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City of London Academy Highbury Grove celebrates GCSE results

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Pupils at City of London Academy Highbury Grove are celebrating their excellent GCSE results today (22/08).

Almost 60% achieved both English and Mathematics GCSE at Grade 4 and above (equivalent to A*-C grades).

The academy, previously Highbury Grove School, is a co-educational comprehensive secondary school for students aged 11 to 18 teaching both A-levels and BTEC courses.

Ofsted praised the school for its “swift” and “effective” improvements to teaching and pupil behaviour in its first inspection after it joined the City of London Academies Trust. The school was previously subject to special measures under its former leadership.

The City of London Academies Trust runs the City of London Corporation’s sole sponsored academies.

Clare Verga, Executive Principalof Highbury Grove said:

“These results are a testament to the hard work of students, staff and parents.

“I am very proud of all those who have been involved in this achievement and who have helped bring success back to this school.”

Andrew McMurtrie, Chair of the City of London Academies Trust, said:

“This is a fantasticachievement. Congratulations to all the students for achieving excellent GCSE results.

We will always make sure that young Londoners of all backgrounds have access to the information, advice and experiences that help them to progress into fulfilling careers.

“We wish each and every pupil all the best and hope that the our core values stay with them for many years to come.”

The City of London Corporation sponsors or co-sponsors 10 academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington and Southwark. In 2017 and 2018, Sutton Trust named the City Corporation as the UK’s best academy sponsor for empowering pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to perform above the national average, and the leading academy sponsor for Progress 8 and Attainment 8, which track pupil progress and achievement.

Notes to Editors

About the City of London Corporation:

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.

The City of London Corporation has a unique family of schools comprising one maintained primary school, 10 sponsored or co-sponsored academies in London boroughs, and three independent schools of which two are located within the Square Mile.The City of London Corporation sponsors, co-sponsors or governs the following schools:

Co-sponsored academies

O City of London Academy, Islington (co-sponsor City University)

O The City Academy, Hackney (co-sponsor KPMG)

City of London Academies Trust:

O City of London Academy (Southwark)

O Redriff Primary, City of London Academy

O Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy

O City of London Primary Academy Islington

O City of London Academy Highgate Hill

O City of London Academy Highbury Grove

O City of London Academy Shoreditch Park

O Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre City of London Academy

Local Authority maintained school:

O Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School


O City of London School

O City of London School for Girls

O City of London Freemen’s School

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