Students at the City of London Academy Hackney celebrated today after achieving a truly exceptional set of results. 82% achieved 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Mathematics – 20% above the national average. 91% achieved 5 or more A*-C grades overall and 66% achieved the English Baccalaureate. 30% achieved 5 or more A*-A grades.
This is the first cohort of students at the school to reach GCSE age. The results represent a significant value added from the students’ entrance grades. The City of London Academy Hackney serves two of the most deprived wards in Hackney and has a high proportion of students from ethnic minority backgrounds with English as a second language. A third of students have special educational needs and most students join the school with below average levels of attainment.
As noted by Ofsted, five years ago – on the site of what was deemed to be a failing school – the founding team of teachers and the academy’s joint sponsors – KPMG and the City of London Corporation, “provided the early vision and direction for the academy”. Five years on and they “remain fully committed to the achievement and well-being of students.” This is clear by English Baccalaureate results three times better than the national average.
Speaking as the results were announced, Principal Mark Emmerson commented: “We have a motto at The City Academy Hackney: Values and Success. It embodies our belief that good values and hard work are the building blocks of real and lasting accomplishment. Our students have embraced these values; they are a fine group of well-mannered, kind and industrious young people who will go on to great things. These results are a fair and true reflection of the efforts and abilities of our students and, of course, the huge investment made by their families, our staff and our sponsors.”
The Academy is sponsored by the City of London Corporation and KPMG. Speaking on behalf of the Corporation, Deputy Catherine McGuinness said, ““We are very proud of how hard the students at our schools have worked, and we are delighted that this hard work has translated into tangible results which will enable them to pursue the A levels and further qualifications of their choice. We wish the students well, and look forward to their continued success in the sixth form.”