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Joy for pupils celebrating GCSE successes

Students at Islington schools are readying themselves for the future after shining brightly in their GCSE exams.
Many achieved the necessary grades to carry on their studies to A level at one of Islington’s sixth-forms.
Overall this year 57 per cent of pupils achieved the benchmark of five or more A*-C grades including English and maths.
Digging down into the figures, the proportion of pupils achieving at least two good grades in science subjects has risen five percentage points on last year to 55 per cent.
There was another strong performance from pupils achieving the EBacc qualification, which remained steady at 26 per cent.
Among the success stories was Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School pupil Sabrina Ahmed, who is weighing up whether a career in medicine or finance suits best after achieving four A*s and nine A grades.
She said her mum was “ecstatic” to hear her results, adding: “Being a doctor or working in the City sounds good. Right now I’m leaning towards medicine.”
Jyothi Dev achieved four A*s and six A grades at the same school. The 16-year-old, who wants to investigate crime as a forensic scientist, is heading to Woodhouse College to study biology, chemistry, psychology and maths A levels.
At City of London Academy Islington, Michael Adeboyega, 16, from Islington, will take chemistry, biology, physics and maths at A level after getting an A*, seven As and two Bs at GCSE. “I will probably go to university and study chemical engineering or some form of neuroscience,” he said.
Esra Irdem will stay on at the school to study maths, history, physics and psychology A levels after achieving a string of great grades including an A in maths.
“I’m really happy,” said the 16-year-old from Holloway. “I’m definitely coming to this sixth form because I believe I will be supported here. I feel safe here and comfortable with the teachers.”
Aspiring barrister Berin Karaaslan, 16, who lives near Old Street, was also celebrating a crop of strong results including an A in English literature.
“I think I have done what I need to go on to A level,” she said. “I was in the library every single day; hard work does pay off. I want to become a solicitor first and hopefully I can go on and become a barrister.”
She added: “I believe I will be most successful here with the teachers’ support. This feels like my second home.”
Today Mayor of Islington Cllr Richard Greening, council leader Cllr Richard Watts and executive member for children and families Cllr Joe Caluori got a flavour of the hard work put in by students and staff on a visit to Elizabeth Garrett Anderson school and City of London Academy Islington.
Cllr Richard Greening, Mayor of Islington, said: “The buzz and excitement at the schools was palpable, and it was a privilege to speak to some of the pupils who have done themselves proud today. Congratulations to every one of them.”
Cllr Caluori said: “Behind the headline results are some fantastic individual performances, some of which I have been hearing about first-hand today.
“I am proud of each and every one of the students, who took their future in their hands and gave it their very best shot.
“Their individual successes are testament to the quality of teaching and support at our schools, which have all been rated either good or outstanding by Ofsted.”
Notes to editors
All results for 2015 are provisional.
Please note that the national figure released today (69 per cent of all entries at grade C or above, which includes retakes, adult entries, etc) is NOT directly comparable with Islington’s overall figure given above, which is the percentage of pupils achieving the benchmark of five or more GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths.
Islington 2014 results:
59.9 per cent of pupils achieved the benchmark five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and maths.
26 per cent of pupils in Islington (compared with 22.9 per cent in England overall) achieved the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), for which they must achieve a grade C or above in English, maths, a humanities subject, one of the sciences and a language.