Ten pupils at Hackney’s Mossbourne Academy win Cambridge University offers

‘Please send us more applicants like this,’ say top universities

Ten sixth-formers from Hackney’s Mossbourne Community Academy have been offered places at Cambridge University.

The pupils are among the first to take A-levels at the school in Downs Park Road. In total, thirty one students won offers from Britain’s top Russell Group universities, such as Imperial College London and University of Bristol.

Michael Ha, 17, and Shedeh Javadzadeh, 17, are both hoping to get the grades to study medicine at Cambridge.

Sharukh Malik, 17, has an offer to study economics at the university, and Liam Downes, 18, is aiming to study German and Latin.

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Mossbourne’s executive principal, told the Sunday Times: “Cambridge saw kids from an inner-city comprehensive doing exceptionally well and that must have impressed them. Some of the feedback we got was terrific, along the lines of ‘please send us more applicants like this’.”

The academy, which replaced Hackney Downs and opened in 2005, has now been described as “the best comprehensive in the country” by former Ofsted inspector John Bald.