East London bucks the trend on A-level results

By Rob Virtue on August 19, 2014 7:34 AM |

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Tower Hamlets College celebrated an increase in A-level success despite results going down nationally.

The Poplar education centre saw marks at A*, A and B go up by 28% this year with 15 subjects getting a 100% pass rate.

One of the top successes was high-achiever Fela Maslen, who achieved three A* grades and will have the chance to go to King's College, Cambridge, to study mathematics.

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Fellow student Brandon Ryan-Rahmani scored two A*s and an A is now taking up an internship at Ernst and Young, soon to be moving to Canary Wharf.

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Meanwhile, Katie Hogg, from the Isle of Dogs, described how she was "over the moon" after achieving an A* and two As and is now set to for the Royal Holloway University where she will be studying psychology.

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Principal Gerry McDonald, who welcomed Bethnal Green and Bow MP Rushanara Ali to the college on results day, said he was delighted with the scores.

"It is testament to their hard work and also to the skills and experience of our teaching staff," he said.

"We have continued to increase our A-Level high grades and maintained our high standards of success. Many of our students can now look forward to pursuing their studies at top universities and we wish them every success in their future studies and careers."

Nearby Bishop Challoner at Commercial Road also reported an improvement. It said 23% of results were A or A* - up 10%. Fatoumata Barry was the highest achiever scoring two A*s and two As and is now going to read biomedicine at Sheffield.

In Newham, at the London Academy of Excellence, 68 sixth formers secured places at Russell Group universities while four made it into Oxbridge.

It was the first set of results for the free school which was set up by leading independent schools and received funding from HSBC.

Some 90% of the sixth formers live in the bottom 20% of the most deprived postcodes in the country.