First GCSE results for INA!

Thursday 24 August 2017

The founding cohort of students from Isaac Newton Academy, are celebrating impressive results, in the school’s first ever GCSE results since opening in 2012.


The percentage of pupils that received 5 or more grades 9-4/A*-C including English and Maths was 80%, far above projected national averages,  but even more impressively, the school achieved a provisional Progress 8 score of +1.2. This score is likely to place Isaac Newton Academy among the very best schools in the country for this new measure, which reflects progress made by each pupil in their best eight subjects from year 7 to year 11.


The percentage of students gaining the new very highest grade – 9 – was well above the 3% that the government said would be awarded across the country: in Maths 9% 0f INA students achieved a 9 and in English 6%.


The number of pupils achieving the new benchmark score of grade 4 or better in English and Maths GCSEs (equivalent to a C) is 85%.


Isaac Newton Academy Principal Rachel Macfarlane said: “I am thrilled that the founding students at INA have achieved such stunning GCSE results. They have worked phenomenally hard, as have their teachers and all the staff at the school. These results show what can be achieved through a positive mind-set, fantastic teaching, a great work ethic, great resources and a strong partnership between the school and its families. We look forward to seeing many of these students achieve even more spectacular outcomes in our sixth form and then at university!”


There were some notable success stories:


Halema Anjum

Age 16


Received 9 GCSE grades 9/A* (including triple Science, Maths, English, Geography, Drama and Spanish). 


Halema achieved the highest possible grades in all of her GCSE subjects.  She is passionate about music and has played her trumpet at many famous music venues, including Ronnie Scott’s and the Barbican. She will be the first girl in her immediate family to go to university.


“I got straight A*’s, I can’t believe it. I am so happy!”


“There have been so many opportunities for me here at INA and I didn’t realise how lucky I am until this point. I have done so much over that last five years and I wouldn’t have done any of it if it wasn’t for my school. I am choosing to stay on at sixth form here as I already know the teachers and my friends and am looking forward to hitting the ground running when I come back in September. I want to do well in my A level subjects but I am also looking forward to taking the opportunity to help with the younger school enrichments so that I can stay involved in music and drama.”



Shanzeh Haroon


Age 16

Received 9 GCSE grades of 9/8 and A/A* (including triple Science, Maths, English, Geography, Spanish and Music). 


Shanzeh is planning on staying at Isaac Newton Academy for sixth form. For her A levels she will study Chemistry, Biology and English Literature. Shanzeh aspires to go to university and become a paediatric ophthalmologist (an eye doctor for children).


“I am overwhelmed. I really wasn’t expecting such high grades.”


“I feel like the school has really helped me grow and develop as a person, academically and personally as well. In Year 7 I wasn’t very confident, but since being at INA I have really come out of my shell. I’ve constantly progressed, from the 25th highest student to the 6th highest student.”




Nadia Ibrahim


Age 16

Nadia entered the school in Year 7 below the expected National Curriculum level 4 score in Math, English and Science. However she has gained  9 GCSE grades of 9/8/7 and A/A* (including Science, Maths, English, Spanish, History, RE and Graphic Design). 


Nadia will be studying History, RE and Psychology at A level. She is yet to decide what she wants to study at university but is hoping it will be related to Psychology. She received an award at school for making the most progress since Year 7.

“I am so pleased with my grades. As founding cohorts doing GCSEs there was a lot of pressure because it was like we influence how people see the whole school, but it turned out like we were all very supportive of each other. I think it encourages us to want to do better, because it’s how everyone will see us outside, so I think that’s like really made us work harder.”




Awais Seyyad


Age 16

Received 9 GCSE grades of 9/8 and A/A* (including triple Science, Maths, English, Geography, Drama and French).  


Awais is part of the founding cohort at INA. He plans to study Chemistry, English, Biology and Maths at A level. Awais aspires to go to Cambridge University, where his sister is currently studying.


“I am choosing to stay here at INA for sixth form because I know my teachers are reliable and committed - they go above and beyond. Also Ark has been really good to me and has given me opportunities to go to Philips Exeter (a five-week summer school in America) as well as going to Canada this summer. I feel like a role model to the younger students at INA, especially as I was a prefect and was able to guide others on behaviour, study techniques and demonstrate how they should conduct themselves around the school.”



Isaac Newton Academy is a non-denominational, non-selective school, welcoming girls and boys from all backgrounds from the local community. The secondary school opened with just 180 Year 7 students in September 2012. It has a purpose-built building and was rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted in 2014 - just two years after opening.


At Isaac Newton Academy our aim is to equip every student with the knowledge, learning power and character necessary for success at university and beyond. We believe that all INA students have the possibility to achieve outstanding educational outcomes, and are committed to supporting students in reaching their full potential.