Clapton Girls’ Academy celebrates amazing student progress with another set of excellent A-level and BTEC results. The academy continues to be in the top 25% of sixth forms nationally with students achieving 88% A*-C grades (11% above the national average). The whole school focus on progress has led to a significant increase in students achieving at the highest possible levels in academic and vocational qualifications. This year seeing a marked increase in the number of students achieving A and A* grades at A- level and a huge 98% of the BTEC cohort achieving distinction grades or above in their subjects.
This year’s impressive BTEC results also place Clapton’s Sixth Form in the top 1% nationally for BTECs. Huge congratulations go to the BTEC health and social care, applied science and business students of whom 98% gained distinction stars or distinction grades. Particular congratulations go to the 21 students who achieved triple Distinction stars (equivalent to 3 A grades at A level). A number of BTEC students are off to study at UCL, Kings College and Queen Mary university, including Tasbiha Patel (D*D*D*- studying Information Management for Business at UCL) and Courtney Finch (D*D*D* studying midwifery at Kings College).
Outstanding individual A-level performances included Maysa Chunara (A*A*B) who secured her place at Kings College to study maths and has achieved the honour of being CGA’s first student to achieve A* grades in both Maths and Further Maths. Maysa said, “In my opinion I believe that Clapton Girls' has THE best maths department in Hackney. They were always there to motivate and encourage us before and after exams and made sure we were completely prepared before we sat our exams. So I want to thank my maths teachers for sharing their passion of maths with me. I wouldn't be where I am today without you.”
Shiva Abolzadeh, one of Clapton’s highest GCSE achievers in 2015 maintained her excellent track record gaining AAA grades in Maths, Biology and Chemistry. She also goes on to study medicine at Bristol University.
Shiva’s success in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects was shared by a number of other students including, head girl, Happy Imafidon, with her AAB grades. Happy was understandably very ‘happy’ with her results and is even happier about being accepted on to her first choice Chemical Engineering course at UCL. Happy said, “The school has really encouraged me to study the sciences. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I am so happy with my results and want all girls to study STEM subjects, like chemical engineering and become doctors and scientists. Go females!”
Other A-level high flyers are:
- Sarah Molina Estevez (A*A*A* in Spanish, Business and Maths)
- Aisha Shah (A*AB in English Literature, Economics and Sociology)
- Kheda Dzhavatkhanova (A*AB in English Literature, Psychology and Religious Studies)
- Ayesha Gleed (AAA in Art & Design, English Literature and History) who is going to study English in Birmingham
- Saami Asubiaro (A*BBA in Psychology, Biology, Chemistry and EPQ) who is going to study Psychology at Queen Mary University
As well as going on to Higher Education, Clapton students are also embarking on exciting apprenticeships in a range of employment sectors. Annie Abdulgani is taking up an apprenticeship with the prestigious Linklaters’ Law Firm while Fatima Alibhai (ABB – Sociology, Economics and ICT) will be pursuing a career in finance through an accounting apprenticeship at the Southbank Centre.
The whole school approach to teamwork and building strong partnerships between students, staff and parents has ensured 100% A*-E grades with all students displaying great ambition and commitment to their studies. Student wellbeing has also been very high on the academy agenda with students benefitting from invaluable support to develop their academic and pastoral skills to ensure that they are ready to take on the challenges of university study, apprenticeships and the world of work.
Headteacher, Anna Feltham, said: ‘At the end of my first year of headship, I am delighted to be celebrating such outstanding progress with our students, staff and parents. I could not be more proud of our Year 13 students and the experienced and dedicated staff that have supported them. The girls’ commitment and ambition has led to them achieving exceptional results and contributing significantly to the life of the academy. We wish them every success as they leave us for their next exciting chapter in their lives.'