Exams and Results

At City of London Academy Islington we pride ourselves in having high aspirations of all pupils, regardless of their starting point. Our culture of high expectations and pursuit of excellence, combined with outstanding teaching means that our students consistently outperform national averages.

This year was no exception with our GCSE students, on average, performing half a grade higher than national expectations in all subjects. Of all the GCSE grades awarded 159 were at grade 7 or above. Two students achieved either a grade 8 or 9 in every subject and ten students achieved at least six grades of 7 or above.


Attainment 8

Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications, including English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, history, geography, modern foreign languages and 3 other GCSE or Level 2 BTEC qualifications. In 2020 our Attainment 8 score was 48.94 - an improvement in performance compared to last year (2019) where our Attainment 8 score was 41.1


English and Maths GCSEs

  • A grade 4 is considered to be a standard pass and a grade 5 to be a strong pass.
  • 86 pupils (72%) achieved a grade 4 or better in both English and Maths GCSEs

  • 51 pupils (43%) achieved a grade 5 or better in both English and Maths GCSEs

English

  • 104 pupils (87%) achieved a grade 4 or better in their English GCSE.
  • 70 pupils (58%) achieved a grade 5 or better in their English GCSE.

Maths

  • 89 pupils (74%) achieved a grade 4 or better in their Maths GCSE.
  • 61 pupils (51%) achieved a grade 5 or better in their Maths GCSE.

English Baccalaureate

A pupil is considered to have ‘achieved’ the English Baccalaureate if they achieved a grade 4 or better in the following subjects: English, maths, the sciences, a language and either history or geography.

  • 34% of our students achieved the English Baccalaureate at a grade 4 or higher.

  • 19% of our students achieved the English Baccalaureate at a grade 5 or higher.

Sixth Form

Our culture of high aspirations is also evident throughout the sixth form. Students are supported and challenged to be the best they can be and last year 84% of sixth form students progressed to higher education in order to continue their educational studies, with many securing places at prestigious Russell Group institutions on highly regarded academic courses. The remaining students choosing to seek employment or undertake apprenticeships.