Praise for students’ exam success

Published: Friday, August 13, 2021

Wandsworth Council’s cabinet member for education and children’s service has praised the performance of local schoolchildren in this year’s GCSE and A-level exam results.

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A-level success for Henry and Reece at Southfields Academy

Cllr Will Sweet said the work of students, teachers and parents had been outstanding, in spite of the unprecedented disruption to the last two years of children’s education.

“Wandsworth’s young people have demonstrated extraordinary resilience and commitment to their studies under difficult circumstances and these results are testament not only to the hard work and dedication of our school leaders and their staff, but also to the many families who have supported young people with their learning at home over the course of the pandemic,” he said.

“This is a tremendous achievement by our young people and has been made possible by the additional work schools have undertaken to implement teacher assessments in place of traditional exams this year.

“Once again they have overcome the challenges of the pandemic to excel. We hope that education will soon return to normal, and we will be supporting schools with our ambitious £2m Education Recovery Plan to help children and young people recover from the pandemic, including tutoring and mental health support.”

Paul Dunne, headteacher of Saint John Bosco College, said the school achieved 85 per cent of grades at C or above at A-level. He said: “This group of young people have been through so much in the past 18 months and for them to achieve as well as they have done, despite all the difficulties that they’ve faced is wonderful. I am so pleased for them all. They deserve their success.”

Southfields Academy headteacher Wanda Golinska said: “We have seen improved A* and A grades for students across the range of subjects with progression to University first choices for over 80 per cent of applicants, of which 20 per cent have gained access to courses at Russell group institutions.”

Burntwood headteacher Helen Shorrock said: “It’s been amazing to welcome Year 11 back to school to celebrate their success. We are all very proud of them.”

Burntwood students Poppy Dyson and Aminah Kazi get their results