A-level results day success for Camden students
Camden School for Girls buck trend on English courses
22 August, 2019 — By Helen Chapman
Camden School for Girls sixth form students Henna Von Daniken, Rose Babamiri and Erica Muneyuki Trento
While English is declining across the nation as an A-level choice, Camden students are bucking the trend.
National statistics show that sixth formers across the country are swapping Shakespeare for sciences in favour of vocational courses.
But English literature was the most popular choice at Camden School for Girls (CSG) sixth form this year, with 83 students finding they had achieved an A*-B grade in the subject on A-level results day last Thursday.
Elizabeth Kitcatt, headteacher, said: “We are really pleased. Everyone has done incredibly well. They have been a great year group and have been engaged in school life as well as their academic work and are rounded individuals.”
Jemina Darling, 18, who achieved A*, A, B, said: “I am so happy. I was worried about history, I thought I was going to fail, but I got a B.” She is taking a year out before deciding what to do next.
Some 93 per cent of A- level students at CSG sixth form achieved A*-C grades and 44 per cent achieved A*-A grades. Fifteen students gained places at Oxford or Cam- bridge universities.
Meanwhile, at LaSWAP sixth form consortium, rapper and author Akala joined his younger brother Khameron Gulley as he collected his A-level results on Thursday.
Abel Ayettey, 18, was off to Nando’s to celebrate with friends after finding he had achieved two A*s and an A in maths, further maths and physics. He is going to study maths at Oxford University and said he felt “proud and excited,” adding: “I feel it’s going to be a good opportunity for me, it’s going to open quite a few doors.”
Beritan Kahye, 18, smashed her CCC predicted grades, getting ABB in sociology, history and media studies and is going to the University of Greenwich to study criminology. She said: “I was shocked. I was literally so ready for Clearing. I had the number saved on my phone.”
Grades A*-B made up 53 per cent of results at the Harris Academy St John’s Wood, formerly Quinton Kynaston. Sara Ahmed achieved A* A* A A and is going to study history at London School of Economics. Ayah Khan, who achieved A* A A, will be studying geography at Queen Mary University of London.
Headteacher Nick Soar said: “Every child has worked their socks off to get to their university of choice.”
At Haverstock School, a delighted Rui Costeira is off to King’s College London to study physics. He got two As and one B in physics, maths and chemistry.
Ifthiaz Miah, another top performer, was thrilled to achieve two As and a B grade in economics, politics and sociology and is off to City, University of London to study law.
Headteacher James Hadley said: “We are delighted that our students’ hard work has been rewarded. With these fantastic qualifications combined with the experience that they have gained from the award-winning Haver- stock Career Network, they are fully equipped to be successful in the next stage of their lives. Well done to them all.”
Camden’s education chief, councillor Angela Mason, said: “This is a great set of results for young people of all abilities, including those following vocational path- ways such as BTECs.
“I’m also pleased to hear about some excellent results in modern foreign languages, as well as maths and other important academic subjects.”