Paddington Academy students achieve best A-level results in school’s 11-year history

A-level results day at Paddington Academy. Photo by CatAlinAlecu

A-level results day at Paddington Academy. Photo by CatAlinAlecu - Credit: Archant

Paddington Academy students are celebrating achieving the best A-level results in the school’s 11-year history.

Two students secured places at Cambridge University on a day which saw 30per cent of pupils awarded A* or A grades and 93pc bagging A* to C grades.

Qamil Pajaziti, who secured three A*s in maths, chemistry and further maths and an A in biology and will take up a place at Trinity Hall at Cambridge to read medicine. While Izzy El-Dandrawy will be following suit after obtaining an A* in English and As in history and sociology and will take up a place at Fitzwilliam College to read history.

Other top performers included:

• Mahdi Uddin (two A*s and an A) will read maths and economics at the London School of Economics

• Ahmed Abdulla (A* and two As) will study maths and economics at University College London

• Lirak Krasniqi (A*, A and B) will take up a place at Kings College, London to read philosophy, politics and economics

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• Granit Sylejmani (A* and two As) and will study maths and economics at London School of Economics

Others in the Sixth Form were celebrating excellent results for vocational qualifications, with 90pc of all BTEC entries being Distinction or Distinction* – representing the academy’s highest performance ever in these qualifications.

The academy’s sixth form has grown significantly over the last five years and this year’s cohort contained 148 students.

Principal Peter Jones said: “Everyone in the academy can take immense pride in these results today, which are the culmination of years of hard work and dedication from our students and staff alike.

“While all our students deserve credit for their achievements, we are particularly pleased for Qamil and Izzy on their Cambridge offers. Their success demonstrates that our students can continue to compete with the best students from any school in the country.

“Each year we are increasing the number of our students that go on to higher performing universities. Most are the first in their families to go to university, so it is incredibly important that we help ensure they have the same opportunities to access top institutions as anyone else.

“Finally, I would like to thank our staff for the excellent work they do in encouraging our sixth formers to reach their potential. Nobody forgets a good teacher, and their skill, enthusiasm and commitment has a huge impact on the exam results and life chances of our students.”