St Paul’s Way continues recovery with a 2nd year of 59pc top grades

Delighted St Paul's Way pupils looking through their GCSE results

Delighted St Paul's Way pupils looking through their GCSE results - Credit: Tower Hamlets Council

A dramatic turnaround has been kept up at the first trust maintained school in London’s East End with 59 per cent in five A* to C grades including maths and English.

Mayor Rahman chats to a top-grade pupil at St Paul's Way

Mayor Rahman chats to a top-grade pupil at St Paul's Way - Credit: Tower Hamlets Council

This matched last year’s performance at St Paul’s Way Secondary, compared to 2008 when just 23 per got top grades.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman (centre) with staff and students at St Paul's Way

Mayor Lutfur Rahman (centre) with staff and students at St Paul's Way - Credit: Tower Hamlets Council

The school in Bow Common, which had been on special measures before then, has also experienced a 10 per cent year-on-year rise in the Baccalaureate for top A* to C grades in English, maths, science, a modern foreign language and history or geography.

Headteacher Grahame Price said: “Many more of our students were following the Baccalaureate and our results in subjects like French and history have risen dramatically.”

Enamur Rahman, 16, was the school’s top performer with an A* and seven A grades.


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“I’m relieved, I’m shocked,” he said. “I thought I would do alright, but didn’t know I was going to do that well.”

He now joins the school’s new sixth form, which opened last year, to take A-Levels in economics, geography, maths and ICT.

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Other achievers include Salma Musa, 16, who only joined in October after switching from an independent school. She passed all her six GCSEs, including two As, adding to a B-grade maths a year early at her previous school. She goes on now to study A-Levels in classics, English literature, religious education and history.

Another top-grader was Nadia Tahmin, 16, with three As, four Bs and three Cs. “I was in tears because I didn’t expect to do this well,” she admitted. “I’m over the moon!”

Nadia now goes on to A-Levels in English language, English literature and maths in pursuit of an engineering career.

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