‘Best ever’ GCSE results at Skinners’ Academy

PUBLISHED: 12:27 25 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:27 25 August 2018

Skinners' Academy Leia Cheddesingh Smith collecting her GCSE results. Photo by Skinners' Academy

Skinners' Academy Leia Cheddesingh Smith collecting her GCSE results. Photo by Skinners' Academy


Students have secured the “best ever” results in Skinners’ Academy’s history, according to the school.

78per cent of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades 9-4 (67pc of students achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grades 9-4 including maths and English), while 20pc of all grades were 9-7 (equivalent of A*-A in the old system).

Subjects which achieved 100pc 9-4 grades included further maths, biology, physics, art, physical education and most home languages, while there was 90pc 9-4 grades include chemistry and history and those at 80pc or over include English literature, Spanish and religious studies.

Top results were achieved by Michael Layhe, who is celebrating results including five 9s; one A*; three 8s; two 7s and one 5. While being very modest about his achievements, Michael said “I’m pleased to have achieved grades which give me lots of choices about what to study next and what career to pursue in the future. I appreciate the teachers at Skinners’ Academy and am looking forward to studying subjects I enjoy at A-level, including chemistry, physics, maths and further maths, in the academy’s sixth form.”

Briana Williams, who celebrated grades including six 8s; one 7 and three 6s, was excited to share: “I was so surprised by my results. The subjects which I struggled with in the past I did extremely well in.

“I’m really proud of myself and my peers. We did it guys.” She is intending to join the Skinners’ Academy Sixth form to study A-Levels including history, chemistry, biology and music.

Meher Kazmi was also pleased with her grades, including one 9; five 8s; one A; four 7s and one 6 saying: “I feel very proud and accomplished. This year was tough but I am very happy with the outcome.” Meher will also be attending Skinners’ Academy sixth form and studying biology, chemistry and maths.

Tim Clark, principal of Skinners’ Academy, said: “We are so proud of our hard working students and dedicated staff who have done themselves proud.

“It’s exciting to see the academy’s motto of ‘be the best you can’ in action with this cohort of pupils who have not only done themselves proud academically but have also thrown themselves into enriching activities including the Duke of Edinburgh programme (more than 85pc of this particular year group achieved the Bronze Award) and music performances, including with the National Youth Orchestra earlier this year.

“Skinners’ Academy is currently the only Hackney school to offer free music lessons to all Year 7 pupils and we look forward to celebrating similar academic and non-academic successes in the coming years.”

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