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Students celebrate 99% GCSE pass rate at City of London Academy Highgate Hill

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The hard work of pupils at City of London Academy Highgate Hill paid off today (22/08) as students gained a 99% pass rate in their GCSE results.

58% of pupils at the academy received Grade 4+ in English and maths (equivalent to A*- C Grades)

This year 10% more students achieved grades 5 and above compared to last year. Since the school became an academy sponsored by the City of London Corporation, the number of students achieving a ‘strong pass’ has increased by nearly 20%.

The school opened as a mixed, all-ability, non-denominational academy in September 2017, inheriting students in years 8 to 11 from what was previously, Mount Carmel Catholic College for Girls.

The school was adopted into the City of London Academies Trust, which runs the City of London Corporation’s sole sponsored academies, in 2018.

Prince Gennuh, Principal of City of London Academy Highgate Hill, said:

“We havestrong values and high expectations of our pupils.

“Students have worked exceptionally hard with our dedicated staff this year, and it is rewarding to see that their determination has paid off.

“We want to develop highly qualified and skilled young adults who achieve to the best of their ability and go onto support their local and global community.

“Congratulations and to all students and we wish them the very best of luck in the next chapterof their lives.”

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

“Congratulations to all the students for achieving their GCSE results.

Together we are committed to providing access to world-class education and learning opportunities.

“I hope the students will be able to make the most of the experience that they have had during their time at the school, and use it in the career path of their choice.”

Case studies

Klaudia Mitigate

English Literature – 7

English Language – 5

Maths – 8

Biology – 8

Physics – 8

Chemistry – 9

Religious Studies – 8

Art -7

Drama – 6

Polish – 9

Klaudia was a casual transfer and joined us in Year 8. Klaudia was born in Poland and when she joined us her spoken English was quite limited. But she had a wonderful eagerness to learn. As a result of her tenacity her language quickly developed.She made friends easily and soon became a valued member of the school community. Her efforts were rewarded when she was elected as a student prefect in Year 10.Klaudia was also awarded as the 2018 MiSST Musician of the Year and was presented with her award and a new violin by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Yanet Alemu


English Literature – 6

English Language – 8

Maths – 8

Biology – 8

Physics- 8

Chemistry – 9

Religious Studies – 9

Geography – 9

French – 7

Yanet has spent the entirety of her secondary education with us. Her dedication to her academic studies has been unwavering and she has aimed for excellence since the very beginning.Her contributions to academy life have set a great example to our younger student body. In recognition of this Yanet was elected as a student prefect in Year 10.

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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