Hammersmith Academy students raise the roof for inner city achievements
Hammersmith Academy achieved some outstanding grades in only our second year of GCSE results.
Following on from last academic year, students have again surpassed expectations and handled the transition to the new 9-1 GCSEs for English and Maths with aplomb.
The results are a ringing endorsement of the Academy’s belief that a fair banded cohort are no less able to achieve. Since opening in 2011, the policy of selecting a ‘fair-banded’ intake of students has shown that students can make great progress and score well against national average expectations. They now go on to choose high quality courses in our Sixth Form or other local colleges.
- 75% of students achieved 5 GCSEs A*-C equivalent.
- 65% achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths.
- 74% 9 – 4 in English Language , 80% 9-4 in English Lit
- 71% 9- 4 in Maths.
- In total we got 100 A*s or equivalent (compared to last year’s 50) and 166 A grades.
- 23% of all grades were A*-A equivalent.
- EBacc: 47% Standard pass/40% Strong pass (National 26%).
Standout individual results include:
Head Boy, Amandeep Arora, who took 12 subjects – achieving 3 grade 9s for each of his English and Maths, the top score in this new type of exam. He additionally scored 9A* and Distinction* in IT. This is the equivalent of 13A* placing him in the top 0.1% of students nationally. When asked about the Hammersmith Academy effect he said: “Just belief. You are encouraged and helped to be the best you can be. I am so happy and ready for the future.”
Natalie Brundle, Deputy Head Girl, after starring in many school productions over the years now stars in her own results show with a tremendous 3A* and 6A equivalents. She said, “I feel good and relieved. It has been a long ride. The academy provided every opportunity. There was no shortage of ways to do well, improve and get better. The teachers have made it incredible!”
Hameed Rahimi, who took 11 subjects and got 8A* and 3As, said: “Wow! I am proud of my achievements. Thanks to everyone who helped me.”
James Pye achieved equivalent grades of 8A*/2As. James said, “It has been all worth it. I am really happy and excited.”
Sarveen Sangthhiramohan scored an amazing 7A*/6A grades showing that dedicated hard work and quiet determination pays off. He said, “It is fantastic. I wanted this so much and have succeeded.”
Jamel Lawrence took 12 subjects and got 6A* and 6As equivalent. When asked how he did it, he replied: “I am really happy because I have met my personal targets and can enrol into HA’s sixth form. Also, my mum will be happy. HA has given me confidence. I knew I had potential but this academy has helped me achieve more than I expected.”
Other notable results include the Wilson twins, who in combination gained 13A*, 5 As and 3 Bs and Shane Wilson having the honour of making the most progress from his starting points in year 6.
Other great scores include Abdelmadjid Zinet with 4A*/6A equivalents, Lika Chachibaia 3A*/6A and Calvin Hartley with 2A*/8A grades. Arvijikh Batkhuu with 4A*/6A. Youssef Awadalla with 3A*/6A grades.
Headteacher Gary Kynaston said:
“I am consistently amazed by our students. They have yet again shown great resilience and determination to succeed. It is great to see their efforts so richly rewarded with these brilliant results. The students and staff have been challenged by the new style GCSE exams and have approached them head-on with an energetic zeal. HA’s vision is to develop highly qualified, confident and aspirational young adults which I feel is reflected in their achievements. They have proved that no matter what your background is, you can achieve great things through hard work and perseverance. I am so proud of the collective endeavour and collaboration between the students, dedicated staff and our fantastic parents that I see a bright future for this cohort and those coming up behind.”