Students from Westminster schools have been celebrating their GCSE results after significant changes came into effect in the way that school performance is being assessed.
This year the new grades were introduced for English and mathematics (1-9), with grade 4 being a standard pass and 5 being a strong pass and grade 9 being the top grade (equivalent to an A* grade) .
Provisional results show that Westminster schools did well this year, with most students achieving five or more GCSEs at grade A* to C (including English and Maths).
Councillor Richard Holloway, Cabinet Member for Children, Families and Young People, Westminster City Council, said: “Congratulations to all the students collecting their results. Westminster students and teachers have worked extremely hard and they should all be very proud of their achievements.”
One of the schools is Westminster - Westminster Academy was celebrating as 74% of students achieved the benchmark grade of a pass at GCSE.
Dr Saima Rana, Principal, said: “Whilst adopting a new grading system has been a challenge, at Westminster Academy our students and staff thrive on challenges and I am thrilled to see our students achieving results that open doors to exciting future pathways.”
Westminster Academy student Namuun Sandag-Ochir, said: “I’m really surprised with my grades. When I opened the envelope, I really brightened up. I came to London in 2014 without knowing any English, but I have worked really hard to succeed and make myself a better student.”
Students at Paddington Academy were also celebrating their GCSE results, with 78% of students achieving five or more A*-C grades.
Katie Gillam, Principal at Paddington Academy, said: “I would like to congratulate all our students celebrating their results. I am so pleased to once again see our students rewarded for their hard work throughout their time at Paddington. We are committed to ensuring that every student, whatever their starting point, has the opportunity to succeed and these results are testament to this.
For those who may be considering alternatives to College or Sixth Form, Westminster Council runs an Apprenticeship Scheme for students post GCSE.
If you are 16 and over and would like to gain work experience and on the job training, boost your skills, study towards nationally recognised qualifications and get paid at the same time – then an apprenticeship within Westminster City Council could be the right choice for you.
You can view our wide range of exciting apprenticeships roles at westminster.gov.uk/apprenticeships