Class of 2022 celebrate A-level results

The first Camden students to sit exams since the pandemic have been celebrating their A-level results, with the overall borough figure above the 2019 results - the last time students sat exams, rather than having grades assessed by their teachers. 

The borough’s overall provisional A-level results show that the average point score per entry in Camden was 36.5 this year, compared with 32.9 in 2019. Ninety-eight per cent of Camden A-level exam entries in 2022 were awarded a pass at grades A* to E, which was the same as the national percentage pass rate this year. 

Eighty-five per cent of Camden students achieved at least three or more passes at A* to E in 2022, while 96% of Camden students passed at least two A-levels at grades A* to E. 

Councillor Sabrina Francis, Cabinet Member for Young People and Culture, who was at LaSWAP Sixth Form to join the celebrations with students and staff yesterday (Thursday), said: “A massive well done to students in Camden who received their A-Level results and other qualifications today. After what has been a challenging couple of years for schools, students should be so proud of the resilience and commitment they’ve shown to achieve such amazing results – you’ve all made Camden proud today. I wish students well for the future - and remember, there are so many fantastic opportunities available for young people in Camden if you aren’t sure on next steps – from a range of apprenticeships, work experience programmes and further and higher education opportunities.” 

Councillor Marcus Boyland, Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families, said: “Congratulations to students who received their A-level results, BTEC and other vocational qualifications today. It’s been a challenging period for students, teachers and school staff - this is a fantastic achievement and I wish you all well in your future endeavours. We’re so proud of the brilliant education settings we have here in Camden. Our teachers are central to this, and I’d like to thank them for everything they do to support students, whose hard work has helped to make such positive results possible.” 

While the Class of 2022 have all suffered severe disruption to their education caused by the pandemic, few have faced the challenges that Ajmal Noormal, 19, of Acland Burghley School and LaSWAP Sixth Form, has overcome. Ajmal arrived in the UK from Afghanistan just over two years ago with poor English, and is now off to the University of Essex, on a full scholarship, to study biomedical science. He gained distinctions in his two vocational qualifications, which were a BTEC in applied science and an extended certificate in applied business, as well as gaining a maths A-level. 

Jack Hale, also of LaSWAP and Acland Burghley School, will be studying criminology at Manchester University this September after receiving a brilliant three As in history, media, and English literature A-levels. 

Among the other individual successes at LaSWAP Sixth Form, which is a consortium of four Camden secondary schools, was LaSWAP and William Ellis School student El Ducluzeau, 17, who achieved As in physics, maths and computer science A-levels, as well as a B in chemistry, and is off to King’s College London to study physics with astrophysics and cosmology. El said: “I thought I would flop maths and chemistry but I studied really hard for a few months and it worked.”

Daniel Arkell, also of William Ellis School and LaSWAP, gained an A* and two As in his A-levels and has a place at Oxford University to study philosophy, politics and economics. 

Among the high performers at Parliament Hill School and LaSWAP was Jackson Perez, who got an A* in film studies, two As in classics and English Literature and a B in her drama A-level. She will be completing a one-year internship at an animation company before studying film and drama at Exeter University. 

Amber Smith, also of Parliament Hill School and LaSWAP, achieved an A* in product design, an A in maths and an A in physics. She’ll be studying product design engineering at Loughborough University. 

Parliament Hill and LaSWAP student Elske Tierney gained two A*s in English literature and religious education A-levels and an A in textiles and will be studying an arts foundation course at Central Saint Martins. 

La Sainte Union and LaSWAP student Kezia Adewale, gained an A in drama, and two Bs in politics and history and will be going to Queen Mary University of London to read international relations. 

Amy Gasana, also of La Sainte Union and LaSWAP, achieved four A*s – in chemistry, biology, maths and her extended project qualification (EPQ) and will be reading biochemistry at University College London (UCL). 

Top performers at Haverstock School included Levon Davtyan, who achieved four A*s and is going to UCL to study computer science; Shania Leurs, who achieved two A*s and a B and is going to Birmingham University to study politics and Olt Hyseni, who achieved three As and is going to Nottingham University to study computer science. 

James Hadley, Executive Headteacher at Haverstock, said: “Our Year 13 students have had to overcome more challenges than any year group in living memory. This makes their achievements nothing short of extraordinary. Congratulations to them all!”

At Regent High School, Aniqa Rahman achieved an A* and two A grades in her A-levels and will be studying history at UCL. 

Other top performers at Regent High School included Asha Ahmed, who gained an A* and two As in her A-levels and will be going to Imperial College London to study biomedical engineering, and Mohammed Imad Khan, who achieved A*, A and B grades in his A-levels, as well as an A in AS level further maths, and will be studying maths and economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 

At Hampstead School, Glenis Hajrullahu achieved four A*s in his A-levels and is very excited to be going on to study medicine at King’s College, London. 

Also at Hampstead School, Finlay Sleeman gained three A*s in his A-levels, as well as an A* in his extended project qualification (EPQ) on the impact of the Sino-Japanese war. He will be studying economic history at LSE in September. Fellow Hampstead student Yuxin Chen achieved an A* and two As in her A-levels and is looking forward to studying maths at UCL next year. 

Among the high achievers at UCL Academy were Nayeeb Choudhury, who got straight A*s in his four A-levels and is looking forward to taking up his place at LSE to study economics and Nora Salam, who achieved an A* and two As in her A-levels and has secured her place at the University of Edinburgh to study history. 

Successsful A-level students at Maria Fidelis Catholic School are looking forward to taking up places at top universities and art colleges. Mikaella Loppnow achieved two A*s and two As in her A-levels and will be going on to study computer science at the University of York; Daniel Santangelo got two A*s and a B in his A-levels and he will be going on to study art at Central Saint Martins, while Kayla Pascal received an A* and two Bs in his A-levels and will be going to Warwick University to study psychology with education.

Helen Gill, Headteacher at Maria Fidelis Catholic School, said: “I am immensely proud of all the students, who have worked so hard in what have been very challenging times. I would also like to acknowledge and thank all the staff at Maria Fidelis, whose dedication and support helped our students achieve what they have.”

Meanwhile, Camden School for Girls A-level students were celebrating another set of impressive results, with an 82% A* to B pass rate.