GCSE Results Day 2018: Excluded pupils turn lives around as Barkingside school achieves best ever results

PUBLISHED: 16:59 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:59 24 August 2018

Sion Thompson. Photo: RAP

Sion Thompson. Photo: RAP


Students at a school for those who have been permanently excluded or who speak little-to-no English have achieved the best GCSE results in the institution’s history, despite tougher exams.

Rita Hazzazz, Alexandra Demaris and Laura Amarandei. Photo: RAPRita Hazzazz, Alexandra Demaris and Laura Amarandei. Photo: RAP

Pupils at Redbridge Alternative Provision (RAP), in Starch House Lane, Barkingside, received their exam results on August 23.

Seventy eight percent of made more than one level of progress in maths while 89pc improved by one grade in English and 88pc in Science.

More GCSE’s were passed this year at RAP than the last five years combined.

Headteacher Sam Walters said: “At RAP we aim to work with our students in a holistic way, supporting not only their educational needs, but also their social and emotional needs.

Aaliah Azad opening her GCSE results. Photo: RAPAaliah Azad opening her GCSE results. Photo: RAP

“We recognise the increasing pressure placed on young people today and take a restorative approach based upon helping them to take ownership and responsibility for their learning and behaviour.

He added: “All of our year 11 students joined the provision between September and February of year 11.

“Many of them had poor attendance at their previous school and extremely low levels of attainment (on average between grades U and 2 at GCSE).

“Though small group teaching, personalised pastoral support packages and intense mentoring we have managed to achieve the best GCSE results RAP has ever had, which at a time whereby GCSE qualifications are getting harder, makes us extremely proud of our students.”

Student Aaliah Azad – who was predicted mainly grade 3’s across the board when she arrived at RAP – surpassed her own expectations by miles.

She achieved Grade 5’s in English language, English literature and maths, as well as with grade 4’s in RE, D&T and combined Science.

She has now been accepted into two different sixth forms in Redbridge mainstream schools.

Sion Thompson arrived at RAP from his previous school with an English grade 1.

But after six months of hard work he achieved a grade 4 and is set to begin a plumbing apprenticeship next month.

Rita Hazzazz, Alexandra Demaris and Laura Amarandei arrived in the UK between October and November last speaking virtually no English.

They all passed their English and maths GCSE and have been accepted into various sixth form colleges.

RAP – rating “outstanding by Ofsted - provides an education for students who have been, or are at risk of, permanent exclusion from their mainstream school and those students who enter the UK after the October half term of year 11, many of who speak very little English.

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