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Year 6 Open Evening

On Thursday, October 4th Walthamstow Academy opened its doors and welcomed prospective Year 6 students and their parents to Open Evening. Over the course of the evening we welcomed in excess of nine hundred visitors who were able to see demonstrations of our core values first hand. Visitors entered the academy to the sounds of talented musicians from Years 7 to 11, were able to meet and listen to our Principal, Emma Skae, and were taken on tours of the academy by our fantastic Sixth Formers. Feedback from visitors was incredibly positive with many parents and future students excitedly talking about September 2019 already! If you missed Open Evening but would like the opportunity to see our academy please email info@walthamstow-academy.org to register for one of our Open Mornings on October 8th, 10th or 11th.

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WA Celebrates Best Ever GCSE Results

This summer, students at Walthamstow Academy received their GCSE results which were the school’s highest yet.

75% of students achieved five or more 9-4/A*-C grades including English and Maths, under this year’s new GCSE grading structure. This beats the academy’s previous best performance in equivalent grades.

The majority of those celebrating have joined the academy’s thriving Sixth Form which,this summer, also celebrated another strong set of A Level results.

Those who celebrated included:

Harith Ahmed who is now studying at Walthamstow Academy Sixth Form next year. His results included a 9, 8, 8, A and a double distinction*.

He said: “I am overwhelmed with the results I received; certainly better than I could have expected. Revision was very important.”

Omayma Bouaziz achieved 8 GCSEs (including a 9 and three grade 8s) and a double Distinction*.

She said: “I have enjoyed my time here and with these results I realise that all my hard work has paid off”.

Varsha Paheerathan achieved eight GCSEs, including a 9, an 8 and two grade 7s, and also a double Distinction* at BTEC.

She said: “I couldn’t have got these grades without the teachers at Walthamstow Academy and my hard work.”

Manel Arab achieved nine GCSEs including a 9 and six grade 8s.

She said: “I am so pleased with my results and grateful that all my hard work paid off. I am also grateful to my teachers who gave their time and helped me to get to where I am. I am pleased that I can move forwards with more opportunities and, more importantly, with confidence in myself. Hard work breeds success”.

Amjad Butt achieved a 9, two 8s, an A, four 7s and double Distinction* at BTEC.

He said: “With hard work and determination, you are granted success”.

Megan Hayes achieved a 9, five 8s, two 7s and a 6 at GCSE.

She said: “The staff have been the greatest support and have helped me exceed beyond my expectations”.  


Speaking about the results in August, Emma Skae, Principal of Walthamstow Academy, said:

“I am very pleased with these results and for the students who have done so well today. They have always been a lovely year group and it has been a delight today to see them open their results.”

“I am particularly pleased that we will be welcoming so many of them into our Sixth Form in September as it continues to go from strength to strength. The role that our staff play in encouraging our students to do their best is significant and I would like to thank and congratulate them on their vital contribution to our success.”


Students Celebrate Continued A Level Success

A Level results day saw students and staff at Walthamstow Academy celebrating with the academy continuing to build on its strong track record.

Over 40% of the Sixth Formers have now be taken up places at Russell Group universities this autumn, with others going on to their first choice of university or other forms of further and higher education.

15% of its A Level entries were awarded the highest A*/A grades, 42% A*-B and 67% A*-C. For vocational qualifications, 82% were awarded Distinction*/Distinction.

Some of those celebrating included:

The academy’s Head Prefect, Sharon (L), who is now completing a BA in Education Studies at Middlesex University, having achieved a double Distinction* at BTEC and an A Level in Psychology.  She said:

“It’s been a rollercoaster, but hey – I made it. I’m thankful to all the teachers for their tremendous support”.

Daveon (R), one of the academy’s two Head Boys, who achieved a double Distinction* at BTEC and a Biology A Level, has now taken up a place at Brunel University to study Sport and Exercise Science. He said:

“If you work hard you can go anywhere.”

Thas (L), who achieved A, A, C and is now at Queen Mary, University of London studying Economics.  He said:

“Hard work and dedication paves the path to success.”

Blenard (M) who achieved A*, A, B and is now at UCL studying Architecture. He said:

“The hard work, stress and determination all paid off in the end. I want to personally thank my teachers for putting up with me and being there when I needed them most”.

Rashaan, who is now studying Psychology at Brunel, having achieved Double Distinction* Distinction at BTEC and an A Level in Psychology, and was also awarded a scholarship to attend. He said:

“Walthamstow Academy has been a series of life lessons, achievements and overwhelming joy. I’ve been a part of the Academy cohort for 7 years and I’ve grown from a shy and passive character to a well-known sports role model and very opinionated individual. It is like I have been practically raised here and now I move on to the next chapter of my life…adulthood”.


Asher, the academy’s other Head Boy, who achieved great results and is now at York studying Politics. He said:

“With the right support from our teachers and friends, I’m very pleased to be going to a Russell Group University. My advice to next year’s cohort would be to listen to your teachers, use independent study periods and relax and have a break throughout the Academic year”.

Speaking about the results on the day, Emma Skae, Principal of Walthamstow Academy, said:

“I am extremely pleased for our students who are celebrating today. Over the past few years our ambition for our Sixth Formers has grown and we now see many more accepting places at Russell Group universities to study the subjects that employers value the most.

“Many of these students have been with us since Year 7 and it is always a pleasure to see them mature as learners and ultimately achieve far more than they would have thought possible when they were younger. But we also attract students from other schools, who come to Walthamstow Academy because they are impressed by our Sixth Form and know how much our students enjoy their time here.

“Talking to our students today, it is lovely to hear how significant Walthamstow Academy has been to their lives over the past seven years. We are a close-knit school and I know that their success will be appreciated by our younger students who will share our pride in what they have achieved.”

Thought for the Week

‘Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.'

Martin Luther King Jr.

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