GCSE Results Day 2018: Isaac Newton Academy staff and pupils ‘overjoyed’ at record-breaking success

PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 August 2018

Hamza Shaukat is on his way to Eton's sixth form. Pic: Andrew Perrin for Ark

Hamza Shaukat is on his way to Eton's sixth form. Pic: Andrew Perrin for Ark

Andrew Perrin

Pupils at Isaac Newton Academy are “overjoyed” after notching up even better GCSE results than last year.

Ahnaf Ibne-Anis. Pic: Andrew Perrin for ArkAhnaf Ibne-Anis. Pic: Andrew Perrin for Ark

According to the school in Cricklefield Place, Ilford, last year’s results put them among the top performing in the country, but the academy said this year’s crop were even better.

Interim principal Jo Spencer said: “We are overjoyed that our pupils have achieved a fantastic set of GCSE results for the second year running.

“The students, teachers and staff at the school have all worked extremely hard and this is refelcted through this year’s results.”

The percentage of students getting the new pass rate of grade four or better in English and maths (a C grade under the old grading system) was 84 per cent.

Natalia Bedenko. Pic: Andrew Perrin for ArkNatalia Bedenko. Pic: Andrew Perrin for Ark

In total 35pc of pupils achieved the highest grades nine (the highest) to seven with 52pc scooping grades nine to six in all subjects.

Pupil Ishani Punj, 16, got seven grade nines and two eights. The chuffed 16-year-old said: “I am a bit in shock but really happy. We receive a lot of support here which I think is reflected in the grades.”

Fellow pupil Ahnaf Ibne-Anis – who moved to the UK from Italy in 2014 – said of his 10 GCSEs: “I had to put a lot of hard work into my studies, but it has paid off. The teachers have been very supportive and helped me through some hard times.

“I am really happy with my results,” the 16-year-old added.

Ishani Punj. Pic: Andrew Perrin for ArkIshani Punj. Pic: Andrew Perrin for Ark

Hamza Shaukat’s results – one grade nine, two eights, four sevens, one six and one five – have helped see him through to a place at Eton’s sixth form on a scholarship.

“I did better than I expected in some of my subjects which I am really happy about. It’s a really good feeling,” the 16-year-old said.

Natalia Bedenko, 16, joined the school – which opened in 2012 – after her family moved to the UK from Poland. She got 10 GCSEs grades nine to five.

“I did better than I expected. I am really happy. I joined the academy in year nine. The first two years were quite challenging and I spoke only a little bit of English,” she said before paying tribute to her form tutors who helped her get to grips with the language.

Ms Spencer said: “The results show what can be achieved through a positive mind-set, fantastic teaching, a great work ethic and a strong partnership between the school and families.”

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