Camden GCSEs 2022 beat previous years and national average

Camden GCSE students have achieved results which are above the national average – as well as up on last year’s GCSE results and the last time that students sat exams, rather than having grades assessed by their teachers. 

The provisional 2022 results show that the percentage of Camden GCSE students achieving a ‘strong pass’ in English and maths – grade 5 or above in both subjects – is 59%, which is above both the 2021 figure of 55% and up on the last time that students sat exams in 2019, which was 46%. 

Meanwhile, the percentage of Camden GCSE students achieving a ‘standard pass’ in English and maths – grade 4 and above in both – is 76% for 2022, which is above the 2021 figure of 75% and up on the 2019 figure of 68%. Camden students also performed above the national average across all the key grade bands. For example: 

  • 9.1% of Camden GCSE exam entries gained the top grade 9, compared with 6.6% nationally
  • 32.7% of Camden GCSE exam entries were awarded grade 7 or above, compared with 26% nationally
  • 65.4% of Camden GCSE exam entries were awarded grade 5 or above, compared with 58.1% nationally. 

Councillor Marcus Boyland, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families, who was at Regent High School yesterday (Thursday) to speak to students and staff there, said: “There have been some fantastic GCSE results in Camden – and it was also great hearing about the wonderful achievements of students taking BTECs and other vocational qualifications. The lockdowns during the pandemic were extremely hard for everybody so a big shout out to all our students and the teachers who have supported them so well during this period. It was lovely to see how happy the teachers were for the students who were with them celebrating such brilliant GCSE results.” 

Regent High School GCSE student Nadia Hussain achieved an incredible 11 of the highest grade 9s in biology, chemistry, physics, English language, English literature, French, maths, further maths, geography, product design and business studies. Nadia is Regent High School's highest achieving student this year, and in the school’s recent history. She plans to study maths, further maths and physics A-levels at the King’s Maths School, London, and is considering a career in engineering. 

Nadia said: “I was expecting to get maybe six or seven grade 9s – but not all 11 of them!” 

Not far behind was Tahia Ahmed, of Regent High School, who achieved a stunning 10 grade 9s and a grade 8 in her GCSEs. She will study A-levels at Camden School for Girls, with a view to reading law at university. 

Both of Camden’s Youth MPs, Samir Qurashi and Aya Elgool, and one of the borough’s two Deputy Youth MPs, Hdayet Otaky, attend Regent High School – and all three of them were very happy with their GCSE results. Samir scored a fantastic six grade 9s in biology, business studies, chemistry, geography, maths and Spanish, as well as four grade 8s and a grade 6. He wants to read medicine at Oxford, Cambridge or University College London and will be preparing for this by studying A-level biology, chemistry, geography and maths at Camden School for Girls Sixth Form. 

Aya got a grade 9 in drama, as well as two 8s and six grade 7s among her 10 GCSEs, while Hdayet got a grade 9 in history, six grade 8s and two 7s among his 10 GCSEs. 

Gary Moore, Headteacher of Regent High School, said: “I am absolutely thrilled by this incredible set of results, which are a testament to the fortitude shown by our Year 11 students during an international pandemic. They have been focused, demonstrated significant amounts of resilience, and worked tirelessly to overcome the disruptions at the start of Key Stage 4 to triumph in the recent examination series. I couldn’t be prouder!” 

Top performers at Haverstock School included James Farmer, who got eight grade 9s and two 8s and is joining Haverstock’s Sixth Form to study maths, physics and computer science, and Mirielle Mendel, who got seven grade 9s and two 8s, and is joining Haverstock’s Sixth Form to study English literature, history and French. 

At Parliament Hill School, 55% of grades were at 9 to 7, compared with 26% of exam entries nationally. Among the high achievers were Parliament Hill GCSE students Eden Bailey-Davies, who achieved six grade 9s and four 8s, and Maggie Ketteridge, who got eight grade 9s and two grade 8s. Eden said: “I feel like I should never have doubted myself because I knew deep down all the hard work would have paid off and it did.” 

Among the top GCSE students at William Ellis School were Xander Russell, who achieved three top grade 9s and 6 grade 8s; Luis Lemos-Mutua, who got five grade 9s, two 8s and two 7s and Sabbier Yousuf who gained five grade 9s, including further maths GCSE, and four 8s. 

Izzy Jones, Headteacher of William Ellis School, said: “We would like to commend the students for their maturity, resilience, and persistence through two and a half years of disruption. This can be seen in their individual stories of achievement and progress. I would especially like to thank our staff and the students’ families for providing consistent support and guidance to them. For the whole community, it has been a real team effort.” 

At La Sainte Union Catholic Secondary School, Niamh Tarrant achieved straight 9s in all her GCSEs. Niamh has enrolled to study chemistry, maths and physics A-levels at LaSWAP Sixth Form, which is a consortium of four schools including La Sainte Union, with a view to applying for chemical or nuclear engineering at university. 

Acland Burghley School also had some impressive performances in GCSEs, including from Oscar Kriwaczek, who achieved nine straight grade 9s, as well as Luka Cutler and Sean Dodgson, who each got eight grade 9s and an 8. 

At Hampstead School, Subhan Hussain achieved 11 GCSEs, including eight grade 9s and two 8s, while Frankie O’Sullivan got 11 GCSEs, including seven grade 9s and four 8s.

At UCL Academy, James Galloway was rewarded for his hard work with five grade 9s in his GCSEs, including in Mandarin Chinese, and five 8s, while Viola Muhaxheri achieved five grade 9s, four 8s and one 7. 

At Maria Fidelis Catholic School, particular congratulations went to Nafisah Amran, who achieved eight grade 9s and one grade 8 in her GCSEs, and Mehreen Hussain, who achieved five grade 9s, three 8s and a grade 7 in her GCSEs and intends to continue studying at Maria Fidelis for her A-levels. 

Meanwhile, at Camden School for Girls an impressive 59% of the school's GCSE grades were at 9 to 7 and 95% at grades 9 to 4.