Mossbourne gets record breaking set of A-level results

PUBLISHED: 16:41 15 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:08 15 August 2013

Alfie Morn, Massimo Monks, Jelani Okourwa and Emmanuel Opoku at Mossbourne Academy, photo Emma Bartholomew

Alfie Morn, Massimo Monks, Jelani Okourwa and Emmanuel Opoku at Mossbourne Academy, photo Emma Bartholomew


Mossbourne students achieved a record-breaking set of A-level examination results once again, emerging as the highest achieving school in Hackney.

Happy A-level students at Mossbourne Academy, photo Emma BartholomewHappy A-level students at Mossbourne Academy, photo Emma Bartholomew

Despite a drop in A* to A results nationally to 26 per cent, Mossbourne students achieved 38 per cent.

The number of A* grades achieved by Mossbourne students was almost double the national average, at 12 per cent.

Principal of the school in Downs Park Road, Peter Hughes said: “It went extremely well, we got our best results ever, we have added 15 per cent in the number of A* to B grades.

“I feel fantastic, it’s brilliant to see all the hard work the students have put in be rewarded with a fantastic set of results, and the working atmosphere between the teachers and the students has paid dividends and shown Mossbourne can do it at every level.”

Shanice Bailey at Mossbourne Academy, photo Emma BartholomewShanice Bailey at Mossbourne Academy, photo Emma Bartholomew

He continued: “Once again we have raised the bar for the rest of Hackney to have a look at.”

Mr Hugues said Sir Michael Wilshaw - who led the academy until 2011 when he went to take over the helm of inspecting body OFSTED - doesn’t have a lot to do with the school anymore.

“He can’t be the inspector and be involved with the school, it doesn’t marry up, but we will let him know about he results I’m sure he will be greatly pleased as well,” he said.

One pupil, Jelani Okourwa, is going to Homerton College at Cambridge University to study law, while another two have become the school’s first two students to ever attend Oxford University.

Sam Wratten will be studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics, while Massimo Monks, from Clapton Pond, will go to St Hilda’s college to read medicine.

“I got offered A*AA so from January the pressure was on,” he said.

“I worked really hard, I felt I did enough but you are never sure with the exams sometimes you think they go well but they don’t go as well as you hoped.

He achieved A* in art, maths, chemistry and an A in biology, and did work experience at Homerton Hospital and Newham General Hospital to secure the place.

“I just like the idea of diagnosing people, that they give me a number of symptoms and I’ll be able to tell what’s wrong with them,” he said.

“My mum always used to tell me to be a doctor as a joke when I was younger as she was an artist, and then I decided that was what I wanted to do.”

A third of the A-level students have gained places at the Russell Group universities.

Shanice Bailey still found time to study to achieve an A* and two Bs in sociology, philosophy and ethics, government and politics, on top of being awarded the Sir Michael Dux leadership award for her outstanding contributions to the academy.

She started a dance class, a boxing course, gave assemblies to lower years, organised a talent show for the sixth form and chaired the lower school council,

She will now study social policy and government at the London School of Economics.

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