Results newly released by the Department for Education show that students at Rivers Academy, West London, achieved higher grades than similar pupils in other schools nationally, doing better than any previous exam cohort at the school.
Students sitting GCSE exams in 2023 faced numerous challenges, not least the closure of schools through the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021. During these periods the school worked closely to facilitate home learning. Upon re-opening, staff were keenly focused on providing a programme of tutoring to ensure disadvantaged pupils in particular, had the best possible chance of success.
In a year when grade boundaries returned to pre pandemic norms, students’ results exceeded those recorded in 2019: 69% secured a Grade 4 or higher in English and Maths (63% in 2019), and 51% secured a Grade 5 or higher in English and Maths (40% in 2019).
Principal Luke Homer is delighted, commenting:
‘These are a truly exceptional set of results and testament to the hard work and endeavour of our wonderful students and brilliant staff. For us to achieve the best results in the history of the Academy and consequently massively enhance the life chances and career opportunities for our students makes us exceptionally proud. It is worth taking a moment to consider the context in which these results have been achieved – these young people had their education completely disrupted by the Covid pandemic with most being unable to attend large chunks of school due to multiple lockdowns; however, they were supported all the way through their time at Rivers by our dedicated and caring team of staff who not only value academic excellence, but also understand the importance of rigorous pastoral support and an all round education. We are very happy to have welcomed many of our successful Year 11 students back into our excellent Sixth Form and look forward to guiding them in their ambitious next steps.”
One of those returning to take A levels at Rivers Academy is Keyla da Cruz Kardoso who bagged two Grade 7s, four Grade 8s and three Grade 9s at GCSE. Now studying Maths, Physics and Business, she hopes to go on to university:
‘I would like to thank all the staff at Rivers Academy who have supported me and helped me to reach my personal best. They believed in me even at a time when I didn’t believe in myself.’
Applications to the sixth form at Rivers Academy have risen sharply, a matter of considerable pride for Vice Principal, Alex Dixon:
“We’ve seen a big increase in students joining our 6th form. It’s an indication that Rivers is trusted to provide the very best for their continuing journey in education.”