Cllrs Abu Chowdhury and Amin Rahman with happy students Saadaldin Yosof, Radid Sarker and Amal Yussuf
Students across Tower Hamlets celebrated excellent results in their A Levels and Level 3 vocational qualifications this year, despite the disruptions they have faced during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is the first year since 2019 that students have been assessed through examinations using a similar process as in 2019. Last year students were assessed in a different way with different grade boundaries, so grade comparisons to last year do not compare like to like.
In Tower Hamlets, almost three quarters (74.4%) of students gained an A*-C grade in their A Levels – an increase from 2019. The proportion of students that achieved A* grades (6.9%) are nearly double 2019 levels.
Students also received results for Level 3 vocational qualifications. 98.5% of entries achieved Passes and above. The proportion of Tower Hamlets BTEC entries achieving at least a Distinction* or above increased by 12.1% points compared to 2019.
Councillor Abu Chowdhury, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Skills and Growth, and Councillor Amin Rahman, Ward Councillor for Bethnal Green West, joined students at Mulberry Academy Shoreditch on results day to congratulate them on their successes.
Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Education is a top priority for the council and today’s achievements demonstrate the excellence in Tower Hamlets schools. I am so proud of the young people in our borough who work hard and inspire those around them. I’d like to say a particular thank you to the education staff who have supported students to accomplish these excellent outcomes.”
Councillor Maium Talukdar, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education, Youth and Lifelong Learning, said: “Congratulations to all the students who received their results today. Whatever they choose to do next, I wish them well in their future plans. We will stand by all our young people and remain committed to our pledges of university grants and Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) to support them in writing the next chapter of their lives.”
High achievers from Mulberry Academy Shoreditch
Sharmin Aktar achieved A grades in English and Sociology and was just one mark off an A to gain a B in Religious Studies. She will be taking up a place at Queen Mary University to study English.
Sharmin said: “Compared to what I thought I’d get, I’ve done well. I struggled to study during the pandemic. At first I didn’t have a laptop and had to do everything on my phone but my teachers helped me to buckle down and get through. My hard work and diligence has paid off and I will be celebrating with my family.”
Radid Sarker achieved an A* in Maths, A’s in Further Maths and Computer Science and a B in Physics. He will head off to the University of Manchester this autumn, to study Physics and Maths.
Radid said: “I’m really happy with my results and thankful to my school and teachers who helped a lot with online lessons during the pandemic and catch-up sessions afterwards. I also received lots of support at home.”
Sara Saeeda Sultana achieved three distinctions in BTEC Health and Social Care and is going on study Primary Education at the University of Greenwich.
Sara said: “I want to be a teacher and have always wanted to work with children. Now, I am on my way to achieving my dream. Studying for my exams during the pandemic was difficult as the school wasn’t open for several months. Thankfully, our teachers gave us lots of support. I look forward to celebrating my results with my family and friends.”
Saadaldin Yosof achieved A, B and C grades in Maths, Chemistry and Biology respectively.
Saadaldin said: “I’m content with my results and hope to study either Mechanical or Chemical Engineering at Queen Mary University.”
Ruth Holden, Executive Principal at Mulberry Academy Shoreditch, said: “Our students have done really well and we have lots of happy young people who are going to the universities and other destinations of their choice. It has been a tough couple of years because of Covid however, we have doubled our attainment from 2019, the last year that we had results for.”
Next steps - support for students
Careers Young Workpath, a council service, provides careers information, advice and guidance about the next steps available to young people, no matter the results they have got in their A-levels or GCSEs.
For young people who received their results but are not sure what to do next, the service offers careers interviews in person, over the phone or via video.
Find out more at: https://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/jobs_and_careers/employment_and_training_initia/Workpath/Young-workpath/Young_WorkPath.aspx
Posted on Friday 19th August 2022