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Transformed Islington Academy cements its progress with impressive A-level scores

The City of London Academy Islington is celebrating a third successive year of impressive A-level results with a pass rate of 100% and more students than ever accepted to university.

Today, 70% of students secured A*-C grades and 87% achieved a distinction for the business BTEC. Notable pupil successes include Winfred Freeman who achieved A* in biology, A in English Literature and B in history. She will go on to study neuroscience at Kings College London.

The majority of students have already secured a place in higher education, with many students taking prestigious courses including in the sciences and English literature. The City of London Academy Islington, which is sponsored by the City of London Corporation and City University London, was opened in 2009, and replaced the beleaguered Islington Green School.

Since 2012, under the new leadership of Principal Clare Verga, the once failing academy has progressed year on year, with the 2014 Ofsted inspection grading the school as “Good” overall and “Outstanding” for leadership and management.

Clare Verga, Principal at the City of London Academy Islington, commented: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted by the high levels of achievement and excellent progress of our sixth form students. These results reflect on-going improvements at the Academy and of our successful and vibrant sixth form. They mark a significant improvement on previous years and are the best the Academy has ever achieved. I am very proud of our students and our staff and offer my congratulations to all those who have played a part in today’s outstanding results.”

Catherine McGuinness, Chairman of the Education Board at sponsors, City of London Corporation, added: “The Academy is a real success story and an indication of excellent teaching and leadership. Today’s impressive A-level results will ensure the students go on to higher education or vocational training, and secure the careers of their choice. We look forward to working with the next cohort of sixth formers.”

Eamon Martin, Director of Educational Relationship at sponsors, City University London and Chair of the Academy's governing body, said: “Many congratulations to our students who can be proud of their performances. We wish them well for their future achievements.”

Ms Jacob, Vice Principal and Director of Sixth Form, added: “We are delighted by the results achieved by our students. These grades are a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our students and their teachers. The vast majority of our students are intending to progress to university and most will be one of the first generation of their family to do so. We wish them every success in their future studies.”

The City of London Corporation sponsors three City Academies – Hackney, Islington and Southwark.