Hammersmith Academy Sixth Form students celebrate A-Level, AS Level and BTEC results with the largest number of students achieving places to study medicine and continuing the Academy’s Oxbridge tradition.
A-Level Standout Successes
Shahad Arzouni was the Academy’s top achiever scoring A*A*A*A*, and goes on to study Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s College, University of Oxford. Shahad said, “I’m a bit shocked and surprised. I’m also quite relieved and so happy to have achieved what I aimed for. I want to thank all the staff who have done so much for us and provided the opportunities even in a pandemic. The teachers kept us on track and positively motivated, especially during the lockdown, and constantly checked in with us to see how we were doing.
The UCAS and Careers Team gave me wonderful advice, guiding me through the course choices, and even encouraged me to apply for Oxford, something which I never thought was possible. They connected me with alumni who were already at Oxford who gave me advice. The support network here is second to none. It is a really positive end to my HA journey. Our success really shows what HA has to offer and what can be achieved if you take all the opportunities offered. A new path has opened up for me and I am excited to be moving to a new city and meeting new people! ”.
Omid Ashoorzada attained A*A*A* and secured his place to study Mathematics with Finance & Accounting at Queen Mary London said, “I am very, very happy. I put a lot of work into all the tests and I know my parents are really proud of my results. I want to thank my A-Level teachers who have all been amazing and have pushed me all the way to success.”
Artora Mehmetaj accomplished A*A*A* and will go to LSE to study Politics & Economics. She commented, “I’m really happy and proud of myself and all of my friends, we all got in to our first choices and worked really hard to get there. I’ve been at Hammersmith Academy from Year 7 and I’ve always had support whenever I’ve needed help with anything. Throughout Sixth Form and over lockdown I would always ask for help online and I’ve been given the support I’ve needed, the teachers went out their way to help all of us. My family are really proud, I’ve always wanted to go to LSE and take this direction. I’m excited to go to university and meet likeminded individuals.”
Fahmeena Aziz secured A*A*A* and secures a place at St George’s to study Medicine. She said, “My family and I are so happy, over the moon! It’s an amazing feeling, it makes you feel like you can do anything, I worked really hard. It’s been a difficult time for us in Year 13 but the support has been amazing. I have received more support than I would expect from any other school. I don’t think I would have done as well without it. I am excited to start my medicine course.”
Twins, Farah (A*A*A*) and Fatima Elmi (AAB), secured places to study Medicine at King’s College London and UCL respectively.
Farah said, “It’s amazing that our hard work has paid off. This year has been hard and stressful, and there was a lot of uncertainty with the exams and assessments with the lockdown. We are both so happy with the support that we got throughout our time at the Academy, I wasn’t sure what the application process was and the UCAS Team supported me all the way. The family are so happy and excited for both of us and I am already looking forward to studying what I am interested in in detail and can’t wait to become a doctor in the future.”
Fatima added, “I am beyond excited, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions these last few weeks. Super proud that Farah and I are going to study medicine. I was anxious with all the disruptions, knowing that every piece of work would count, and we kept looking at our ongoing percentages. I had impeccable support from all the teachers and UCAS Team. They supported me throughout the university application process. I’ve been at the Academy since Year 7 and the support has been there from day one. I’m looking forward to a new chapter and excited to be sharing this experience with my sister.”
Arian Najafi secured a place at UCL to study Chemistry by achieving A*A*A. Arian commented, “I’m very proud of what I have achieved. I’m looking forward to independency that university will bring and testing my own limits. My family are very proud and are very happy with my choice of university. I’ve received great support especially from my teachers, they put in 100% and have been so positive. I wouldn’t have achieved the same results without the support of the Academy.”
Headteacher, Gary Kynaston, said, “This is the second successive year in which A-Level students have not been able to sit the traditional end of year summer examinations, and for this cohort in particular, another academic year disrupted by a period of lockdown.
What is different this year is that teachers have been able to make the determination in grades and submitting these to the exam boards, which was not the case last year. Students have been able to demonstrate their ability in the form of tests and pieces of assessed work.
Students have shown remarkable resilience and perseverance, being able to adapt to learning from home and making the progress expected of them. I am proud that the Academy has been able to support students through this with our Digital Equality Initiative, which we launched back in the autumn, providing every student with a Chromebook to use at home for online lessons and personal study.
I congratulate the students on their achievements and the commitment they have put into their studies. This cohort continues our Sixth Form tradition of high academic achievement across a wide variety of subjects and is reflected in the diverse range of university places attained at Russell Group universities. We have seen the largest number of students go on to study medicine and the continuation of Hammersmith Academy students studying at Oxbridge. I wish them every success at university and in the professional world that awaits them.
My thanks go to the teachers who have gone above and beyond in teaching and supporting the students through this challenging year, and to the parents who have worked closely with us.”