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Posted on 22 Aug 2019

Sweep of top grades on GCSE results day

Westminster Academy students are reaping the rewards for five years of hard work as they collect GCSE results today, including one student who achieved an outstanding eight grade 9s.

After an anxious summer of suspense, students descended upon the school this morning to find out the grades that would determine their futures. One student who has firmly established a very bright future is top achiever Anatoly Safiulov, who achieved grade 9s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Russian, German, Maths, History and English Literature; grade 8 in English Language; and Distinction* in Business. The results are not only an Academy record since the numerical grading system was introduced, but also put Anatoly among an exclusive group nationally achieving the elite grade 9 across the board. Anatoly was delighted with his results, “I am overwhelmed; I wasn’t expecting these results! Although I studied a lot, I was really scared of receiving my grades.” Reflecting on his journey, he remarked that the teachers stood out for him. “They are so lovely and have helped me a lot. My History teacher really pushed me to get this grade and I am very grateful for all her support.”

Classmate, Maram Al-Dandal achieved seven grade 9s and two grade 8s, adding to a plethora of unique experiences and memories from her school career, which include the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, attending the historic unveiling of the statue of suffragist Dame Millicent Fawcett, and interviewing Angelina Jolie.

Further impressive performances include those of Juned Munith, who achieved four grade 9s and five grade 8s, and Tejah Henningham-Dezoysa, who achieved four grade 9s, two grade 8s, three 7s and a Distinction*. Describing the experience of preparing for GCSEs, Juned said, “I found the exam period quite intense, but I scheduled in regular breaks and encouraged other students to take breaks too. I also went swimming and learnt how to play the piano to help me de-stress.” Tejah said, “I spent every second revising. I am so happy that my hard work paid off.” Both Juned and Tejah will now be taking up the IBDP at Westminster Academy.

Students were congratulated by staff who have worked tirelessly to prepare students and impart a love of learning for their subject areas. 70% or more of students achieved grades 9-4 in each of the core subjects: English, Maths and Science. With a high number of English as an Additional Language students, Westminster Academy was proud to see 86% of students achieving grades 9-4 in English, with a quarter of those students achieving top 9-7 grades. The Academy was delighted that 70% of the year group took Modern Foreign Languages exams, and sat them in at least one of 12 different languages, celebrating the diverse language profile of the cohort. 80% of Modern Foreign Languages students achieved grades 9-5 which will put them in good stead for the Sixth Form where all Westminster Academy students continue language study at International Baccalaureate level. There were also exceptional results in Physics and Biology, for which the average grade was 7, and in Media and Business, for which the average grade was Distinction.

Principal, Dr Saima Rana said, “It is exciting to see the results reflect such an array of talents among the individuals of this cohort, from art to Arabic, and arithmetic to athletics, taking advantage of the diverse curriculum which includes the English Baccalaureate but does not exclude important subjects such as Expressive Arts, Enterprise and Physical Education. It has been a privilege to support such a kind group of students, who have been extremely supportive to one another through the challenging exam period, and I have been proud to see their characters develop as they have taken up an incredible number of opportunities throughout their time at Westminster Academy, as well as raising thousands of pounds for charity thanks to their own initiatives. Congratulations to the Class of 2019.” The Principal also credited the hard work of staff, parents, carers, sponsors, governors and the Westminster Academy community who have played a key role in the five year journey of the cohort.

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