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A-level results revealed

Hundreds of Waltham Forest’s college and sixth form students were all smiles yesterday (18 August) after picking up an impressive set of A-level results.

Across the borough, provisional results revealed 98 per cent of grades were A* to E, with the average A-level grade increasing at the majority of colleges and sixth forms.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “A huge well done to all of the borough’s hard-working students, we wish them the very best of luck for their future plans.

“Congratulations must also go to Waltham Forest’s dedicated teachers and school staff, who like us are committed to doing all they can to help young people reach their full potential.”

Holy Family Catholic School & Sixth Form, in Shernhall Street, Walthamstow, was celebrating its best ever results, with the percentage of A* to B grades reaching 50 per cent – and 99 per cent of all grades in the A* to E bracket.

Student Daniel Nieuwerf will be reading Maths at the University of Oxford after gaining A*,A*,A*,B and C in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Additional Further Maths and History respectively. Meanwhile, the University of Cambridge will be welcoming Theo Lillington through the doors of Claire College, after the high-achiever picked up A, A, A in English Literature, History and Psychology on his way to read English at university.

Holy Family Headteacher Dr Andy Stone said: “Students and staff have worked phenomenally hard over the last two years and these results reflect the high level of commitment to study that we strongly encourage at Holy Family. We are extremely proud of all their efforts especially as we are a fully comprehensive sixth form, and nearly 90 per cent of our students will be accepting places at university. We wish all students who are leaving us the best for their future careers.”

For the second year running, the A-level pass rate at Leyton Sixth Form, in Essex Road, exceeded 99.5 per cent. And all 358 vocational students who completed an extended diploma were successful – just under half of them achieving straight distinctions or starred distinctions (the highest grades possible).

Leyton Sixth Form Principal Kevin Watson said: “LSC clearly has its fair share of Mo Farahs, Laura Trotts and Usain Bolts” he said. “As with those star athletes our students are reaping the rewards both of their own hard work and of some expert coaching and support.”

Students and staff at Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College, in Chingford Road, Walthamstow, were also celebrating as the number of A* to A grades increased by almost a third.

David Ball, Interim Principal of Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College, said: “Congratulations to our staff and students. We are pleased that our exam results show a fantastic improvement and many subjects have 100% pass rates.”

At Waltham Forest College, in Forest Road, Walthamstow, staff honoured the outstanding results of their BTEC Level 3 students, who achieved Double and Triple Star Distinctions.

Information Technology student, Sondas Riaz was overwhelmed after achieving a Triple Star Distinction, saying: “I didn’t know anything when I started this subject but the knowledge and skills that I have learned through this course have prepared me for my next step to Uni.” Excited about her bright future, Sondas will complete her studies in Computer Science at Middlesex University and aims to become a Professional Programmer.

“Learning should also be fun. It’s amazing how much you remember when it is fun,” said Lukas Pasninas, who achieved Double Star Distinction in Public Services. Lukas is one of many students continuing his journey at Waltham Forest College, joining an Access to Higher Education course this September.

Waltham Forest College Principal, Penny Wycherley, said: “It is always so fantastic for our staff being involved with such enthusiastic students. These students have great futures with many going on to universities in London and others directly to employment.”

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