Camden students celebrate A-level and vocational results day

Year 13 students across the borough were celebrating their A-level results and vocational qualifications yesterday, with 97 per cent of Camden A-level exam entries awarded grades A* to E, which is in line with the national average. 

Meanwhile, Camden’s overall provisional A-level results show that the average point score per entry in 2023 was 33 – the same as the last pre-pandemic figure in 2019. Provisional results for vocational qualifications also remained the same as in 2019, at 28 points per entry. 

Despite the return to pre-pandemic grading nationally, Camden students rose to the challenge with an impressive set of results. 

Cabinet Member for Young People and Culture, Councillor Sabrina Francis joined in the celebrations yesterday (Thursday 17 August) alongside students, teachers and staff at LaSWAP Sixth Form. 

Councillor Sabrina Francis, Cabinet Member for Young People and Culture

Congratulations to all students who received their A-level results and other qualifications. It was fantastic to be able to celebrate these wonderful results alongside students and staff at LaSWAP and hear about students’ future plans and goals.

Good luck to all students in the future - and remember, we have so many fantastic opportunities available for young people in the borough if you aren’t sure of what to do next – from apprenticeships and work experience programmes to further and higher education opportunities, we are here to support you.

Councillor Sabrina Francis, Cabinet Member for Young People and Culture
Councillor Marcus Boyland, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families

Well done to all the Camden young people receiving their A-level, BTEC and other vocational qualifications today. Local students have once again risen to the challenges they faced, achieving an impressive set of results. We’re proud of the excellent schools we have here in Camden.

I’d like to thank all of our teachers and school staff who have worked tirelessly over the last two years to support their students and make these results possible – everyone should be incredibly proud of what you’ve been able to achieve.

Councillor Marcus Boyland, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families

Among the high achieving students this year was Nathan Crawford, a care experienced student at William Ellis School and LaSWAP Sixth Form. Despite losing a family member during his studies, Nathan worked hard to gain three As in politics, history and economics A-levels and has a place to study law at the University of Bristol. Nathan said: “During A-levels, I suffered with a lot of anxiety and although I was struggling, I really threw myself into work. I also had really great teachers who helped me through, and without a question did everything to support me.” 

Fellow William Ellis and LaSWAP student Elya Ghasempour, 18, also achieved some impressive results despite arriving in the UK from Iran with little English in 2017. Elya gained a B in his A-level in music technology and a C in his physics A-level, as well as a B at AS level in maths studies and an extended project qualification in the relationship between music and language. He has applied through clearing to study music production at the University of Westminster, although he has a confirmed university offer outside London as a back-up. 

Izzy Jones, Headteacher of William Ellis School, said: “Congratulations to all the students for the amazing resilience and strength of character they have shown over the last four years.” 

Among the other individual successes at LaSWAP Sixth Form, which is a consortium of four Camden secondary schools, was LaSWAP and Parliament Hill School student Dea Bolani, 18, who achieved an A* in sociology and two As in English literature and history. Dea will be going to King’s College London in September to study history and international relations. Dea said: “I need someone to pinch me! I feel really happy and shocked.” 

Eliza Clapcott, 18, of Acland Burghley School and LaSWAP Sixth Form, gained two A*s in chemistry and biology and an A in Spanish. She’ll be studying medicine at the University of Liverpool. 

Nicholas John, Headteacher of Acland Burghley School, said: “I’m incredibly proud of what all the students have achieved. They have had the most extraordinary school experience since March 2020 and I think they are now enormously well prepared for their university journeys.” 

Moreniké Odetoyinbo, 18, of La Sainte Union and LaSWAP, gained an A* in geography, A in classics and B in politics and is off to the University of Bristol to study politics and international relations. She hopes to work in international development and is taking a gap year to travel to South America. Fellow La Sainte Union and LaSWAP student Lydia Sutton, 18, gained two As and two Bs in her A-levels and is off to the University of Birmingham to study arts and natural sciences. 

Among the vocational qualification successes was Judith Boley, 18, of La Sainte Union and LaSWAP, who gained distinctions in her health and social care extended diploma and is off to the University of Nottingham to study midwifery. 

Haverstock School’s top performer Shayan Hussain achieved an amazing three A*s and an A in his A-levels and now has a place at University College London to study physics. And fellow Haverstock student Samiyah Aktar is delighted to have a place at King's College London to study psychology having achieved two A*s and a B in her A-levels. 

At Hampstead School, Fatima Abass achieved two A*s and two As in her A-levels. She is very excited to be studying medicine at Imperial College London in the autumn. 

At Camden School for Girls, an impressive 50 per cent of A-level grades awarded to students were at A* to A, which was above the school’s 2019 figure and well above the national average. An incredible 24 Camden School for Girls students have offers of places at either Oxford or Cambridge universities. 

Kateryna Law, Headteacher of Camden School for Girls, said: “I would like to wholeheartedly thank all the staff for tirelessly supporting the students to achieve the best possible outcomes, never giving up on a single individual.” 

Regent High School student Rabab Kasim gained an A*, A and B grades in her A-levels and has a place at King’s College London to study history and international relations. Fellow Regent High School A-level student Mohammed Mahin Ahmed achieved an A and two Bs and will be joining SOAS, University of London to study economics. 

Cathryn Israel, Assistant Headteacher and Head of Sixth Form at Regent High School, said: “Our students have shown tremendous resilience and determination, and we are immensely proud of each student's progress and their achievements.” 

At UCL Academy, Rahim Abdul gained two A*s and an A and is looking forward to studying economics at the University of Warwick. Fellow UCLA student Maria Cabral de Mouram is off to the University of the Arts London to study graphic and media design after gaining an A*, two As and a B in her A-levels. 

  • For advice on next steps and wellbeing support, students can visit Camden Rise website
  • You can see more photos from Camden's 2023 A-level and vocational results here.