A Level Results Day 2020: Sacred Heart head criticises ‘utterly unfair’ and ‘unfathomable’ downgrading

Katherine Johnston (13 August, 2020)

Despite the challenges, 90% are off to their first or second choice of university

38245Sacred Heart in Camberwell

Ninety per cent of Sacred Heart students have secured places at their first or second choice of university. 

According to the Camberwell school’s headteacher, just under 70 per cent are heading to top British and American universities.

Many students will also be embarking on competitive degree apprenticeship schemes with companies such as PWC.

100% of students achieved A*- C Grades in Art, Business Studies, Economics, French, Further Maths, History, Psychology, Textiles.   All Health and Social Care students gained the highest grades possible.

 But despite many successes, Mr Cefai said some students’ results had been downgraded in ‘unfathomable’ ways.

“I am so happy that the vast majority of our students have secured the university course of their choice,” he told the News.

“Our Year Thirteen students have suffered greatly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Their learning was disrupted, they were unable to prove themselves in exams and have then had an anxious summer waiting to discover what results a clearly faulty system would give them.

 “Some of our students have had their grades pulled down in a way that utterly unfair and unfathomable. 

“We will be appealing many of our results to make sure that our students’ life chances won’t be damaged because of a clearly faulty system.”

He added: “All of our students should be very proud of their achievements. 

“They have worked diligently and persistently in extraordinary difficult circumstances and I look forward to them keeping in touch and hearing about their progress as they start their lives as confident, independent adults.”

Among the top performers are:

  • Lucia Ruiz who achieved A*AA and will be studying Economics at Kings College, London
  • Hillary Ah-Hing who achieved A*AA a and will be undertaking an Accounting and Business Degree Apprenticeship at PWC
  • Italo Trombino who achieved A*A*A and will be studying Economics and International Economics at Nottingham University
  • Silvy Fernandes who achieved A*A*A– and is off to study Art and Design at University of the Arts London
  • Precious Ogunlowo who achieved AAA and will be studying History and Politics at the London School of Economics.
  • Timi Disu who achieved AAB and has a place to study Computer Science at Kings College, London.
  • Bailey Fairbrass who achieved AAA and will be studying Accounting and Finance and Management at Nottingham University

Silvy Fernandes with her grades


Silvy said: “My time at Sacred Heart ended in a way I didn’t expect but I’m grateful to all the teachers.

“For any future students, I would say to use all the resources that the school offers and good luck in the future.”

Hillary, who off to  said: “If you work hard, you will get the grades you deserve.

“You need to know what you want and aim for it. Your teachers know what you need to succeed, so it is so important to work and communicate with them.

“They have been so supportive of me and I’m so happy I am going to PWC to do my degree apprenticeship.”


Hillary Ah-Hing


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