Spirit of Hackney students championed on GCSE results day


The resilience of students in Hackney has been lauded on GCSE results day after the class of 2021 produced another stellar set of results. 

The Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble and Director of Education, Annie Gammon visited schools across the borough to congratulate students on their efforts.

Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education, Young People and Children's Social Care
It was so special to witness students across the borough being reunited with their friends and teachers at school to collect their GCSE results. 

There is an extraordinary spirit here in Hackney, which has been exemplified by our students flourishing in their studies despite unprecedented circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Our GCSE students are a credit to Hackney. I also want to thank the incredible teachers, support staff and families who have supported our young people to be the best that they can be. I want to wish all of the students collecting their results today the very best in their next steps in education or training.
Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education, Young People and Children's Social Care

Director of Education, Annie Gammon said: “I’m incredibly proud of each and every one of our GCSE students today. Staff and students have worked so hard during challenging circumstances to produce an excellent set of results across the borough, which are once again above the national average.

“Schools are continuing to provide support and advice about careers, training and further education, and students should contact their school if they have questions about their results or their future plans.”

Our Lady’s Catholic High School student Bobola Agboola, 16, achieved five 9s, three 8s, one 7 and a 6. She is going to study medicine at Woodhouse College. Bobola said: “I’m so pleased with my results. We were hardly able to come to school for several months, but fortunately the online learning available to us was excellent. My teachers helped a lot, especially in subjects like maths and history. I’m going to Nando’s with my friends now to celebrate!”

Nathaniel Dowding, 16, was a star performer at Skinners’ Academy after achieving seven 9s and three 8s. “I’m quite shocked and amazed,” he said. “It’s been a difficult year as we've had to work more independently. But we had a lot of help from our teachers. I'll be going on to study maths, chemistry and physics.”

Young Hackney will be hosting a Summer Careers Festival for over 16-year-olds on Friday 13 August, 12-3pm at Hackney Town Hall (E8 1EA).

Face-to-face support will be offered where you can speak to professional careers advisers from Prospects and access free expert advice about next steps and options available to you. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact kane.sewell@hackney.gov.uk.