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Skinners' Academy A-level results: Woodberry Down school's first set of grades sees 100% pass rate

PUBLISHED: 10:22 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:46 17 August 2017

Esin Akdogan, Tracey Tran and Connacht Sheffield celebrating their grades at Skinners' Academy in Woodberry Down this morning. Picture: Sam Gelder

Esin Akdogan, Tracey Tran and Connacht Sheffield celebrating their grades at Skinners' Academy in Woodberry Down this morning. Picture: Sam Gelder

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Skinners' Academy in Woodberry Down is celebrating its first ever set of A-level results this morning with some stellar success stories.

Among them is head girl Esin Akdogan, who is off to Oxford to study history after getting two A grades and a B.

“My heart was beating out of my chest. Now I can’t feel anything!

“I didn’t think I’d get in. I called my mum and told her my results and she said ‘oh no’, but then I told her I’d got in and she started bawling her eyes out.”

Connacht Sheffield got an A* in art, A in maths and C in physics. He’s now going to Sussex University to study mechanical engineering.

“My dad’s driven me back and forth about seven times this morning,” she said. “My mum and aunt were both in tears.”

Tracey Tran came out with two A*s and two As in psychology, art, sociology and maths. She can now look forward to a psychology degree at UCL.

“I’m still in shock,” she said. “In maths I don’t know how I did it! My mum’s happy.”

The school, sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Skinners, has been on the site since 1890, but was reopened as an academy in 2010 as the Woodberry Down Estate regeneration got under way and the demand for school places increased. It now takes both boys and girls.

Principal Tim Clark told the Gazette that, out of the 46 students who applied to uni, all but seven had secured their first choice. The two students who didn’t apply to university are heading off to do art foundation courses.

The school was celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate out of 20 subjects – 19 A-levels and BTEC business.

“The year overachieved as a group based on their ‘ALPS’ [Active Learning Practice for Schools], which sets targets based on their GCSE results. I’m very very pleased.”

Keep checking our A-level results homepage for all the latest stories and results from Hackney this morning. Got a story? E-mail education editor James Scott on james.scott@archant.co.uk.

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