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City sponsored Academy achieves its best ever exam results

Students at City of London Academy, Islington celebrate GCSE and 'A' level success
by Sophie

The City of London Academy, Islington has posted its best ever GCSE and 'A' level exam results. The school, which is supported by City University London, has bucked the national trend with grades increasing dramatically.

nullOverall, 97% of students achieved a pass at 'A' level. 85% were awarded A*- C, a substantial increase from 65% last year. The Academy also attained a 100% pass rate in its vocational courses, with the majority of students securing university places. One student, Huseyin Kocadag, became the first pupil to make the transition from the Academy to City University London, to study Civil Engineering.

GCSE results at the academy showed significant improvement. The number of students achieving 5 A*-C grades, inclusive of English and Maths, almost doubled, rising from 33% last year to 61%. This result is a key indicator of a school's success and is particularly significant given the overall drop in the proportion of GCSE exam entries awarded these top grades.

Clare Verga, Principal at the City of London Academy Islington, commented:

"I am absolutely delighted for our students who have all achieved exceptional examination success. Their high academic achievement is the result of hard work throughout the year, following significant changes within the Academy to raise standards. Our significant improvement in results reflects our aspiration and determination for outstanding student success".

The City of London Academy opened in 2008 and is jointly sponsored by the City of London Corporation and City University London. It achieved a 'Good' Ofsted report in its latest inspection in November 2012. The report recognised the Academy as 'rapidly improving' with 'inspirational leadership'.

Eamon Martin is Director of Educational Relationships at City University London and Chair of the Board of Governors at the Academy:

"City University London is fully committed to the successful development of the Academy. I'm particularly proud that, as part of the University's Widening Participation Outreach program, twenty-one undergraduate student volunteers tutored students at the Academy - helping to improve their skills in Mathematics. The students and staff at the Academy have put in an exceptional performance this year, managing to surpass even the ambitious targets we set. We look forward to continuing to support the excellent work of the Academy in the future".

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