-Level success and continuing Oxbridge tradition

18 Aug 2022

Hammersmith Academy Sixth Form students celebrate A-Level and BTEC success with 50% of all grades awarded A*-B, bucking a national downturn in top grades awarded over the past two years.

There have been fantastic results across the academic departments with notable successes in Geography, Politics, Physics, Further Maths, Psychology, Sociology and Spanish.

In addition to 50% of all grades awarded A*-B, an impressive 80% of all grades were awarded A*-C.

Matthew Sanetra and Mai Kheir maintain the Academy’s Oxbridge success gaining places at Oxford University.

A-Level Standout Successes

Hamza Huda attained the Academy’s top score with A*A*A*A and will study Computer Science at Queen Mary University, London.

Matthew Sanetra achieved A*A*AB, and goes on to study Computer Science at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. He said, “I am ecstatic at achieving my offer – it feels surreal! Everyone in my family is extremely proud and there is an overwhelming amount of joy among us all. I have found it to be a very challenging year, but I believe I am now much better prepared for whatever the future brings. The Academy has been amazing for the whole 7 years I have been there. They have always supported me with exploring the fields I am interested in and without them I am confident that I would not have achieved as well. I am now extremely excited to study at Oxford and to focus on the subjects I love.”

Batoul Gheleb accomplished an impressive A*A*AA to secure a place at University of Warwick, to study Computer Science. She said of her experience, “I feel relieved and excited to move on with the next chapter of my life. It was sometimes difficult to revise the specifics of the advanced information available to students, but the staff did their best to support, providing readymade and easy to access revisions tools. I’m grateful for all staff members that supported my progress all throughout my time at Hammersmith Academy. I’m very much looking forward to university life and completing my degree!”

Lisa Dang attained A*A*AA and will study Theology & Religion at University College, University of Durham. She said, “I feel relieved about my results, especially as the exam boards announced that grades would be lower this year. My parents are proud as I’m the first person in my family to go to university. The Academy has supported me with retaking exams and they really helped to integrate me back into school. I’d like to thank Ms Harrowes who helped me with my application and choosing Durham as a place to study and I can’t wait to move and start studying in-depth.”

Lucia Beautyman was awarded A*A*AA achieving a place at King’s College London to study Geography. She said, “I did better than I expected and my family are really happy for me! It has been a disrupted few years with Covid and the advanced information helped me a lot to structure my revision and which topics to prioritise and focus on. The Academy really helped us with interventions which gave extra support and I want to thank Ms Harrowes who provided UCAS advice and to Ms Moss in psychology.”

Osuke Miyamaru attained A*AA, and goes on to Imperial College London to read Biological Sciences. He said, “I’m delighted that I have managed to get my place at a top university with world-leading research. It wasn’t the easiest A-Levels with Covid disruptions; however, the teachers helped us through. I’m really grateful for the opportunities the Academy has provided for me over the past few years, and I am looking forward to researching further into the field of Ecology which I find exhilarating.”

Kristy Oliveira Baker scored A*A*A to achieve a place at University of Exeter to read History.

Sumaya Ahmed accomplished AAA and now heads to Queen Mary University, London to study Biomedical Sciences. She said, “After a long 2 years, I’m relieved that my hard work has paid off. You never know what to expect with exams but I’m glad I achieved what I was aiming for. Our year group has had a unique experience with Covid causing disruption but thanks to the help of our supportive teachers and careers team we still managed to persevere. I’m looking forward to the rest of the holiday and starting a new chapter in my life!”

Mai Kheir attains her place at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford to start an English Foundation Year. She added, “Considering the difficult circumstances of the last two years, I’m happy with the results I achieved. I think we all found these disrupted years difficult to handle but all being in the same boat, we were able to support and help each other. The Academy and the teachers have always been incredibly supportive, helping me through many challenging moments, and I hold great gratitude towards the teachers. I would like to thank all of my English teachers, particularly Dr Runacres, without whom I don’t think I would have recognised my appreciation for Literature. I’m looking forward to the new experiences, growth and opportunities that come with stepping out of the school setting and into university, and to expand my knowledge of a subject that I am very excited to explore.”

Headteacher, Gary Kynaston, said, “We are delighted that the hard work and dedication of our students is reflected in a brilliant set of A-Level results.

Sixth Form students receiving their A-Level results today are the first cohort to sit national examinations since 2019 and who themselves have not had the experience of national examinations during their secondary education. That in itself is a huge challenge and our students should be very proud of their achievements.

A large part of the success is also down to our teaching staff who have supported students and prepared them thoroughly over two years of their courses, ensuring students perform to the best of their abilities in an examination setting.

Hammersmith Academy continues its reputation as an institution that sends students to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities and onto competitive and challenging courses.
Congratulations to our Sixth Formers and we wish them the very best of luck as they now approach the next stage of their academic and professional journeys. We look forward to seeing their future success and staying in touch as members of our alumni community.”

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