A-LEVELS: Stepney’s Sir John Cass gets 97pc passes—many with A*
PUBLISHED: 18:33 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 19:05 18 August 2016
The flagship Church of England secondary school in London’s East End had almost all its sixth-form pupils pass their A-Levels in results released today.
Sir John Cass Secondary in Stepney had 97 per cent of A-Level students get three or more A* to E grades across all courses.
Interim head teacher Leena Hussain said: “Our students’ achievements will take them to some of the best universities and successfully place them on their chosen career pathway.”
The school’s Head Girl Nowshin Sultana was typical with her results, an A* and two A grades. She plans to study medicine at St George’s University.
“I’m pretty ecstatic,” she said. “It has all been worth it—after two months of literally not eating or sleeping!
“I’ve told my parents. I’ve done this for them as they’ve supported me so much.”
The school has provided “a virtual learning environment” and much one-to-one mentoring to help pupils needing that extra boost in certain subjects.
Head boy Teddy Walker got an A*, A and a C and has received an unconditional offer from Roehampton University, to study business and corporate development.
“This is just what I wanted,” he said. “Today is one of the best days of my life.”
The Rector of Stepney, Trevor Critchlow, who chairs Sir John Cass Foundation’s school governors, praised the youngsters and the dedication of their teachers.
He said: “The amazing A-level results released today reflect two years of intense work by students, teachers and staff. The governing body is immensely proud.”
London’s East End has done well for one of Britain’s most-deprived areas. Results get better year-by-year, with many youngsters from poor backgrounds motivated to study their way out of poverty.
Mayor John Biggs said: “These results show the determination young people and the support of teachers and parents.”
Last year’s figures saw three-quarters of six-formers in Tower Hamlets schools getting at least three A-levels between A* and E, a rise of around five per cent on the previous year.
Deputy mayor Rachael Saunders, cabinet member for Education, said: “Pupils have pursued success sometimes against the odds and despite challenging circumstances.”
The percentage of Tower Hamlets schools getting top grades has more than doubled in the past two years.