Published: 26 August, 2011
by JOSH LOEB
STUDENTS at Paddington Academy high-fived and punched the air with joy at news yesterday (Thursday) of another record haul of GCSE results, writes Josh Loeb.
Among those celebrating was 16-year-old Al-Hussain Al-Keraim, or “Al” to his friends, who achieved six A*s and four As and was one of the “top 10” students in his year.
Iraqi-born Mr Al-Keraim, who is visually impaired and hopes to become a lawyer, said he would be celebrating his achievement.
The Queen’s Park resident said: “If you are Iraqi, this is how it works. You go home and tell your parents how well you have done and they ring up everybody in Iraq, who then ring up everybody in Jordan, and all your relatives in Iraq watch the news to see if you are on it – as if you would be on Al Jazeera for getting good GCSE results – and then your family cook a massive feast.”
In total 99 per cent of pupils at the Maida Vale school achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, up from 95 per cent last year.
The academy’s mathematics results were particularly impressive with 31 per cent of students achieving either an A* or A at GCSE.
Paddington Academy principal Oli Tomlinson said: “The students celebrating today were those who started in the first year of the academy and their amazing results illustrate the positive impact that the academy has had for the local community.
“Today’s brilliant results will spur our younger students on to work hard and we look forward to celebrating the achievements of our students for many generations to come.”