As the A-level and BTEC results yesterday came pouring in, figures from half the borough’s schools show strong gains in the proportion of A*-B grades and A*-C grades.
Meanwhile the figures collected by Southwark Council show that overall percentage of entries achieving a pass A*-E results has dipped slightly due to a drop in the D-E passes.
Commenting on yesterday’s results, Southwark Council’s cabinet member for children and schools said: “Southwark can be hugely proud of its young people today, as we welcome another set of truly inspirational A-level results.
“They show beyond a doubt that Southwark schools are a great place for young people to thrive and reach their potential. I want to wish all our school leavers well as they set off on a new chapter of their lives. With such great results I know you will go far!”
Bacon’s College students have achieved A-Level and Level Three vocational grades resulting in an Average Point Score of 39.2, equivalent to an average grade of a B-.
28.8 per cent of the grades at Bacon’s this academic year were A*-A grades, exceeding the national average of 25.8 per cent. A*-C pass rate of 77.5 per cent was only 0.1 per cent below the national average.
Head of Sixth Form, Chris Hall, said: “Over 70 per cent of our Year Thirteen students have already secured places at university within 24 hours of receiving their results, a number that we expect to rise comfortably over the coming days as students secure places through Clearing and Adjustment.
“Our students will be taking up offers of university places this year in a range of courses and disciplines, including Social Anthropology, Dental Hygiene and Mechanical Engineering in addition to subjects such as Mathematics, History and Psychology.
“We are particularly proud of the diversity of subjects and degree courses chosen this year with students accessing courses such as Linguistics and Phonetics, Game Art and Design, and Maths and Philosophy.
“Congratulations to all Year Thirteen students for their success this year and good luck in your future studies and careers.”
- Samuel Brooks-Martin: Graphics (A*), Mathematics (A*), Physics (A)
- Naomi Enadeghe: Biology (A), Chemistry (B), Psychology (A)
- Kim (Henry) Hong: Further Maths (B), Mathematics (A*), Physics (B)
- Thomas Long: Biology (B), English Literature (A), Philosophy (A)
- Mandy Luu: Mathematics (A), Psychology (A), Philosophy (B)
- Harry McClaren: BTec IT (Double Distinction*), Economics (A*)
- Shannon McClennan: BTec Business (Distinction*), English Language (B), CTec Media (Distinction* Distinction)
- Emran Ali: Economics (C), French (A*), Mathematics (A)
- Xena Ngo: History (A), Psychology (A), Philosophy (A)
- Joshua Oyeleye: History (B), Psychology (B), Philosophy (A*)
- Mahir Yuksel: Biology (C), Further Maths (A), Mathematics (A*)
Mahir Yuksel, 18, was getting Es and Ds a few years ago, but after a sit-down with two of his teachers achieved an A in Further Maths and an A* in Maths, securing a place at King’s College London to read the subject.
He said: “I now work really hard. In year eleven I was getting Ds and Es in Maths when my teachers, Mr Knight and Mr Dikeulias, said to me that I have potential so why don’t I use it.
“I do think it could have done better. I felt like I was at home at King’s and it felt like I should have been there.”
Mahir, whose father works at Bacon’s College, also achieved an impressive B in Turkish and C in Biology.
Before starting his degree, Mahir is now looking at buying a car over the summer to drive to different parts of the UK to build up his experience.
“I think I might do a Masters and PhD and then move to Canada as they pay better,” added Mahir.