St Paul’s Way School sees “remarkable” leap in GCSE results for the second year

A school contiues its “remarkable” transformation as 42 per cent more students achieved the grade bench mark over the past two years.

St Paul’s Way Trust School in Bow has gone from a ‘failing’ school, put under Ofsted “notice to improve’ in 2009, to fulfilling Ofsted’s prediction in 2010 that it had “excellent prospects of continued improvement.”

Today’s GCSE results show 60 per cent of students achieved at least five A*s to C grades in subjects including English and Math—a 13 per cent leap from last year. The same results had already jumped 29 per cent last year on the previous year.

Excluding English and Maths 68 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades. And 95 per cent achieved at least five As to G grades at the school which last year became one of the UK’s first Trust schools. The status has brought the school close links with four Universities led by Queen Mary University in Mile End. Businesses and the NHS are also among Trust partners.

In January the school moved into a �40 million building, as part of the previous government’s Schools for the Future’ programme. Around the same time the school was identified as one of the 50 most improved in England.

Head teacher Grahame Price started two years ago along with two deputy head teachers, Nick John and Hannora Loveday, who were brought in at the same time.

Mr John said of today’s result’s: “It’s a remarkable achievement. We are delighted. It’s a credit to our youngsters and teachers.”

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He said students had adpated well to the school’s changes and the high expections on them to achieve.”

The school’s top achiever Syeda Hussain was shaking holiding her envelope this morning as she realised she had achieved six A*s and three As.

Syeda, 16, of Poplar said: “I’m really relieved it’s over and done with and that the hard work really paid off. I didn’t expect to do this well.”

But the school will be losing her as she will take her A-levels at Sir John Cass school in Stepney Way.

She said she fancied “a new environment and people” and that her marks “enabled her to go somewhere else”, but she acknowledged St Paul’s Way is “definitely” improving, which she largely put down to the head teacher.

Deputy head girl Masuma Khanon who gained four As, a B and a C said she had seen a lot of changes since her year seven. “Teachers are more up for teaching and the school has a perfect prefect team,” she said. But Masuma who is hoping to follow in her family’s footsteps by becoming a medic is going to Newham’s NewVic college for her A-levels.

But another star students Khadeja Kobir, who gained seven As, said she will “definitely” staying at the school. “This school has helped me so much, she said. Khadeja, who has also been with the school since year seven branded the changes “dramatic” and put it down to the school management “making the right decisions”. She also said the trust partnerships with Queen Mary University enabled students to take courses there and use their facilities.

Top performer among the boys was Saif Uddin, who scored “A*s and five As. He said he was “very excited” about his results and hoped to stay at the school for his A-levels. Saif, who came to this country from Bangladesh at the beginning of primary school, is hoping to be the first in his family to go to university.

Up to 60 of the 176 students in the final year group are staying with the school which next month’s is opening it’s first sixth form. The secondary school is also welcoming 200 new students this year compared to 100 last year. Deputy head Ms Loveday put that down to parents now seeing the improvments at the school. The school will have up to 900 students next term but has the capacity for 1,200 students.