INA Student Wins Young Citizen Award


INA’s Halema wins Redbridge Young Citizen Award

INA Sixth Form student Halema Anjum has been announced as the September winner of the Young Citizen Award. Halema was nominated by the Principal, Ms Macfarlane, due to the exceptional progress she has made at Isaac Newton Academy.


Halema came to INA in 2012 with below average grades. Over the last five years she has consistently performed and made noticeable progress each term, leading to outstanding GCSE results received in the summer. Halema received the highest possible grades in her GCSE exams and was announced the highest achieving student in the whole of the Ark Schools Network. Not only did she receive three 9’s (one of only 2,000 students in the whole country to do so), but she also got straight A*’s in her other subjects.


Not only has Halema got exceptional academic attainment, but she has maintained a breadth of input and passion across all school activities. She is passionate about music and has played her trumpet at many famous music venues, including Ronnie Scott’s and the Barbican. Even though she decided not to study GCSE Music, she has continued to collaborate with the school’s music department and participate in whole school events and enrichments, consistently mentoring and coaching the younger INA musicians.


Rachel Macfarlane said "Halema is a fantastically generous, humble and well-aligned student. She is a wonderful role model to the younger students here at INA and she will go on to do fantastic things."


The Young Citizen Award scheme, run by the Recorder, aims to recognise the positive activities young people of Redbridge are undertaking. The scheme aims to celebrate their achievements and inspire others to do good work. The monthly winners will be nominated for the Young Citizen of the Year Award, and the winner will be crowned at next year’s Mayor’s Community Awards.


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