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The Totteridge Academy repeats GCSE success

Students and staff at The Totteridge Academy are celebrating following the release of today’s GCSE results, which consolidate last year’s spectacular improvements.

This summer, 67% of students achieved a good pass in both English and maths, under this year’s new GCSE grading structure.

77% of students achieved a Grade 4 or higher in maths and 74% in English. A third gained the highest grades of 9-7, equivalent to the old A* or A grade, in maths.

There were some particularly impressive individual achievements from students, including:

  • Thomas Pearce, who achieved six 9s and four 8s;

  • Alexandra Saitos, who achieved 9 and 8 in English Literature and Language – this was despite English being her second language;

  • Freddie De Naeyer, who achieved five 9s and four 8s.  

Chris Fairbairn, Principal of The Totteridge Academy, said:

“I would like to congratulate our students on their fantastic GCSE grades today. Their hard work has paid off and these results consolidate our massive jump last year and prove that this success can be sustained and built upon. There are some wonderful individual results and it was a privilege to be with our students when they discovered how well they have done.

“We have worked hard to create a collaborative learning environment where every individual student feels supported and it is great to see this reflected in the results today. This hasn’t been achieved overnight but is something that has developed here at The Totteridge Academy over the last few years and I am proud of the contribution made by the staff, by the local community and, most importantly, by the students.”

Alexandra Saitos said of her results:

“I would like to thank my teachers; getting a 9 in English Literature was an incredible surprise! It has been a challenging year but at the same time it was a pleasure to study and I was always looking forward to going home and reading the set work. I am incredibly happy.”

Freddie De Naeyer, who achieved five 9s and four 8s, said:

“I can’t believe all the 8s and 9s I’ve got! Thank you to all the teachers for helping. It was worth the effort and hard work – it’s been an amazing five years! I am excited to have got into my college of choice and am looking forward to it, but I’ll miss TTA of course!”

One of the parents, Mrs Pearce, said:

“You’ve got an amazing set of staff here, they’re so encouraging and helpful and he could not have done it without them. I am really glad we sent him here five years ago.  I genuinely don’t think he could have done better at any other school.”


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