INA celebrates outstanding GCSE results


Isaac Newton Academy opened in 2012 and this is only the second year of GCSE results for the Academy. Last year’s GCSE results put the Academy in the top percentile of schools in the country and this year sees Isaac Newton Academy celebrating even better results.  


The percentage of students achieving the new benchmark score of 4 or better in English and Maths GCSEs (equivalent to a C) was 84%. Most impressively, the percentage of students achieving the highest grades 9-7 in all of their subjects was 35% and the percentage of students achieving grades 9-6 in all of their subjects was 52%.


The school achieved an excellent Progress 8 measure with a score of +0.9, well above the national average of 0. This score reflects progress made by each student in the same eight subjects from year 7 to year 11. For Attainment 8, which measures attainment, students achieved a score of 5.8, surpassing the national average.


Isaac Newton Academy Interim Principal Jo Spencer said: “We are overjoyed that our students at INA have achieved a fantastic set of GCSE results for the second year running. The students, teachers and staff at the school have all worked extremely hard and this is reflected through this year’s results. The 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 our students continue their journey and achieve equally outstanding outcomes in our sixth form and then at university!”


Isaac Newton Academy is a non-denominational, non-selective school and part of the Ark network. We welcome 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.


Among Isaac Newton Academy’s strongest performers in this year’s GCSEs were:



Ishani Punj


Ishani Punj


Age 16


Ishani achieved seven grade 9s and two grade 8s in her GCSEs . Subjects included triple Science, Maths, English, Geography, PE and French.


“I got 8s and 9s – I am a bit in shock but really happy. I plan to enrol in Sixth Form and take Biology, Chemistry and Maths, which I enjoy and got 9s in. I have been with the school since Year 7 and we receive a lot of support here at INA which I think is reflected in the grades.”




Ahnaf Ibne-Anis




Age 16


Received 10 GCSE grades of 9-7 (including triple Science, Maths, English, Computer Science, Geography, French and Italian).


Ahnaf and his family came to the UK from Italy in 2014. Ahnaf joined Isaac Newton Academy in Year 8 and spoke limited English. He achieved five grade 9s, an A*, three grade 8s and one grade 7.


“I hope to enrol at INA Sixth Form and then go on to university. My family and I came over to the UK from Italy in 2014 and so I had to put a lot of hard work in to my studies, but it has paid off. The school has been great and helped me a lot. The teachers have been very supportive and helped me through some hard times. I am really happy with my results.”




Natalia Bedenko




Age 16


Received 10 GCSE grades of 9-5 (including double Science, Maths, English, Art, Geography, Religious Studies, Spanish and Polish).


Natalia and her family came to the UK from Poland in 2015. Natalia joined Isaac Newton Academy in Year 9. She achieved three grade 9s, an A*, four grade 8s, one grade 7 and one grade 5. Having spoken little English when she joined the Academy, achieving these high grades (especially a 5 in English Language and an 8 in English Literature) is extremely impressive.


“I did better than I expected – I am really happy. I joined the Academy in Year 9 from Poland. The first two years were quite challenging and I only spoke a little bit of English when I joined so I had to learn as I went along. The form tutors have really helped me with my English and other subjects and I am really pleased with my results.”




Hamza Shaukat




Age 16


Received 9 GCSE grades of 9-5  (including triple Science, Maths, English, Geography, History and Spanish).


Hamza achieved one grade 9, two grade 8s, four grade 7s, one grade 6 and one grade 5. Hamza has received a full Sixth Form Scholarship to Eton.  Hamza’s parents came to the UK from Pakistan in 2010 when Hamza was just 9 years old. An article about Hamza’s journey can be read here:


“I did better than I expected in some of my subjects which I am really happy about, it’s a really good feeling.  I didn’t expect to do well in History but with the help of my teachers I managed to get an 8.  With our year group only being the second set of students to sit GCSEs at INA, I think the school has prepared us really well. We got all the help and support we needed through after-school interventions, extra-curricular and revision sessions. These sessions really helped me push myself in the subjects that I wasn’t as confident in and it turns out the hard work paid off and I did really great in those subjects”.




Amman Kiani




Age 16


Received 9 GCSE grades of 9-4 (including triple Science, Maths, English, Geography, Religious Studies and Spanish).


Amman achieved one grade 9, six grade 8s, one grade 7 and one grade 4.  Amman made significant progress this year and exceeded a number of his predicted GCSE grades.


“I did better than I expected, especially in Geography. I gave it my best shot. I plan to enrol at Isaac Newton Academy Sixth Form and do Maths, Physics and Chemistry.”