City Academy Hackney students praised for “excellent” GCSE results

Following months of virtual and in-person classes during the COVID pandemic, students at City Academy Hackney have been celebrating their GCSE results today.

The students achieved a 71% pass rate at grades 4 and above for English and Maths and 48% at grades 5 and above for English and Maths.

Some of the top performing students include:

David Williams - nine Grade 9s and a grade 7

Umar Ali - seven grades 9s, a grade 8 and a grade 7

Abbie Meadowcroft - six grade 9s, three grade 8s and a grade 7s

Kunbi Sokunbi - three grade 9s, four grade 8s and three grade 7s

Principal of City Academy Hackney, Mark Malcolm, said:

"Students have achieved excellent GCSE results and have responded with great resolve to overcome the disrupted education of the past sixteen months.

“Never before has a cohort of KS4 students had so much of their learning time interrupted, and this makes their achievements all the more impressive."

Chair of the City of London Academies Trust Board, Tijs Broeke, said:

“The students at City Academy Hackney should be delighted with their GCSE results today, not just because their hard work and determination has been reflected in their grades, but also for coping with the huge challenges presented by the COVID pandemic.

“My colleagues and I at the City of London Academies Trust Board send our warmest wishes and congratulations to the students, and our immense gratitude to the dedicated teaching staff.”

City Academy Hackney is a member of the City of London Academies Trust, which runs the City of London Corporation’s sponsored academies. The City of London Corporation sponsors 10 Academies across Hackney, Newham, Islington, and Southwark.

The City Corporation has been named twice by social mobility charity, Sutton Trust, 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.



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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 Family of Schools has one maintained primary school and 10 sponsored Academies in neighbouring boroughs. It also supports three independent schools.

The City of London Corporation sponsors or governs the following schools:

City of London Academies Trust:

City of London Academy (Southwark)

Redriff Primary, City of London Academy

Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy

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

The City Academy, Hackney (co-sponsor KPMG)

City of London Primary Academy Islington

City of London Academy Highgate Hill

City of London Academy Highbury Grove

City of London Academy Shoreditch Park

Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre City of London Academy

Local Authority maintained school:

The Aldgate School


City of London School

City of London School for Girls

City of London Freemen’s School