Hard work pays off for Burlington Danes pupils

More than 100 students are expected to stay on at the Burlington Danes Academy sixth form after securing another impressive set of GCSE results.

Around 65 per cent achieved the benchmark five A* to C grades including English and Maths – and Principal Michael Ribton expects more than half to continue their studies at the Shepherd’s Bush school.

“I’m very proud of our Year 11 students. They have worked very hard over the last year and really deserve to do well,” he said.

“We are a community school with no selection criteria so it is just the local area that we serve.

“My job is all about destinations and making sure that they have all got something to move forward to.

“I’m also very proud of our teaching staff who have worked incredibly hard once again. We ask a lot of our teachers and year after year they deliver.”

Yassin Seddik, 16, has his heart set on a career in engineering after picking up six A*s and seven As.

He said: “In terms of my personal achievement, it is really good. I’m more of an independent learner so a lot of the time I would stay late after school by myself and then revise at home at the weekends. The hard work has finally paid off.”

Faiso Kadiye, 16, surpassed her own expectations to secure two A*s and nine As. She is one of 120 students that will stay on at Burlington Danes to study for her A levels next year.

“I thought I was going to get a B in French so I’m very happy with the grade I got,” she said.

“I was a little bit nervous but my mum was up even earlier than me!

“I’ve really enjoyed my time and I’m looking forward to studying history at A level.”