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GCSE joy sweeps across Westminster

Celebrations at outstanding-rated St Augustine’s School

24 August, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Paddington Academy pupils 

TEENAGERS across Westminster are celebrating GCSE joy after a bumper haul of new grade 9s.

The outstanding-rated St Augustine’s School was singled out for praise by the council after many  pupils overcame the odds to scoop top-level grade 9s.

One of the star pupils was Anfal Elshaikh – who got two grade 9s, in biology and maths, as well as six grade 8s – and an A in psychology.

Nancy Salem got four grade 9s – in history, English literature, English and religious studies – as well as a grade 8 in biology.

St Augustine’s, South Kilburn, which has a high percentage of pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds, has itself got top marks with a recent Ofsted report rating it “outstanding”.

Anfal Elshaikh with Cllr Harvey

Council education chief Cllr David Harvey said: “Whatever your background, Westminster is one of the best places to go to school, and success stories like Anfal and Nancy prove that our pupils, like our schools, are truly world class.”

At Westminster Academy, there were smiles and relief from top-performing students including Irakli Antidze who got five grade 9s, four grade 8s, one A* and one A.

He said: “At first I got a feeling of dread that my grades wouldn’t be as good as I expected. Then when I opened them I got really excited.”

Aya with Westminster Kingsway principal

At Paddington Academy, there were big increases in the number of students studying and achieving in history, where 63 per cent of the whole year group took the subject. Principal Katie Gillam said she was proud of the pupils who “are studying an increasingly challenging curriculum”.

And student Shihab Ahmed gained seven grade 9s, two grade 8s, an A* and an A.

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