A Level Results Day 2022
Wednesday 24 August 2022
Year 13 students were thrilled after securing high marks today and will head to top universities and destinations. Average grades at A Level were BBB Or Distinction, Distinction, Merit for BTEC qualifications.
In 2019, Andria Kamil was made homeless, and when she was rehoused, she travelled from Walthamstow to Ark Putney every day. With support from teachers and her peers she attained excellent GCSE results. Today, Andria celebrates ABB in History, Psychology, and Sociology and is preparing to study Law at City University. Andria is also a recipient of Marshall Wace bursary worth £9ooo. Andria said, “This has been one of the biggest character development opportunities for me. I can honestly say I have learnt a lot about myself through my journey at Ark Putney. I experienced extreme economic struggles during my GCSEs having joined the school as a student with English as an additional language. My head of year really navigated me through this, and staff have continued to support me into 6th form, making me feel comfortable, safe and valued. I have built relationships here with people I won’t ever forget.”
Zuhoor Haibe has been living with an inoperable tumour that affects health and vision (she is legally blind in one eye) for years. She has overcome a tremendous number of barriers to win a place at SOAS to study International Development and will be supported with a £9ooo Marshall Wace bursary. Zuhoor received ABB in Geography, Media and Sociology. Zuhoor said, “I appreciate all the support Ark Putney has given me. I put so much hard work in and my teachers really helped get me over the line. I can’t wait to study my course and pursue a career within humanitarian aid."
Aleissa Matibag is the first generation in her family to head to university. Aleissa studied Psychology, Biology, French, and Spanish and gained AABB grades. She will study Psychology at the UCL. Aleissa said, “Ark Putney supported me so much in helping me learn English. If I didn’t have this I don’t think I would have had the tools to unlock my learning in the way that I did.”
Rand El-Shebli is one of the Marshall Wace £9000 scholarship winners and achieved ABB. She is off to study Psychology at Queen Marys University. She says, "the scholarship is going to be so beneficial in helping me focus on my studies. I will be able to spend my time volunteering for healthcare placements during my studies too which will be really enriching."
Santiago Castillo is the first generation in his family to head to university. He was on Ark’s Professional Pathway programme studying BTEC Sport and a Spanish A level and achieved Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction and an A in Spanish. He will now attend the University of Bath to study Sports Science. Santiago said, “Challenge yourself and take risks. I can’t wait for university, particularly the chance to be independent, meet new people and broaden my horizons.”
Nagma Abdi has overcome many challenges. Initially arriving to the UK as a humanitarian refugee having fled civil war across Somalia and Ethiopia, Nagma battled huge barriers in her speech and language development. Nagma didn’t let this deter her, and with the support of her teachers celebrates grades ABC in Psychology, Sociology, and Media. Nagma is the first in her family to attend university and will study Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics. She says, "my advice to any students struggling with their mindset is that change is inevitable, but growth is optional – I’m proof that it can be done.”
Alfie Astley is the first in his family to go to university, having gained A*AA in Maths, Geography and Art. He will head to Loughborough University to study Graphic Design. He’s been an exemplar student and provided outstanding contributions to the school throughout his time at Ark Putney. Alfie has been the school’s resident marketeer and graphic designer for the past three years. Alfie creates logos, branding, signage, and newsletters and covers a range of events with photography. Recently Matt Neuberger, Principal of Ark Soane, commissioned him to design branding for the new school opening which launched last year. Alfie leaves Ark Putney having designed the ‘Ark Putney is 10 Years Old’ logo, which will be transformed into a pin badge for each child in the school for September. Alfie said: “Throughout my time at APA I have been supported to pursue and engage with my academic and extracurricular passions. The opportunity to work as the school’s design and marketing manager has been such a brilliant way of preparing me for the next step of studying graphic design at university.”
Kasey Carew will jet off to a Level 4 Project Management apprenticeship with British Airways. She studied the Ark Professional Pathways BTEC Business programme which works in partnership with a range of employers. She said, “I have always been really keen to get into the workplace and gain qualifications on the job. This apprenticeship allows me to build on my business knowledge but also gives me the opportunity to travel the world! I can’t wait.”
Ms Downey said: “I am really proud of the students at APA. This cohort have never sat formal exams before as they missed out on the GCSE experience. Despite this they conducted themselves with real maturity during the exam season and have reaped the rewards of their hard work today.”