Great A Level Success for our Students

Monday 19 August 2019

Our academy celebrated yet another year of great success at A level results. The number of students achieving the top grades rose yet again and results mean that 60% of our students are now going to a top third university, which is three times the national average for non-selective state schools. Here are some of our high achievers: 

Murat Saglam

A: Computer Science, A: Maths, B: Media

Cyber Security at Warwick

“I am speechless right now. I am surprised as much as I am happy. My hard work actually paid off. 

I chose this field, because it is a very interesting area within technology. I see myself in the future, in a 60 hours a week job, just to make sure everyone is safe online. After that, I maybe starting my own business.

I prepared myself for this point with a lot of hard work. If anyone is the doing the subjects that I am doing I would advise to just work hard and keep other options open, for example networking. I’ve done two work experiences before I even started to do university course, which I secured through networking at events.

I went to the Shard, where I worked with a cyber-security consultant company. Hopefully I will do a longer work experience there, as they are really nice people and I got the feeling what the industry holds for me. It was only thanks to Ark Globe that I’ve met the people from this company, which inspired me very much. Besides this, my teachers really supported me academically, even sometimes by staying late to make sure that I get the extra hours I needed.

In Year 12, I was a part of a student campaigning group. I am very proud that we made a change in the community both physically and socially. We helped to make a change in the social housing quota through the campaign we did. It was below 50 and I believe now it is 112. I am sure that in the future, I will continue being active in the areas of social housing and social benefits. That is something very important, and it’s thanks to those services the people like me can get to the positions where we are right now.”

Radika Begum

A: Economics, B: Geography, B: Psychology

Security and Crime Science at UCL

“I am very happy and proud of my results. I have always had the dream of working for the government in policy making. As a child, I grew up in South East London where there is a lot of crime. I wanted to understand, why people commit crime, why the different explanations we had currently weren’t enough. Psychology is big, but wasn’t enough to explain all behaviours.

Another inspiration was television shows. Sherlock really sparked my interest as much as helping me to understand the crime. I can say Sherlock put me in this position, but what really put me in this position is a combination as a lot of things: my experiences, my friends’ experiences...

Being a Bengali female, coming from low-income family and wanting to become a civil servant was at first daunting, but I didn’t let that stop my dream. It was just a statistics behind my name. My teachers made me believe that I am talented, and I pushed through. I was the head of Student Leadership at Globe and being a leader really helped me with my confidence too. I will just continue, forgetting about all of the fact that it is a pre-dominantly white field. Because what I have is talent.”

Yca Tan

B: English Literature, B: Psychology, B: Geography

Aiming Psychology at Nottingham, and as second option Psychology and Global Sustainable Development at Warwick

“I am really proud of my results, as the exam season was tough, stressful and full of anxiety. I  had to overcome personal challenges whilst preparing and takin the exams. At the end of GCSE, I had two significant brievements. It was one after the other, so it was really hard. I also had to miss a couple of months in the school, as I went back to Philippines for the funerals. 

I am really thankful to Sixth Form staff and my friends for how they supported me. They accepted me back to the Academy, saying that they trusted me to catch up and learn the same way as the others. It was tough, because you can’t just stop grieving when you get back to London. You go to school, focus on the content you are learning, then go home and feel empty, struggle with your mental health too. Asking for help, but also maintaining to be hopeful is important. I am hopeful and try to be courageous and strong. I always think that I should make my parents proud; it is what keeps me going at the end of the day.

Although I am still unsure about my future and I want to be open-minded to different courses. I know that I would like to do Psychology and after that, a master’s degree in Occupational Psychology. I am also passionate about Global Sustainable Development.”

Okan Saglam

D*D*D: Business Pathway and A: Economics

Accounting Management at Queen Mary

“I am feeling wonderful. I’m really proud. My teachers played a big role for preparing me for today. I did one A level and Business Pathway, which was combining my passions. I was always passionate about business, and economics was something that I was seeing through the news and was really intrigued to find out more about.

My success was mainly down to pre-lesson readings. I would know what was going to be covered, and that really helped me in lessons and revision. I also did some very inspiring work placements. I worked at a marketing company in the accounting department and I enjoyed it very much. It gave me the experience of the professional environment and the feeling that it was what I wanted to do. I shouldn’t struggle to adapt to the professional life in the future.