GCSE results day 2021
Thursday 12 August 2021
Isaac Newton Academy students celebrate top GCSE marks
Students from Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford have achieved top GCSE grades in what has been another challenging academic year.
With the continued disruption to their education, students could not take examinations in the usual way and instead received teacher-assessed grades based on what they had been taught, not what they missed.
Isaac Newton Academy GCSE students have been offered a range of support this year including the distribution of Google Chromebooks and IT equipment, additional interventions in their GCSE subjects as well as protecting student’s wellbeing and offering specialist support.
Isaac Newton Academy Principal, Morgan Haines, said: “Seeing the joy on our students faces today and such strong results is truly wonderful. It is a testament to our student’s hard work, dedicated and resilience in a difficult academic year. Today we will be celebrating their achievements and supporting them to make choices about their futures. We are delighted that so many of our Year 11 students will be staying with us to study at INA Sixth Form.
“Having an excellent remote learning vision in place has ensured our students experienced less disruption to teaching and learning over this past year. This continuity of learning and hard work has led to another fantastic set of academic results.
“I’d also like to thank all staff for their endless support this year. Our teachers and support staff have ensured the school runs smoothly, whether they were delivering lessons on site or online, providing pastoral care and everything else in between.”
This year, teachers used a mix of evidence, including mock exams, coursework and other work completed as part of their course, such as essays or in-class tests. In addition, exam boards provided optional sets of questions for teachers to use to help them gather evidence.
Among Isaac Newton Academy’s high performers in this year’s GCSEs were:
Ruqayyah achieved eight grade 9s in English Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, French and Geography and one grade 8 in English Language. She is planning to stay at Isaac Newton Academy for Sixth Form and study four A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Biology. “I am feeling so happy. When I got my results, I straight away ran outside to my dad to show him. He was really shocked and really happy. Having done so well it gives me the opportunity to do a range of A levels and therefore open doors for my future studies. I had so much support from my teachers, especially during lockdown as I found lockdown learning quite difficult – I really missed face to face contact. I want to thank all my teachers; they have been amazing. My parents are really happy, I have two older sisters who are both going to university this year, so I was hoping to do well and beat their GCSE grades, which I did!”
Mohammed achieved four grade 9s in English Literature, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and five grade 8s in English Language, Computer Science, History, PE and Physics. He is planning to stay at Isaac Newton Academy for Sixth Form and study A levels in Maths, Physics and Economics. “I feel elated. I did well. Even through lockdown I felt supported and could ask my teachers all the questions I needed to. At the moment my plan is to study Engineering at university. I am looking forward to telling my friends and family about my results. I am most looking forward to telling my dad as he has high expectations, so I hope he is proud.”
David achieved five grade 9s in English Literature, Maths, Chemistry, Geography and RE, three grade 8s in English Language, Physics and History and a grade 7 in Biology. He is planning to study A levels in Geography, Politics, Biology and Economics. “I am surprised – in a good way. I am really proud of my English results as in November I got a 3- in my mock exams but I worked really hard to improve this and have achieved a grade 8 and a grade 9. The support here at INA really enables us to get the best grades we possibly can. There are interventions where you can get additional support in your subjects. I am looking forward to telling my mum about my results as I think she will be very surprised.”
Zainab achieved two grade 7s, a 5-4 in double science, 4 grade 5s and one grade 4. She is planning to study A levels in Geography, Politics, Biology and Economics. “I am feeling very relieved and I’m excited about next steps. The last year has been very stressful and I struggled during lockdown but I had lots of support from friends, family and teachers which I am really thankful for. Having been here since Year 7 I would recommend this school to everybody as they have been so supportive.”
Raymond achieved five grade 9s, three grade 8s and one grade 5. He is planning to stay at Isaac Newton Academy for Sixth Form and study A levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. “I am feeling incredibly proud of myself; it is a big achievement for me. I joined the school in Year 7 and I am looking forward to Sixth Form here. Lockdown was tough but through perseverance and resilience I managed to achieve these grades. I will be celebrating with my family this afternoon, they are very happy for me.”
Tasbir achieved two grade 9s, three grade 8s and four grade 7s. She is planning to stay at Isaac Newton Academy for Sixth Form and study A levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Computer Science. “Through support from the teachers I have got the grades that I wanted which I am really happy about. I revised really hard and proved a lot to myself through lockdown. I want to pursue my dreams as a Software Engineer and a female in STEM.”
Ian achieved one grade 8, two grade 7s, two grade 6s, a grade 6-6 in double science and two grade 5s. He is planning to stay at Isaac Newton Academy for Sixth Form and study Applied Science BTEC and Music A level. “I am happy with my results as it means I can attend INA Sixth Form and do the courses I want. I used to struggle with some of my subjects at school but I received lots of extra support to help me do better. I am a young carer, so I take care of my mum and my brother at home. Lockdown was hard at times, but I managed to continue with my studies. I am looking forward to telling my mum about my results and having a celebration at home.”
Sara achieved four grade 5s, a grade 5-4 in double science and 2 grade 4s. She is planning to join Isaac Newton Academy Sixth Form and study Applied Science BTEC. “I am going to be staying at INA – I am so excited. I have been here since Year 7. I have really improved in my studies this last year. My teachers and the SEND team have been amazing, and they are so happy for me. I am really passionate about science, so I am really happy that I am doing it in September. I can’t wait to join Sixth Form and meet the new students.”
Stephanie achieved four grade 6s, a grade 4-4 in double science, two grade 4s and one grade 3. She is planning to study at the London Screen Academy from September. “I was very nervous this morning, and I am feeling relieved now that I have my results. I had a hard time during lockdown but lots of people helped me through it and I worked hard to get my grades. Before GCSEs I didn’t take my studies very seriously, but I have tried really hard the last couple of years and my hard work has paid off. I am excited and ready to start the next chapter in my life.”