Stoke Newington School, our community comprehensive school, has further improved GCSE results this year. The percentage of students getting strong passes in English and Maths (grade 5) is 52%: 10% higher than last year’s national figure. The equivalent percentage for grade 4 is 8% above last year’s national figure.

The new syllabus and grading systems for a wide range of subjects have largely been taken in their stride by the Stoke Newington School students. Teachers and students have worked very effectively to ensure they are prepared for these new examinations.

On average over 79% of SNS students achieved grades 4 to 9 in the core subjects – up 4% from last year. There were 89 new top level 9 grades across the full range of subjects– with 3 students gaining a 9 in both English and Mathematics.

The school’s creative subjects continue to excel with very strong results among Art, Photography, Media, Music, Drama and Textiles. 29% of our students achieved the English Baccalaureate – well above the 24% national figure from last year. English Baccalaureate subjects performed very strongly with Science, History and Languages showing progress significantly above the national rate.

Stoke Newington students did well across the Progress 8 and Attainment 8 measures introduced by the government, with a highly positive result expected.

Headteacher Annie Gammon said: “We are very proud of our year 11 students – every one of them. We know that they are ambitious for their achievements; they worked hard and have been well taught and supported by our teachers. We continue to have excellent results in our creative subjects, as well as students achieving well in the fundamentals of Maths and English. We are really pleased with their success.”

Crispin Truman, Chair of Governors, said that “Well done to all the students at our inclusive, community school are doing so well. We continue to achieve results which improve year on year and are well above national averages. We are particularly proud of the value added for every group of students: almost all our pupils make strong progress.”

The GCSE results follow hard on the heels of outstanding A level achievements for the sixth year running. Stoke Newington’s sixth form is again expected to be deemed “outstanding”.