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Camden students stand up to test of new-style GCSEs

PUBLISHED: 14:45 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:46 24 August 2018

Haverstock School’s headteacher James Hadley (left) and Councillor Abdul Hai (right) with one of the school’s highest performing students, Shahriyar Alam, who got nine GCSEs including two grade 9s, two 8s and two 7s. Photo by Camden Council

Haverstock School’s headteacher James Hadley (left) and Councillor Abdul Hai (right) with one of the school’s highest performing students, Shahriyar Alam, who got nine GCSEs including two grade 9s, two 8s and two 7s. Photo by Camden Council

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Students across Camden achieved a strong set of results in the new-style GCSEs, according to the council.

They were awarded GCSE grades of 1 to 9 - with 9 being the highest - for most subjects this year. Last year only English and maths were in numbered grades.

Provisional results show that the percentage of students achieving a ‘standard pass’ in English and maths - grade 4 and above in both subjects - across Camden is 66per cent this year, which is expected to be above the national result when the final performance tables are published later this year.

The percentage of students achieving a ‘strong pass’ in English and maths - grade 5 and above in both subjects - across Camden in 2018 is 47pc, also expected to be above the national result. On both measures, students’ results this year are in line with the previous year, despite significant changes to the exam system.

Students from Parliament Hill School and William Ellis School picked up their GCSEs from the brand new LaSWAP Sixth Form building yesterday (Thursday). Funded through the Community Investment Programme, the new £4.5m LaSWAP building is the first to be finished in the Parliament Hill and William Ellis redevelopment, which will deliver further new school facilities over the next year.

Councillor Angela Mason, the council’s cabinet member for Best Start in Life, was at the LaSWAP building yesterday to congratulate Parliament Hill and William Ellis students.

She said: “Many congratulations to all our students who have done fantastically well again - especially having to sit exams which have been made harder. I am delighted that so many of our secondary schools have again posted excellent results. It was really exciting to be in the new LaSWAP Sixth Form building, which opened for these students, many of whom will move up into this sixth form next term.”

Among the top students at William Ellis School was Jamil Hasan, whose nine GCSE passes included five at the highest grade 9, two at grade 8, one 6 and one 5.

At Haverstock School, 66pc of students achieved the ‘standard pass’ in English and maths - grade 4 and above in both subjects - and more than half of GCSE grades in all subjects taken by Haverstock students were awarded grade 5 or better.

Top performers at Haverstock included Derome Robinson, with three grade 9s, three 8s, one 7, two A*s and one A.

James Hadley, who became headteacher of Haverstock School a year ago, said: “We are delighted that our students have risen to the challenge of the new GCSEs. Their efforts have been rewarded with some fantastic results. Huge congratulations to them all.”

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