Hammersmith Academy celebrates high achieving GCSE cohort

12 Aug 2021


Hammersmith Academy GCSE students continue to raise the bar with a high attaining set of results which exceeds all national attainment measures, including 70% of all entrants attaining the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and 92% of all grades awarded at level 9-4.


GCSE Standout Successes

Ermir Bela was the Academy’s highest achiever, scoring a spectacular 9 grade 9s.

Sahra Abdi attained an impressive 8 grade 9s and a grade 8. She said, “I’m really happy and a bit shocked! My parents are really proud they knew how hard I worked for these results. The support from the Academy has been fantastic, the teachers made sure we knew all the content before our mini tests and were really supportive throughout the whole process. I am already looking forward to studying Biology and Chemistry in the Academy’s Sixth Form and eventually medicine at university. I would like to give a huge thanks to Mr Montero and Ms Moore, they have been so supportive and helped me during this time.”

Ruby Foley achieved 8 grade 9s and a grade 8. She added, “I feel really good! My Mum is so proud and relieved after such a tough year for both students and teachers, so to get these results is just fantastic. My next step is A-Levels so I am over the moon to be going on to that. I have had great support from the Academy especially given the circumstances. I am extremely grateful to my Head of Year Ms Whittaker and to Mr McLaughlin and Ms Simonovski, for their passion for their subjects and keeping me positive.”

Salvatore Sorrentino secured 8 grade 9s and a grade 8.

Shuaib Ali attained 7 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s.

Erica Kemp was awarded 7 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s. She explained, “I was really happy when I got my results and my parents are very proud. The support from HA has been great I am now going on to study Chemistry, Maths and Geography and I’m very excited for the next step.”

Alaa Elmi secured 7 grade 9s and 2 grade 8s and continued the family’s high achieving record this week with both her elder twin sisters going on to study medicine at university. She said, “When I received my results I was somewhat shocked but really satisfied. My family are super happy and very proud of me. The support from HA has been amazing, any bump in the road has been smoothed out and I would like to thank everyone. If there was one less person on my journey at the Academy I don’t think I would have achieved these grades. I am going on to study Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Spanish and I wish to go on to University.”

Other top achievers include Harsha Mehra with 7 grade 9s, a grade 8 and a grade 7, Kamal Ferchiche with 6 grade 9s, a grade 8, a grade 7 and a grade 6 and Safwan Uddin with 5 grade 9s, 2 grade 8s and 2 grade 7s.

Headteacher, Gary Kynaston, said “This is a really impressive set of results from our Year 11 cohort. Our results have been consistently high over the last six years and the achievements of this cohort raises the bar further still. We continue to exceed all national attainment measures including 70% of all our GCSE students achieving the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), which provides students with a multitude of academic pathways for further study.

This is all the more notable given students have had, in effect, two consecutive years with periods of disrupted classroom time. They have proven to be resilient and adaptable learners with a real desire to succeed. We are pleased that we have been able to support students and their families with our Digital Equality Initiative which provided every student with a personal Chromebook, ensuring no student missed out on online lessons and digital resources.

Students should be very proud of their achievements regardless of them not being able to sit the traditional national summer exams. They have had to demonstrate their ability through a rigorous assessment process including tests and assessed pieces of work over a large part of their courses. Many of our Year 11 students will start the next chapter of their studies in our Sixth Form and we look forward to them returning in September and progressing towards university and future careers.

I thank the teachers and staff who have worked with such dedication in supporting our students and ensuring they make the progress that they deserve, and to the parents who have worked closely with us every step of the way.”

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