After months of hard work, there were smiles and tears for students across Lambeth as they finally found out their much-anticipated A-level results last week, writes Hannah Skellern.
Though the amount of University places granted is at an all-time high, the country saw a drop in grades for the first time in 32 years.
In London, the amount of A* grades rose by 0.1 per cent since last year – but the pass rate fell to 97.8 per cent, compared to 98 per cent in 2013.
Lambeth Council said they will not reveal the statistics that will reveal how the borough has fared until next month, when the data from each school will be collated.
The Department of Education and the Joint Council for Qualifications have only released national and regional statistics.
Cllr Imogen Walker, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council (Policy), said: “Today’s results are a testament to the hard work of all the talented and vibrant young people who have worked so hard to achieve success. They are a credit to Lambeth.
“Whether they are going on to university or straight into work, I’d like to congratulate all of them – and the teachers who have dedicated themselves to helping our students realise their full potential.”
Despite the falling national pass rate, the Weekender spoke to Lambeth schools with a host of success stories.
Teenagers at Lambeth Academy were celebrating after 76 per cent scooped A*-C grades in their A-levels.
Gurveen Khurana, who gained two As and a B, will move on to Imperial College London to read Physics.
Sikanada Mehdizada, who will be studying maths at the University of Bath, achieved an A* and two Bs, while Francesca Crittell, who got an A*, A and B will go on to study Psychology at Keele University.
Claudio Pereira secured a sports management place at Lougborough University with a triple distinction star in sports fitness coaching.
Jan Shadick, Principal of Lambeth Academy, said: “I am delighted for our Sixth Formers who are celebrating today, each of whom has been rewarded for their hard work.”
Streatham & Clapham High School:
Streatham & Clapham High School achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for the third year in a row – with students achieving results far above the national average.
Kathleen Carter, who got three A*s, will go to Warwick University to read Economics, Other top performers include Christina Huynh, with an A* and two As, who has been admitted to Nottingham University to study Management, Ella McLeod, with three A*s, who will study English and Theatre Studies at Warwick University, and Isabella Moore, who got three As, and will go on to read Philosophy at the University of Durham.
One in four of all the students proceeding to university achieved an A* or an A grade in every subject that they took while 90% of students achieved an A* to C in each of their subjects.
Head Master Dr Millan Sachania, said ‘The public examination results achieved by SCHS students this year is a clear testimony to our students’ hard work, dedication and ambition, and I congratulate them, and their teachers, on their achievement.’
St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College:
At St Francis Xavier (SFX) in Clapham, last year’s pass rate of 96 per cent remained the same despite the national decline.
Star sixth formers this year included Ateeb, who achieved an A* and three As and will be taking up a place at the University of Surrey studying Mechanical Engineering, and Iryna, who gained three As and an A*, and will also be attending Surrey to study Psychology.
Hannah achieved an A* for Religious Studies and two As, and will soon take up a place at Loughborough University to read Economics.
Aleksandar, who moved to London from Bulgaria three years ago, will study Economics and Mathematics at Queen Mary University after achieving an A*, A and B grade, while Evgenia, also from Bulgaria, will be attending Imperial College following her achievement of an A*, two As and a B.
Archbishop Tenison’s Church of England School:
In Oval, all students at Archbishop Tenison’s Sixth Form were offered a University place.
Top pupils included Darrel Adjei, Henry Hoang, Lekan Omolewa and Robert Chaplin-Dewey, who will all be heading to leading universities.
Darrel, who got three A*s and two A grades, will be heading to Imperial College London to read Physics.
Harry, who received two As and one C, will study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Surrey, while Lekan Omolewa who was awarded an A and two Bs, will go to Loughborough University to study Psychology. Robert, who got three Bs, will read Politics with International Relations at the University of York.