Hammersmith Academy GCSE students bucked the trend of a national downturn in results by surpassing the country’s 2021 GCSE attainment measures, which are regarded as the highest achieving cohort to date.
Impressively, 80% of Hammersmith Academy students attained grades between levels 9-4 and 81% of students were entered for the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), twice as many students achieving the challenging EBacc accreditation when compared to national figures.
The Academy maintains its outstanding record in English and Mathematics with 84% of students achieving a grade 9-5 in English and 82% achieving a grade 9-4 in Mathematics.
In terms of progress, both girls and boys at the Academy outperform their national counterparts.
GCSE Standout Successes
- Yosif Ali was the Academy’s top performer, scoring an outstanding 10 grade 9s. He said, “I am happy and I really feel the hard work I put in has paid off. It has been an extremely uncertain time as this was the first year of examination after the lockdown and the online learning due to Covid made the GCSEs even more stressful for most of us. The Academy has supported us with intervention sessions before every exam, and the DT department also helped me with my coursework immensely. I would like to thank Ms. Ferrell for supporting with my course work, Arkwright application and many other projects over my time at the Academy. I would also like to thank Mr Fitchett for expanding my horizons and giving me confidence in my Sixth Form application, and Mr Flitton for the hard work he has put into teaching the Further Maths course in just a year. I am looking forward to my fresh start in Sixth Form.”
- Abdellah Zinet was awarded 7 grade 9s, 2 grade 7s and a grade 6. He added, “I feel very proud and fulfilled by my results due to the hard work and perseverance I poured into my examinations. My family and I are very pleased with my results. Although GCSEs were a really tough time, I believe the help of the Academy and the constantly available resources gave me that edge. It relieved our stress and made it feel do-able. The Academy has supported me through the constant revision opportunities such as extra help from teachers, extra lessons and revision resources. I would like to thank Mr Flitton, Mr Beattie, Miss Millar, Mr Bridle, for their constant support and welcoming nature, their fun engaging lessons and personalities urged me to do well. I am looking forward to the future with its challenging opportunities and successes.”
- Winnie Chan attained 5 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s, 3 grade 7s and a grade 6. She said, “I feel relieved about my results as I just started studying GCSEs in Year 10. English Literature and Language are the most challenging subjects for me because English is not my first language. I am grateful to have Ms Moore and Ms Millar as my English teachers, as well as the support from the English Department. I’d like to thank Ms Slav and Mr DeCarolis giving me advice in music listening exam and composition. Finally, I want to thank Mr Fitchett who supported me throughout the year. I look forward to new opportunities and being part of the Academy Sixth Form next year.”
- Kawther Hussain attained 4 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s and 2 grade 7s. She said, “I feel incredibly proud of my results – it’s the best feeling knowing all my hard work finally paid off. Similarly, my parents are delighted because they too, have seen the effort I have put in over the last 3 years. Our GCSE journey has been far from normal, but we overcame the obstacles, sat our exams, and can look back knowing it was worth the struggle. The Academy definitely played a big part in my achievements, the continuous resources, support, and dedication from all the staff, really made a difference. I am grateful for every one of my teachers, especially Mr Flitton, Mr Savvidis and Miss Lopez-Cantos, all of whom have gone above and beyond to prepare me for my exams. I am looking forward to going into Sixth Form, and having the ability to study A-Levels I enjoy.”
- Thomas Albery achieved an impressive 5 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s and a grade 7.
- Samuel Grange scored 3 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s and a grade 7.
- Anastasia Loutchina-Myndiuk achieved 3 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s, 2 grade 7s and a grade 6.
- Sara Okwara Brambilla was awarded 3 grade 9s, 3 grade 8s and 3 grade 7s.
- Elaha Hasanzadeh scored 3 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 5 grade 7s.
- Mahamed Elmi accomplished 3 grade 9s, 4 grade 8s, a grade 7 and 2 grade 6s.
Headteacher, Gary Kynaston, said “Congratulations go to our Year 11 students who have excelled in their GCSEs. The Academy has always had an outstanding record, but the attainment of this year’s cohort is all the more impressive given a downturn in grades is anticipated nationally.
To have exceeded last year’s national attainment measures demonstrates what a strong academic foundation Hammersmith Academy rests upon. Our impressive results are down to the hard work and dedication of both students and teachers, as well as a testament to the thorough and rapid planning of our Senior Leadership Team, staff and governors at the very start of the pandemic ensuring no student was disadvantaged by any disruption to learning and progress. The Academy’s early investment in it’s Digital Equality Programme saw every student provided with a personal Chromebook for home schooling, resulting in an agile transition between school and home learning. All of this has added to a strong post Covid recovery strategy.
Students should be very proud of not only their achievements, but for also demonstrating resilience and determination to succeed throughout the last three years of their course. I also congratulate parents and families who have worked with us in supporting their children throughout. We look forward to welcoming our cohort into the Sixth Form to begin the next steps of their academic journey.”