City of London Academy Southwark students get top marks in GCSEs

Kit Heren (12 August, 2021)

'We are hugely proud of their endeavours and know that, despite the challenges that they have faced, they have shown exceptional resilience and ambition to overcome these hurdles,' said headteacher Michael Baxter

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Three students at City of London Academy Southwark in Bermondsey achieved top grades in every GCSE this year.

Charlotte Paresys is one of these students. She said: “I’m really proud of the results that I’ve achieved. I’ve had some great teachers and I’m looking forward to staying on at CoLA Sixth Form where I’m hoping to study Maths, Further Maths, French and Economics.

Charlotte Paresys

Jesse Ngizwenayo, another student to get straight 9s, added: “I feel elated! I want to thank all my teachers who helped me get these results tody. I’m so happy I came to CoLA, it really is a place to thrive.”

Jesse Ngizwenayo

Finn Wharton also received 9s across the board. He said: “I’m relieved that all the hard work was worth it. I’m excited for the next chapter at Sixth Form where I hope to study Spanish, English Literature, Biology and Chemistry.”

Overall, the school’s students achieved a 78 per cent pass rate in English and Maths at grade 4 and above, and a 56 per cent pass rate at grade 5 and above.

In English, 42 per cent of students achieved grade 7 or above, in Economics 67 per cent received grade 7 or above, and in Sociology 47 per cent of students got or above.

Finn Wharton

City of London Academy Southwark headteacher Michael Baxter said: “This year, our Year 11 students have recorded exceptional grades, enabling many of them to continue onto the prestigious CoLA Sixth Form, as well as a range of other excellent post-16 options.

“These outcomes were achieved despite the significant hurdles thrown at them by the pandemic, including lockdowns, shifting exam expectations, and the personal situations that they, like all of us, have had to endure since March 2020.

“We are hugely proud of their endeavours and know that, despite the challenges that they have faced, they have shown exceptional resilience and ambition to overcome these hurdles.”

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