A-level results: Newham pupils exceed national average for top grades

PUBLISHED: 14:57 18 August 2017

Afsana Begum, Shazna Haque, Peace Jimoh and Shaya Small celebrate their A-level exam results at Chobham Academy

Afsana Begum, Shazna Haque, Peace Jimoh and Shaya Small celebrate their A-level exam results at Chobham Academy

Vickie Flores / Archant

Pupils across the borough have been celebrating A-level success as provisional figures show more than a quarter of grades were at A and A*.

The 28 per cent figure was a 2pc inprovement on last year, and above the national average of 26.2pc.

More than 1,300 young people sat A-level exams in Newham this summer - an increase of more than 100 from last year.

It was also the first year where pupils had to sit all the papers at the end of their two years of study, rather than throughout their course.

Cllr Rev Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Last year, for the first time, Newham overtook the national average at A-level for the top A*- A grades and this trend has continued in 2017. Our students have achieved some very impressive results despite significant reforms to A-level qualifications.

“Three of our A-level providers are amongst the best in the country and achieved more than double the England average for A*-A.

“These results are truly outstanding and are a testament to our schools, colleges and young people. This proves they can compete with the best from other boroughs, with the right support and encouragement.”

Across the borough, 72pc of grades awarded were A*-C - a decline from last year’s figure of 79pc.

Three sixth forms - London Academy of Excellence, Brampton Manor Academy and Newham Collegiate - all saw 99pc of grades awarded at that level.

Brampton Manor Academy also saw 62pc of grades awarded at A and A*, with London Academy of Excellence and Newham Collegiate close behind with 58pc and 54pc respectively.

Three other schools also saw around three quarters of grades between A* and C, with St Angela’s Ursuline’s 75pc narrowly beating St Bonaventure’s 74pc and Chobham Academy’s 73pc.

NewVIc saw 65pc of grades awarded at that level.

There were 19pc of exams taken by St Bonaventure’s pupils that received A or A*, 16pc at Chobham Academy, 14pc at St Angela’s Ursuline.

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