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Schools in Ealing borough have seen some exceptional performances by their students in A Level and BTEC exams despite a high level of disruption to their education over the last three years.

Results at Greenford High School surpassed the level of 2019, which were the last set of public exams undertaken, with a quarter of A Level grades at A*-A and half of all A Level grades at A*-B. In BTEC subjects, 83% of Greenford students achieved Distinction+.

Many of the school’s students will be heading off to prestigious universities, with a number winning Oxbridge places, and many at Russell Group universities. Lilia Khan (Oxford) and Kathryn Welhenage (Cambridge) have both had their offers confirmed. Riya Bhasin, has received a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Claremont McKenna College in the USA.

Students (left-right): Nik Bin Nik Mohd Radzi, Thesia Gonsalves, Tanraj Sehra, Gajanan Ravindran, Jasraj Singh MadanStudents (left-right): Nik Bin Nik Mohd Radzi, Thesia Gonsalves, Tanraj Sehra, Gajanan Ravindran, Jasraj Singh Madan

Headteacher Mia Pye said, “We are immensely proud of each and every student for all of their hard work and focus throughout their two years of study at Post 16.

“Students sitting their examinations in 2022 have faced some of the most difficult challenges in the history of education. Once again, however, our students have shown that hard work and resilience reaps exceptional results. Huge congratulations to all of our students and our expert teaching and pastoral staff who have worked so tirelessly to ensure the very best outcomes for our students.”

At A Level, 35 students achieved all A*s and A grades. 59 students achieved at least 2 A grades, 46 students achieved at least 1 A* and 99 students achieved at least 1 A grade. Notable achievements include Mahdi Bahroloom and Kathryn Welhenage who both gained A*, A*, A*, A, along with Thesia Gonsalves and Jasraj Singh Madan who both obtained 3 A*s. Nadia Abdurahman, Sharandip Aujla, Nik Bin Nik Mohd Radzi, Dominic Gondwe, Rubab Sagher, Lisani Sivarooban and Riya Bhasin all obtained 2 A*s and an A.

Mirella Wlodarczyk gained D*, D* at BTEC and an A at A Level, and Gamid Aliev achieved a D* at BTEC and 2 A Levels at Grade A. For those taking a purely BTEC route, outstanding results were obtained by Fatma Ahmed, Amanpreet Dhillon, Naven Jon Gutierrez, Kevin Haddad, Menuja Jeyaseelan, Suhani Kapoor, Jasmeen Kaur, Ashleen Nangpal, Namneet Soor and Hariti Vaid who all achieved D*, D*, D*. Stephanie Adu-Twumwaa, Arundeep Bharadwaj, Alicia Dixon, Aju Gaba, Gurnam Hakim, Madina Qurbani and Amraj Soor all achieved D*, D*, D.

At St Benedict’s School 61.3% of all the exams taken have been graded A*/A. This is the highest proportion of top grades ever achieved at the school in a year when examinations were taken.

Nine students have achieved straight A* grades in at least 3 subjects, including James Hunter (Biology, Chemistry, French and Latin), Angelica Lawson (History, Latin and Physics), Richard Mercer (Economics, Geography and History) and Niall Wynne (Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics) - all of whom are taking up places at Oxford University. A further 24 students achieved straight A*/A in all subjects.

All five of the candidates with conditional offers from Oxford University have had their places confirmed and the majority of St Benedict’s students will now be heading off to a top 30 UK university, many to their first-choice institution.

Headmaster, Andrew Johnson, said, “It has been another really challenging year for examination candidates. I am hugely proud that St Benedict’s A Level students have worked so hard and have achieved such outstanding results across the whole range of subjects. They could not have achieved all this without the dedicated and excellent support of their teachers. These results continue the very strong upward trend in public exam results at St Benedict’s, and they are the best ever achieved in a year when examinations were taken under normal conditions.”

Results were strong across all subjects and were particularly impressive this year in History (87.5% A*/A), Art and Design (85.7% A*/A), English, Further Maths and Drama (all 83.3% A*/A).

Ealing Independent College (EIC) managed some of its best ever results with 44% of the cohort gaining ABB or better, with well over half of all grades being B or above. Naoya achieved an outstanding set of results - A*AA in Mathematics, Economics and Computer Science. Now returning to his native Japan, he will be taking a university course in Politics and Economics there. Lara, a student who enrolled at EIC in Y9 and has excelled at the College all the way to Y13 and her long-standing ambitions of becoming a doctor remain very much on track. Taiyo showed his potential by A*ABB - in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Psychology. He moves on to study Physics at a Russell Group university.

At St Augustine's Priory a quarter of the marks given to girls at A Level were A* and 57% A/A* with 41% of the cohort receiving all A/A* and everyone taking History, Geography, Sociology and Art doing so.

Mrs Sarah Raffray, Headteacher said, ‘’We say that our girls will change the world. This cohort of A Level students is ready to do just that following their excellent A Level results received today”.

Of particular note are pupils like Melissa who achieved an A* in all three of her A Levels, plus an A* in her EPQ, Isabella who also achieved three A*s and an A in her EPQ, Tierney, who achieved A*, A and A, and Sofia, Siya, Mia and Anna who also achieved A*, A and A.

A Level students at Notting Hill & Ealing High School received an excellent set of results, with 49% of entries at A* and 80% of entries graded A* or A.

Looking ahead to next year girls from the school are going on to study a rich variety of subjects. These include Computer Science at Caltech and the University of Cambridge, Medicine at Imperial College and the University of Cambridge, as well as Law, Psychology, Music and Dance. 90% of the cohort
achieved their university offers.

There were standout performances in a number of subject areas. All students of Music, Latin, Greek and Fine Art were awarded A* grades, alongside 80% of students studying Design Technology and Further Mathematics.

Commenting on this year’s outcomes, Matthew Shoults, Headmaster at NHEHS said, “I am absolutely delighted for our students, for such excellent results. They’ve shown such tenacity and energy in the last two years; despite the restrictions of the Covid period, their teachers have inspired them and supported them to secure such outstanding grades. What’s also extremely pleasing is the great range of choices our students are making;. I wish them every success with their next steps and I applaud their hard work, enthusiasm and ambition”.

Head Girl, Li An, who will be heading to the University of Oxford to read Classics said “a huge thank you to all of our amazing teachers. I’m so happy and proud of everyone in our year. Will miss you all so much!”

Dulcie Johnson was awarded 3 As in English Literature, Drama and History of Art and will be going to read Drama at Bristol University. Isabel Hepburne-Scott was awarded an A* in Art, an A in history and B in English Literature and will be taking a gap year before going to read English at university next year.

Students at Notting Hill and Ealing High School celebrate A Level success
Students at Notting Hill and Ealing High School celebrate A Level success

Villiers High School sixth form students achieved the strongest outcome ever for their school. A record-breaking number of students attained A*-B grades at A level and Distinction*-Distinction grades for vocational courses.

Aruna Sharma, Headteacher said, “We are tremendously proud of our students’ achievements. They have shown great resilience through an unbelievably challenging period and approached their examinations with drive, determination and optimism. We wish them the very best for the next stage in their education whether it be at a university or apprenticeship. Our staff have worked extremely well to ensure the school has achieved these record-breaking outcomes.”

Villiers students with Councillor Peter Mason, Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal and Headteacher Aruna Sharma Villiers students with Councillor Peter Mason, Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal and Headteacher Aruna Sharma

Amongst the highest achievers was Karanpreet Singh, who will be studying economics and management at The University of Oxford. Nebyl Yousif and Jackson Rodrigues also gained straight A* grades in mathematics, chemistry and physics and will both be studying at Imperial College London.

Jackson stated, “I am very happy with the results and appreciative of the excellent support from my teachers throughout my time in the sixth form.”

With the equivalent of four A* grades, Jashandeep Singh is looking forward to studying computer science at Queen Mary University. Jashandeep was “ecstatic” with his results and is excited for the next stage in his education. Ratchana Pirasoody was “delighted” with her grades and will be studying history at University College London.

In the previous examined cohort in 2019, Villiers High School sixth form was ranked as the highest achieving sixth form in Ealing and placed in the top 1% of all sixth forms nationally. This year’s cohort have attained even better grades than their predecessors and this record-breaking outcome is projected to be amongst the highest in the country once again when national rankings are published in the spring.

Overall top grades for A-level results for England, Wales and Northern Ireland have fallen since last year – with 36.4% of all grades marked at A* or A. This is still higher than 2019 – the last time results were based on students taking exams.

In 2020 and 2021 grades were higher but these were passed on teacher assessment.


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August 24, 2022

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