A level and BTEC results day

Tuesday 10 August 2021

Isaac Newton Academy Students Impress with A level results


Students from Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford are celebrating achieving places at top universities despite the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Having an excellent remote learning vision in place over the past year has ensured that Isaac Newton Academy students experienced less disruption to teaching and learning. This continuity of learning and hard work has led to another fantastic set of academic results.


A level students have been offered a range of support this year including the distribution of Google Chromebooks and IT equipment, additional interventions in their A level subjects as well as protecting student’s wellbeing and offering specialist support.


Isaac Newton Academy Principal Morgan Haines said: “Today we are celebrating our Year 13 students moving on to some really exciting destinations. It’s fantastic seeing so many securing high grades and progressing to their university of choice. They have worked extremely hard throughout their time here at Isaac Newton Academy and I am thrilled to see them able to pursue their ambitions.


“Our students have faced so much uncertainty since the pandemic started, but their commitment to their education has never wavered. The systems that we put in place over the last year allowed students to focus on reaching their potential and I’m so proud of everyone today. Our Year 13 students have worked extremely hard and should be congratulated on their achievements today.


“I’d also like to give special thanks to the teaching and support staff who have been so dedicated to ensuring the school runs smoothly, whether they were delivering lessons on site or online, providing pastoral care and everything else in between.”


Isaac Newton Academy is part of the Ark network of 38 multi-academy schools, which has supported schools with a three-strand programme that focused on enabling digital access for all students, protecting their mental health, and helping students catch up on lost learning.


This year’s grades were based on what students have been taught, not what they missed. 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.


In previous years, the school has seen its students attend top universities like Cambridge, Kings College, Imperial College London, LSE and UCL to name a few. This year, the school has even more students to congratulate.


Fatima Jilani

Fatima, who achieved three A* A level grades in Economics, English Literature and History and an A* in EPQ, is set to take a place studying Law at Cambridge University. Fatima has been a student at Isaac Newton Academy since Year 7 and has been awarded the Reuben Oxbridge Scholarship bursary of £22,500 to support her undergraduate studies. “I am over the moon. To get into my dream university with these results is the most amazing feeling. Since starting at INA I always knew I wanted to push myself and do something big and the school has helped me get here. I am really grateful for the support and opportunities I have received from INA and Ark. I grew up in a single parent household and came over from Pakistan in Year 4, so I had to adjust to a whole new country and school system. I knew that it was an amazing opportunity and through motivation and bravery, I have got here. My mum is really proud.”



Jainna Bhalla

Jainna, who achieved three A* A level grades in English Literature, Geography and Psychology and an A* in EPQ, is set to take up a degree apprenticeship with Leanardo in Project Management. Jainna has been at Isaac Newton Academy since Year 7. “I am feeling excited, overwhelmed and humbled by my grades. I had a lot of support from teachers who encouraged me to push myself and be the best I can be. During lockdown I received regular phone calls from my teachers to check I was ok and importantly got lots of praise to acknowledge the hard work I was doing which kept me motivated. I am counting down the days until I start work – I can’t wait.”




Justin Jaison

Justin, who achieved two A* grades in Economics and Maths and an A grade in Physics, will be studying the PWC Flying Start Degree Programme at Nottingham University. Justin joined Isaac Newton Academy in Year 12. “I am feeling pretty amazed, I didn’t expect to get these results. I want to become a Chartered Accountant so I am going to go to Nottingham and study the hybrid PWC Flying Start Course which means I will gain work experience and a degree at the same time. I have had great support from the teachers at INA and I am really looking forward to telling my family about my results and celebrating.”




Jamie Joseph

Jamie, who achieved triple Distinction* (D*D*D*) in Business BTEC will be studying Marketing at Kent University. Jamie joined Isaac Newton Academy in Year 7. “I’m really happy with my results. I have been able to depend on my teachers here and they have helped me achieve these tops grades. It is crazy to think I have been here 7 years, but I have fond memories and am looking forward to the next steps.”





Talhah Sheikh

Talhah, who achieved an A in Chemistry, B in Psychology and C in Maths will be studying Architectural Technology at the University of Westminster. Talhah joined Isaac Newton Academy in Year 12. “I did not expect these results and I can’t wait to start university - I am really happy. I found the exams really hard. At the beginning of the year I was achieving grade Us but I have worked really hard and it has paid off. Some people think that you can be limited by your disability, but I feel like I have proven to everyone that, even with my deafness, if you work hard you can achieve anything you want.”




Iman Latif

Iman, who achieved DDM in Applied Science BTEC will be joining the Veterinary Gateway Programme at Royal Veterinary Collage. Iman joined Isaac Newton Academy in Year 12. “I got the grades I needed to get into RVC so I am really excited. My parents didn’t go to university so they are really proud. It feels bittersweet to be leaving INA, but I am really excited about the future.”





Avinash Desai

Avinash, who achieved a B in Politics and Psychology and a Distinction* in Business will be studying International Business at the University of Surrey. Avinash joined Isaac Newton Academy in Year 7. “I am really excited about going to Surrey and doing a 4-year course which includes a placement year. It feels brilliant. I have been supported here from day one. I haven’t always been the highest achieving student, but my confidence has really increased over the years and I am really proud to have got to this point. The extra intervention classes that I have received have been amazing and I have really been supported and never made to feel like I couldn’t do it. I was getting Cs and Ds at the beginning of Sixth Form so to get these grades is fantastic. I was preparing my family for the worst but now I can’t wait to tell them the good news My ambition is to start an international brand after university – watch this space!”



Noah Hawthorne

Noah, who achieved three B grades in Economics, Physics and Maths, will be beginning a Financial Markets apprenticeship at Standard Chartered. Noah joined Isaac Newton Academy in Year 7. “I am relieved that I got my grades and can move on to the next chapter of my life. I have started a Financial Markets apprenticeship at Standard Chartered which I am really enjoying and looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into. I am looking forward to celebrating before I go back to work tomorrow.”




Jenifar Uddin

Jennifer, who achieved an A in Biology, A in Psychology and B in Chemistry, will be studying Biomedical Sciences at Kings College London. Jenifar joined Isaac Newton Academy in Year 12. “I am really looking forward to going to Kings College. It has been a really tough year and we had lots of exams so there was lots of pressure, but I am really happy with the result. I am really glad I came here for Sixth Form as I have received a lot of guidance and even during lockdown, I never felt alone and I always felt supported. I am an only child and we moved to England from Bangladesh in 2015 so my parents have been so nervous for me – I can’t wait to celebrate with them.”



Congratulations to all our students on their fantastic results!