Burlington Danes pupils at ease with new English exam format

Students at a school in White City have performed brilliantly in new-style English GCSEs, and impressed in several other subjects.

Burlington Danes Academy’s English results were well above the national average, with 81 per cent of students receiving at least a 4, the new pass mark.

Burlington enjoyed a 100 per cent pass rate in Latin, while the school’s religious eductions results also stood out.

Riannah Ahdain, 16, passed in all 11 subjects she took.

She said she was 'really pleased' with her results, which included: a 9 in English literature; an 8 in English language; ans As in sociology, geography, chemistry and French. She plans to take French, biology and psychology next year.

Lujayn Nour also excelled in core subjects, picking up a 9 in English literature, a 7 in English language and an 8 in maths.

An 8 is equivalent to an A*, while a 9 is even higher. Other subjects are expected to start using the new grading system within the next two years.

Lujayn also got A*s in religious education, geography and Arabic, and As in economics, sociology, chemistry, physics and biology. The 16-year-old’s results were higher than she expected and enable her to stay on at Burlington to study maths, economics and psychology in the sixth form.

Fellow 16-year-old Alfie Harris was another to shine. He received an 8s in maths and English literature, a 6 in English language, and an A* in RE.

He wants to become a tailor after he completes A-levels in philosophy & ethics, art and maths.

Brittany Archibald, 16, also passed in all 10 of her subjects, her results including a 7 in English language with a distinction in speaking and listening.

While Abubakar Baldo, also 16, obtained an 8 in both maths and English literature, an A* in chemistry, As in French and geography.

“I expected lower, I’m happy with this,” he said after being offered a place to study maths, chemistry and economics at Burlington in the autumn.

“I’m very pleased with our results”, said headteacher Michael Ribton.

“Our English results are very strong, and I’m delighted for students carrying on with English into the sixth form.

“It’s the first year of the reformed GCSEs in English and maths. Undoubtedly, students need to work harder, learn more, study more content and write much more in the exam, and that’s a shift, not just for students but for staff as well.

“I’m really proud of the way students and staff have stepped up.”

Burlington has offered places to a number of those whose schools were affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

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