Olympian Spirit Shown by SFX A Level Superstars
(l-r) Kasia Viggor, Samantha Harris and Samantha Figueira Jesus, all former Notre Dame Girls' High School, have 11 A*/A grades between them! Kasia is going to Southampton University to study Economics and Maths, Samantha Harris is going to University College London to study Economics, Maths and Spanish, and Samantha Figueira Jesus is going to City University to study Psychology.
In a year when the whole nation has been striving to perform higher, stronger or faster, the A Level students of St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College have a lot to be proud of if this year’s examination results are anything to go by.
Here is A Level student Jennifer Olayinka meeting VC medal recipient Johnson Beharry back in March 2012 at a Careers fair at SFX. Later in the summer after the exams were over Jennifer was filmed by the Guardian newspaper collecting her results. Did she get into university? Follow this link to find out: Jennifer Olayinka filmed by Guardian
With a massive 99% pass rate, the vast majority of the 500+ A Level students will be able to take up their places at their first-choice universities. Top A*-B grades held steady at 40%.
SFX’s star student this year is Laura Kacoutie (ex-Virgo Fidelis Convent School), who scored a huge 40 points in the International Baccalaureate, the equivalent of over 4 A* grades at A Level. Laura will be taking up her place at Queen Mary College, London University, to study Law.
Other students who achieved the very highest grades were ex-Harris Academy Crystal Palace student Cassandra Kyeyune (A*, A*, A, A), ex-The Green School, Middlesex student Shanelle Best (A*, A*, A, B), former Notre Dame High School students Samantha Figueira Jesus (A*, A, A, A), Samantha Harris (A*, A*, A, B) and Kasia Viggor (A, A, A, A), and ex-St Michael’s RC School student Cuihua Zhao (A*, A*, A, B).
A Level student Jennifer Olayinka was filmed by the Guardian newspaper as she opened her results at SFX – follow this link to find out if she got into university Jennifer Olayinka filmed by Guardian
One student, Isaac Dogboe (ex-Stockwell Park School), had to interrupt his A Level studies to compete in the Olympics! Isaac, 17, was a member of the Ghanaian boxing squad and lost narrowly (10-9) to a Japanese opponent on the judges’ verdict. “My opponent was a lot taller than me and I learnt a lot – I’ll be back for Rio in 2016!”
SFX Principal Stella Flannery commented, “The young people of South London had a very bad press last year and the good results this summer are a great tribute to the hard work and dedication of SFX students and staff, who have proved that they are very much up to the challenge in an increasingly competitive world.”
Out of 34 A Level subjects, 100% pass rates were achieved in Art, Graphic Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Computing, Dance, Drama, Economics, English Language, English Language & Literature, Film Studies, French, Geography, German, History, Italian, Japanese, Media Studies, Performance Studies, Physics, Politics, Portuguese, Religious Studies, Spanish and Turkish.
In the BTEC National Extended Diploma, there were strong performances in most areas, notably in Business Studies, where 38 out of 50 students obtained the Triple Distinction*/Distinction grade – the equivalent of 3 A* or A grades at A Level! The BTEC courses offer an alternative route to university. Kirsty Katungi obtained a triple Distinction*on the course and will be taking up her place at King’s College, London to study International Business after a gap year.