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2019
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Camden A-levels 2019 - celebrations as students pick up their results

Celebrations have been taking place across Camden, after students at the borough’s schools received their 2019 A-level results.

Provisional figures show that the average points score per A-level entry in Camden in 2019 is 4.9 points higher than the previous year - up from 29.5 to 34.4, despite significant changes to the exams nationally over the last three years (see notes below).

The percentage of Camden A-level exam entries awarded A* to E in 2019 is 98.1%, which is higher than the national average this year of 97.5%.

The percentage of Camden students achieving three or more A* to E grades in 2019 is 80.2%, while the percentage achieving two or more A* to E grades is 92.9%. These are an increase on last year’s overall A-level results.

Councillor Angela Mason joined students and staff at LaSWAP Sixth Form on Thursday (15 August) to congratulate them on their successes.

Councillor Angela Mason CBE, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families
Congratulations to students at LaSWAP and other Camden schools, as well as the brilliant teachers who support them. Young people from this borough are going onto some of our top universities after gaining some really impressive A-level results. However, this is a great set of results for young people of all abilities, including those following vocational pathways such as BTECs. I’m also pleased to hear about some excellent results in modern foreign languages, as well as maths and other important academic subjects.
Councillor Angela Mason CBE, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families

LaSWAP is the joint sixth form for four Camden secondary schools - Acland Burghley, William Ellis, Parliament Hill and La Sainte Union. About 400 students were collecting their A-level results at LaSWAP today, where 99% of A-level entries passed at A* to E. Seventy-three per cent of A-level entries by LaSWAP in 2019 were graded at A* to C, 44% A to B and 17% A* to A, which compares well with previous years and is slightly up on last year.

Among the individual LaSWAP and William Ellis School students celebrating on Thursday was Abel Ayettey, 18, who has a place at Christ Church College, Oxford University, to study maths after gaining an A* in maths, an A* in further maths, and an A in physics.

Former Camden School for Girls student Chhaya Lad, 18, moved to LaSWAP Sixth Form so she could study product design as one of her A-levels. She’s now off to Nottingham Trent University to study for a degree in product design having gained an A in her A-level in that subject, along with an A in psychology and a C in maths.

Nicholas John, headteacher of Acland Burghley School speaking on behalf of the LaSWAP schools, said: “We are delighted with these results. We have a comprehensive offer with pathways for everybody - both academic A-levels and vocational qualifications, including BTECs in subjects ranging from performing arts to health and social care. We’re very pleased with the progess in maths A-level at LaSWAP this year, where 70% of students have received an A* to C, and our results in modern foreign languages, including French, Spanish and German.”

Meanwhile at Regent High School’s sixth form, Muslima Bilkis achieved A, B, B grades in English literature, history and psychology. Muslima said the staff at Regent Sixth Form had been ‘”so supportive”. She is heading off to Queen Mary, University of London, to study history and politics.

Delighted Haverstock School A-level student Rui Costeira is off to King’s College London to study physics. He got two As and one B in his A-levels, which were physics, maths and chemistry.

James Hadley, headteacher at Haverstock School, said: “We are delighted that our students’ hard work has been rewarded.”

Students at Camden School for Girls achieved another set of outstanding results in 2019, with 14% of all grades at A*, 44% of all grades at A* to A and 77% of all grades at A* to B.

Elizabeth Kitcatt, headteacher of Camden School for Girls, said: "These are exceptionally strong results, reflecting extremely hard work by students and teachers, and consistent support from parents."

Background notes:

  • The reformed A-levels have eliminated coursework and AS-level grades no longer count towards final A-level grades
  • This year’s results mark the first year since students moved into their new LaSWAP Sixth Form building, which features green ‘living walls’. The new building was funded through the Community Investment Programme, which is the Council’s plan to build council homes, schools and community facilities through the sale of new homes and underused assets
  • Young people who picked up their results in Camden yesterday are reminded that, in addition to higher education options they may be considering, apprenticeships offer opportunities to earn while you learn and get a foot on the career ladder. For more information visit camden.gov.uk/apprenticeships
  • Camden schools are supported by the Council and by Camden Learning, our school improvement partner
  • See more photos from this year's A-level results here