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The Academy of St Francis of Assisi achieve positive GCSE results

Students from The Academy of St Francis of Assisi (ASFA), Kensington, returned to school today (Thursday 24 August) to collect their GCSE exam results.

Emotions were high as students opened their envelopes amongst family, friends and staff.

The academy, which is part of All Saints Multi Academy Trust, saw students achieve a wide range of results opening the door to the next stage of their education.

With over 50 different languages spoken in the school, it is no surprise that students performed well in these subjects, with Bonsu Williams Osie and David Amos both gaining a grade 9 in Italian. Jan Russel Balanes achieved a 9 in Spanish and Sila Yoztyurk achieved a grade 9 in Turkish.

Many students will go on to study A-level and BTEC courses, with some heading to All Saints Sixth Form College in Garston.

There were some notable successes such as head girl, Annaelle Mbolokele, who achieved 10 GCSEs including eight 9s in biology, chemistry, English literature, English language, French, history, sociology, religious studies and two 8s in maths and physics. 

She is going to study biology, chemistry, mathematics, and psychology at A-level. Annaelle said: “I am speechless at my results. I worked really hard, and I am so happy my hard work paid off. I really want to do something with STEM in the future and possibly a career in medicine.”

Precious Joda received 10 GCSEs with seven 6s and three 7s. She is planning to study the sciences at A-levels.

Niota Mupingu obtained 10 GCSEs including a grade 9 in French and a Level 2 distinction in performing arts.

Leila Ahmed achieved a 9 in mathematics along with three 7s in biology, chemistry and physics, allowing her to proceed to study maths and science at A-level.

Head boy, Mazen Daham achieved A* for Arabic A-level, and 10 GCSEs including 8s for religious studies and sociology, two 7s, two 6s and two 5s. He plans to study science at A-level and hopes to become a doctor in the future.

He said: “Thank you very much for the support. I am excited to see what the future holds.”

Fellow student, Mariam Suleiman gained 10 GCSEs including four 7s and six 6s. She also plans to study science at A-level.

Hassan Askar gained 10 GCSEs with three 7s in Science, and 6s in maths and geography.

Students also performed particularly well in various BTEC Tech awards with high grades in drama, sports studies and ICT.

Stefan Cornea and Thomas McAdam achieved Level 2 distinction in ICT. Muneer Nagi and Xander Heaton gained a Level 2 distinction in sports studies.

Headteacher, Jo Leech, said: “Although it is for the last time, it was wonderful to see our Year 11 students back in school. GCSE results day can be a stressful time for everyone, but today’s results prove that despite everything, our students have shown dedication and resilience throughout their journey with us.

“Well done to ASFA’s class of 2023 and we wish you all the best for the next chapter of your lives.”

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