Hackney A level results - live updates
Students across Hackney will be finding out today whether they have made the grade as they receive their A level results.
Hundreds of young people have already opened the dreaded envelope and learned whether they have secured a place at their chosen university or got the qualifications for their future career.
The Gazette team was out and about yesterday (Thurs) speaking to students and collecting the latest information on results.
We will be updating the site as we get more information.
Students at Mossbourne Community Academy in Downs Park Road got up especially early to receive their grades at 8.30am.
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So far we know that 85 per cent of the A level results at the school were between grades A* and C.
The ten young people who were praised earlier this year for receiving conditional offers to study at Cambridge University were among those nervously waiting. Seven reportedly secured the grades they needed, although one of these has opted to go to music college. Another hopeful has been offered a place at Cambridge this morning, despite not quite making the grade.
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BSix Sixth Form College in Kenninghall Road were the next to release their results. They say A* to C grades have risen from 49 per cent last year to 58 per cent this year with an overall pass rate of 96 per cent.
Principal Ken Warman said: “We are thrilled that these achievements are opening up more and more opportunities for our students.”
Hackney Community College in Falkirk Street, Shoreditch, achieved a 96 per cent pass rate – down slightly from last year’s 97 per cent – but this was countered by a three per cent rise in students gaining an A* to C grade.
Student Akthar Khan, was thrilled with his two As and a B in maths, chemistry and biology. It was the second time around for the 27-year-old who felt he’d let himself down with a C, E, and a U when he took A-levels when he was younger. He now plans to study medicine.
Johanna O’Connor, 19, was kicking herself for forgetting her mobile phone – she was desperate to let friends and family know she’d achieved two As and a B.
“I’ll have to put it on Facebook when I get home,” she said.
The results from Our Lady’s Convent High School in Amhurst Park have also been announced. The pass rate was 99 per cent this year while 73 per cent of grades were A* to C.
Lady-Namera Ejaimike, who will now go on to study medicine at UCL, said: “I’m absolutely ecstatic. It’s really good news. I’m a little lost for words.”
At Clapton Girls’ Technology College, in Laura Place, six students received straight As securing places at some of Britain’s top universities.
Dung Pham, got three As in English Literature, History and Psychology and is going to study law at Bristol. She said: ““I feel very happy and can have a stress free summer now. It was hard work but I really wanted the grades so I put the effort in.”
The overall pass rate for Stoke Newington School, Clissold Road, was 99 per cent this year, and the number of students getting top grades shot up to 55 percent – up from 33 percent in 2010.
Seyid Aydin aced his science exams, securing him a place at University College London to study biological science. He will be the first in his family to go to university.
Fellow pupil Graham Hodges-Smikle got three As in Biology, Chemistry and Economics and will study medicine after a gap year.
He said: “I’m very, very, very, very happy. So I have been bouncing off the walls all morning since I found out, I’m a bit calmer now. I want to just say thank you to Stoke Newington for helping me get where I am.”
Kinereth Touitou achieved four As and a B in biology, chemistry, maths, Hebrew and psychology at Cardinal Pole School in Kenworthy Road.
Fellow student Jaime Bell-Bradford, 19, scored two As and a C and is looking forward to studying English literature at Lancaster University.
The former young poet laureate of Hackney told the Gazette: “I screamed when I opened my results – I’m very relieved because I thought I’d have to do ‘clearing’.
“I rang my whole family and they were quite surprised because I think I’d played up how nervous I was.”
Melissa Zaman, 18, is heading off to study neuroscience at Kings College London with her two As and two Bs.
“I said a prayer before I opened the envelope,” she said, “so it must have worked. I’m wearing loads of charms today too.”
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