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The results are in, topping the national average!

Over 2,000 Waltham Forest students collected their A-Level and BTEC results today (Thursday 14 August), marking the end of an agonising wait and the start of well-deserved celebrations.

As provisional results show that 99 per cent of local students achieved a pass in their A-levels this year - while the national average has dropped to 98 per cent - education in Waltham Forest is going from strength to strength, with more and more students gaining places at top universities.

Keano Robinson is one such student, who after achieving an A* and three As in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, will study Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University next year. “I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s like to live away from home,” he said. And while he’s undecided about whether to choose petroleum or pharmaceuticals as a career path, the 19 year old who came to the UK from Jamaica two years ago, has plenty of time to decide. Before he enrols in 2015, he’ll spend a year working for global auditing firm KPMG – a placement set up by his college.

Courtaney Weekes is going to be joined by her friend Suad Kamardeen in going to Birmingham University – although the girls are taking different career directions. While Courtaney will study Psychology, after gaining three A-grades, Suad will study Chemical Engineering to kick-start her ambitions of one day working for a petroleum company in Dubai. She achieved an A*and two A-grades in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry.

Zuryaab Syed, who has secured a place studying law at Queen Mary University, has high hopes to qualify as a solicitor after achieving three A-grades in his A-levels. He said: “I called my mum to tell her my results and she started shouting and jumping around – I think we’re all going to have a party tonight!”

Stephanie Akomiah, who achieved two As and a B, is already in the third week of an apprenticeship scheme working in Ed Miliband MP’s office which will give her an NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration. She’ll complete the one-year scheme while on a gap year before reading Social Policy at LSE.

Cllr Mark Rusling, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Education across the board in Waltham Forest is improving and that shows not just in the grades but in the ambitions of our students.

“The range of A-level and BTEC subjects on offer means that our students have choice, so whether they want to do medicine, become a choreographer or work with professional athletes, they have the opportunities to pursue their dreams.

“Congratulations to all our students, school staff and parents – the hard work has paid off!”

Waltham Forest has three colleges and five school sixth forms, with all five sixth forms rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Confirmed national A-level results will be released by the Department for Education in January 2015.


Notes to editors:

  • Waltham Forest has five schools with sixth forms:

Chingford Foundation School:

Heathcote and Science College:

Highams Park School:

Holy Family:

Walthamstow Academy:

  • Waltham Forest has three colleges:

Leyton Sixth Form College:

Sir George Monoux College:

Waltham Forest College:


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