Outstanding Destinations for 6th Form

Monday 14 September 2020


Despite the uncertainty around results, our 6th form students celebrated their day with a record-breaking number off to Oxbridge, Russell Group and Top third Universities this September.

Three quarters are going to top ranking Universities.  The majority are leaving London to great destinations including Cambridge, Exeter, Nottingham, Surrey and Sussex with a smaller number choosing London’s great universities including UCL, Kings, Brunel and Queen Mary.

Principal Alison Downey said “It is hugely rewarding to see our students taking up so many competitive places at top ranking Universities this year. We are very proud of them all, they have demonstrated a great deal of resilience over the last 6 months in these extraordinary circumstances which will undoubtedly stand them in good stead for the next chapter of their lives.

In 2018 student Lia Lothian celebrated a top set of GCSE results, taking her into the 6th form to study Geography, English Literature and Psychology. Today she scoops up A*A*A and a place at Cambridge University to study Geography. She is the first of her family to attend University. She says ‘I couldn’t have done this without the driving force of the teachers behind me. The school’s Oxbridge programme helped me realise my potential and really gave me the skills and expertise needed to win a place at Cambridge’.


Figure 1Lia in 2020


Figure 2: Lia in 2018 with her GCSE results

Maths student Thanh is also celebrating an amazing set of results with A*A*AA in Maths, Further Maths, Physics & Chemistry. Having joined the 6th form from Vietnam with little English, he has gone from strength to strength and is the first of all his classes. He now holds a place at University College London to study Maths this September.


Psychology student Tanjida Islam is celebrating an incredible AAB and a place at the University of Birmingham. Tanjida is a one of the many Ark Bursary winners within the 6th form and has been awarded £3k towards her tuition fees.  Another Bursary winner, Olivia Barnett-King celebrates ABB win and a place at Royal Holloway University to study Geology. The bursary will supply £9k of her tuition fees across the 3 years. I couldn’t have done this without everyone support; I am forever grateful!’

Figure 4 Olivia

Successes were also had with the Business BTEC students as they celebrated similar wins; Student Sharif Ahmed earned himself a DDD and a place at Exeter University studying Accounting and Finance whilst his classmate Jon Jales will study International Management at the University of Nottingham with a £9k Ark Bursary towards his tuition fees. Jon says ‘there are negative perceptions around studying BTEC courses as they are seen as the easy option because they are primarily coursework based. If anything, this has really prepared me for the University and the workplace. I have really applied myself across the last two years and today I have achieved D*D*D* (equivalent to A*A*A*) and a place at a top Russell Group University.’

Figure 5 Jon Jales


The Sixth Form open event is scheduled for November