London,
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August
2018
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Camden students stand up to test of new-style GCSEs

Students across Camden achieved a strong set of results in the new-style GCSEs, which meant they received numbered grades in most of their subjects for the first time this year.

They were awarded GCSE grades of 1 to 9 - with 9 being the highest - for most subjects this year. Last year only English and maths were in numbered grades.

Provisional results show that the percentage of students achieving a ‘standard pass’ in English and maths - grade 4 and above in both subjects - across Camden is 66% this year, which is expected to be above the national result when the final performance tables are published later this year.

The percentage of students achieving a ‘strong pass’ in English and maths - grade 5 and above in both subjects - across Camden in 2018 is 47%, also expected to be above the national result. On both measures, students’ results this year are in line with the previous year, despite significant changes to the exam system.

Students from Parliament Hill School and William Ellis School picked up their GCSEs from the brand new LaSWAP Sixth Form building yesterday (Thursday). Funded through the Community Investment Programme, the new £4.5m LaSWAP building is the first to be finished in the Parliament Hill and William Ellis redevelopment, which will deliver further new school facilities over the next year. With its spacious study areas and planted green wall the new building has been designed to create a sixth form with a campus feel.

Councillor Angela Mason, the council's Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life, was at the LaSWAP building yesterday to congratulate Parliament Hill and William Ellis students.

Councillor Angela Mason CBE, Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life
Many congratulations to all our students who have done fantastically well again - especially having to sit exams which have been made harder. I am delighted that so many of our secondary schools have again posted excellent results. It was really exciting to be in the new LaSWAP Sixth Form building, which opened for these students, many of whom will move up into this sixth form next term.
Councillor Angela Mason CBE, Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life

Among the top students at William Ellis School was Jamil Hasan, whose nine GCSE passes included five at the highest grade 9, two at grade 8, one 6 and one 5.

Parliament Hill School student Katy Gimson was one of the school’s top performers with seven grade 9s and three grade 8s in her GCSEs.

And Molly Cohen, also of Parliament Hill School, achieved an impressive three 9s, six 8s and one 7 in her GCSEs.

Another top student at Parliament Hill, Gracie Oddie-James, got 10 GCSEs, including three 9s, four 8s and an A* in Latin.

Overall, 80% of students at Parliament Hill School achieved a grade 4 pass or above - a 'standard pass' - in both English and maths and 60% achieved a grade 5 or above - a 'strong pass' - in both subjects.

At Haverstock School, 66% of students achieved the ‘standard pass’ in English and maths - grade 4 and above in both subjects - and more than half of GCSE grades in all subjects taken by Haverstock students were awarded grade 5 or better.

Top performers at Haverstock included Derome Robinson, with three grade 9s, three 8s, one 7, two A*s and one A.

James Hadley, who became headteacher of Haverstock School a year ago, said: “We are delighted that our students have risen to the challenge of the new GCSEs. Their efforts have been rewarded with some fantastic results. Huge congratulations to them all.”

Councillor Abdul Hai, Cabinet Member for Young People and Cohesion, who was there to congratulate Haverstock students yesterday, said: “Their hard work has paid off. Well done to all the students and staff.”