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Pupils celebrate GCSE and A level success
Pupils came together at Elvin’s first awards evening to celebrate some great GCSE and A level results. Prizes were awarded for all subjects based on outstanding effort and achievement, with special prizes awarded for pupils who demonstrated our motto – magna aude – through integrity, courage, community, and mastery.
GCSE prize winners included Regina with 7A* grades, Olufunke with 5A*s and 5As, and Kristof, whose 3A*s included English Literature despite him speaking only a few words of English at the start of the course two years ago – an achievement that has now earned him coverage in newspapers from the Guardian and Independent to Hungary Today!
A level awardees included pupils going on to study at top universities including Birmingham, King’s College, and Loughborough, following an increase in pupils achieving at least three A level passes, from 74% to 89%.
At GCSE, our modern foreign languages pupils led the way, with 95% achieving an A*-C in Spanish, and 90% in French. Overall, 34% of students got 5 A*-C including English and maths. Almost a third of these (10% of all pupils) attained the Ebacc qualification. 56% of the pupils made the expected progress in maths from primary shool to their GCSEs, and 68% in English.
Two of our outstanding GCSE pupils are profiled below:
Kristof – “I can see the world in another language”
Kristof gained A*s in English Literature, maths and geography, 3 more As, a B and 2 Cs. His achievement is all the more impressive as he began his GCSEs two years ago without being able to speak or write more than a few words in English, having grown up in Hungary.
“I started GCSEs without actually having much English knowledge, and during those years I’ve been working extra hard. I started by memorising 30 to 40 words each day and practised speaking, writing, because it wasn’t easy. In the second year I stayed at school until seven o'clock sometimes.”
The support from teachers at Elvin who stayed late to provide after school lessons has inspired Kristof to pursue a career in teaching himself: “I would like to become maybe a maths teacher. I like to help other people, and I think the greatest asset you can give to a person is knowledge.”
Kristof already got some good experience of teaching by providing tutoring to primary school pupils over the summer holidays.
He says that coming to England and studying at Ark Elvin “gave me a completely different perspective to the world, it’s very different, in a positive way. I can see the world in another language basically.”
Olufunke – “The whole school is a lot calmer…I’ve been advised to go to Cambridge”
Olufunke got a brilliant set of results in her GCSEs, getting an incredible 5 A*s and 5 As.
She has been at Elvin for several years, and has seen how it changed in the last year when it joined Ark:
“The whole school is a lot calmer. You always used hear about fights but now you don’t anymore. Classes used to be disrupted by fire alarms going off, but not now.”
The school is helping Olufunke to pursue her ambition to become a doctor or a teacher: “I’d like to study either medicine or psychology but I’m still not sure. I’ve been advised to go to Cambridge because they focus on science-y things but I’m also looking towards UCL and Imperial because they are pretty good at medicine.”
As well as visiting top universities such as Cambridge, Olufunke also volunteers at her local primary school, Brentfield, providing support and mentoring to younger children.
“The children are all 11 and I just loved working with them. I wasn’t really hands on at first, I was just covering the books and things like that, but then I also got to help out during lunchtimes and break times. At the end of the two weeks, when they were doing art projects, we were leading them.”
The time spent has sparked a passion for teaching: “I think I want to go to one of those schools where they got kicked out of normal schools, because of their behaviour. I think they're called a PRU (Pupil Referral Unit). I’d love the challenge, I think that they're not bad children, they're just misunderstood, and if you get the right person to help them, it can change their lives.”