Hackney schools leading the way in GCSE exams

Girls at Clapton Girls' School celebrate results in July 2014

Girls at Clapton Girls' School celebrate results in July 2014 - Credit: Archant

Hackney schools have exceeded the government benchmark for “good” GCSE results, according to official government figures released for the first time last week.

Anntoinette Bramble

Anntoinette Bramble - Credit: Archant

Nationally, 53.4 per cent of pupils achieved the government standard of five or more A* to C GCSE grades, including English and maths, in 2014.

This compares to 58.8pc in Hackney, though the result was a 2pc fall in “good” GCSE grades in the borough from 2013 and slightly below the inner London average of 59.5 per cent.

The highest percentages of students achieving these were at Tayyibah Girls’ School, in Filey Avenue, Stoke Newington, with 100pc and Mossbourne Academy, in Downs Park Road, Hackney Downs, with 87pc.

Five Hackney schools also appear in the top 30 for value-added scores – which is pupil progress calculated by comparing test results for pupils aged 11 with performance in eight GCSE subjects.

But schools recorded lower than average A-level results, with the average point score of each A-level entry marked as 211.5, compared to the national average of 215.2. Mossbourne Community Academy achieved the highest average with 228.5.

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, cabinet member for education, said: “League tables only reveal a very small snapshot of the great work going on in our schools every day, so we approach them with caution.

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“However, we’re delighted that five Hackney schools appear in the top 30 schools for value added scores in the country and that we continue to achieve above the national average. This demonstrates the progress that schools are continuing to make and I’d like to again congratulate all of our schools for an excellent set of GCSE results.”

Other notable results included City Academy, in Homerton Row, which ranked top in London and second in the country for pupil progress.

Head Mark Emmerson said: “Being the best school in London, whether grammar, single sex or denomination, is outstanding and we have always set ourselves the target of being world class, though we can see areas in which we can improve and we aren’t complacent. But it is a really good milestone in proving what we set out to do is achievable and hopefully transformational for the students.”

Results below:

Percentage of pupils achieving 5 GCSE grades A*- C including English and Maths:

Tayyibah Girls’ School 100%

Mossbourne Community Academy 87%

The City Academy 81%

Tawhid Boys’ School 80%

Clapton Girls’ Academy 75%

Beis Malka Girls’ School 71%

Lubavitch House School 68%

Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls’ School 63%

Our Lady’s Convent Roman Catholic School 56%

The Petchey Academy 55%

Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form 55%

Cardinal Pole Roman Catholic School 55%

Beis Chinuch Lebonos Girls’ School 50%

The Bridge Academy 48%

Haggerston School 46%

The Urswick School 38%

Hackney University Technical College 29%

Average A Level Point Score:

Mossbourne Community Academy 228.5

Clapton Girls’ Academy 220.6

Cardinal Pole Catholic School 220.0

Our Lady’s Convent Catholic School 207.8

Hakcney Community College 204.7

The Petchey Academy 204.1

The Brooke House Sixth Form College 192.3

The Bridge Academy 190.3

The Urswick School 185.5

Haggerston School 183.3