Hackney GCSE students ‘wipe the floor’ with better-than-expected results

There was joy, tears, hugs and fist pumps as Hackney students collected their GCSE and Level 2 BTec results on Thursday 24 August.

Despite grades falling across England, Hackney’s provisional results show that falls against last year’s results were less than those seen nationally – with some excellent results across its schools.

The average pass rate across England was 67.8 per cent, down from 69.9% in 2019. 

Students at The Urswick School, E9, celebrated their best ever GCSE results. Pupil Esther Summers said: “I’ve got six 9s and two 8s – I’m feeling good! The teachers have been such an amazing support to me. I couldn’t have done it without them as I was really unwell in Year 10 – but it all worked out alright.”

Zilan Tas, from the Petchey Academy, E8, said: “I just got my results today and I’m extremely happy. Considering that less than a year ago I wanted to drop out I’m so proud of myself for how far I’ve come. I can’t even explain how happy I am right now. I’m going to do an apprenticeship in business accountancy and finance and get into bank management. In five years’ time I see myself working in a multimillion-pound business.”

Deputy Mayor Cllr Anntoinette Bramble visited Clapton Girls’ Academy, E5, and Mossbourne Community Academy, E5, on the day – where she was joined by Dawn Carter-McDonald, the Council's interim Chief Executive.


Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor of Hackney

I am delighted to be here today to join the students in collecting their GCSE results. Congratulations to everyone – including students, teachers and pastoral staff, – for their hard work, and to parents and carers for their support shown this year.

We are proud of all of our young people here in Hackney and I know how hard you had to work, especially through the pandemic.

We wish all of our students the best of luck in future – in particular those who are staying on to study here in Hackney, where the post-16 offer is incredibly strong. Congratulations again and good luck for your next steps.

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor of Hackney

Students at Mossbourne Community Academy also did better than last year. Principal Rebecca Warren said: “The students have absolutely wowed me! I didn’t tell them, but I was incredibly nervous, but they have wiped the floor! We’ve done better than we did last year.”

Student Omatola Animashaun said: “I got mostly 5s and I got a 7s in English Literature and I got passes in all of my Btechs. I feel very good about my results.”

Fellow pupil, Alexander Chapman added: “I got straight 9s, except for two 8s, which I’m happy with. I’m going to enrol in this sixth form and carry on!”

Charlotte Hamilton, who attends Clapton Girls’ Academy, is autistic and dyspraxic. She said: “I sat five GCSEs and I got a 5, a 7 and three 8s. I am overwhelmed – I did that on a twelve per cent school attendance. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the support provided by the staff at school.”

For more information on post-16 education in Hackney, including schools, colleges and sixth forms, visit: https://education.hackney.gov.uk/content/find-sixth-form-or-college

Summer Careers Festival

Have you received your exam results? Would you like some support with planning your next steps?

Then get some free expert careers advice and guidance on Friday 25 August, at Hackney’s Summer Careers Festival, from 12pm to 3pm at Forest Road Youth Hub, E8 3BY.