Newham outperforms England average with higher A Level grades

17 August 2017 in Education
​Celebrations are today taking place across Newham after young people at the borough’s schools and colleges received their A-level results.
​Over 1,300 young people sat A-level exams in the borough this summer, an increase of more than 100 students on the previous year. 

Provisional figures suggest that the borough’s results show an increase in the number of students obtaining the top A*- A grades, which are up two per cent compared to last year. The borough average for these grades is 28 per cent compared to the England average of just over 26 per cent.

Sir Robin Wales Mayor of Newham and Councillor Rev Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people joined students at St Angela’s Ursuline Sixth Form Centre as they collected their results.
Councillor Peppiatt said: “Last year, for the first time, Newham overtook the national average at A-level for the top A*- A grades, and this trend has continued in 2017. Our students have achieved some very impressive results despite significant reforms to A-level qualifications.

“Three of our A-level providers are amongst the best in the country and achieved  more than double the England average for A*-A.

“These results are truly outstanding and are a testament to our schools, colleges and young people. This proves they can compete with the best from other boroughs, with the right support and encouragement.

“It’s great to be here at St Angela’s who we know are offering their students both the skills and experience that position them well for what path they  choose next.”

As well as meeting students, they toured the school and the new sixth form building, which the council helped to fund. The building is a quiet study area away from the main school building, with plenty of desks and computers for students to use as well as office space for teachers.

Some of the successes from St Angela’s Ursuline Sixth Form Centre include Tyler Opoku, 18, from Canning Town, he was awarded an A* in history, A in economics and B in maths. He said: “I didn’t expect the A* in history, with maths I did do some resits of the year 12 modules. I think the new system has made it harder than other years, it’s more like you’re cramming everything in.” He is going on to study accounting and finance at Surrey University.

Head girl Dionne Craig, 18, from Walthamstow, is going to Southampton to study maths after achieving three As in maths, economics and English and a B in further maths. She said: “I came to this sixth form because of the amazing support, I never felt overwhelmed. I struggled a bit more than I thought I would, but the support the teachers gave meant that I was not under prepared.”

Head teacher Mark Johnson added: “Our year 12 results have improved by about 10 per cent thanks to this building, which was finished by the start of the spring term. We had been in the Building Schools for the Future plans but right at the end so we missed out when it was pulled by government. But Sir Robin and Newham Council did not forget about us, it’s great to have this building and it has really helped our students.

“Forty per cent of our sixth formers come from other secondaries, there’s a mix of all faiths, races and sexes so the students get to experience what life is like in the real world of work.”