Summer Success at SPWT Sixth Form (2017)


This summer St Paul’s Way Trust Sixth Formers secured the best A level results in the school’s history. A staggering 98% are moving on to university pathways with the remaining 2% accessing high-quality school leaver programmes. Approximately 60% of students secured places at Russell Group Universities and 67% of our students are going on to study STEM subjects. Amongst many other success stories were Naziur Kabya who secured a place at Cambridge University to read Mechanical Engineering and Enas Al Suhaibani who has gone on to study medicine at Aberdeen University.

Grahame Price, Executive Headteacher and CEO of the University School’s Trust, said:

'The exceptional success of our VI Form students is a direct result of each and every student working very hard indeed alongside the determined and holistic support that they receive from their teachers, tutors and other staff working in close partnership with parents/carers'

Some further outstanding individual results of our students:
Naziur Kabya, 3 A*s (Cambridge University- Mechanical Engineering)
Ayesha Begum, 2 A*s and 1 A (QMUL - International Relations)
Zahidul Islam, 3 A*s and 1 A (KCL - Chemistry)
Maryam Ali Awadh, A* and 2 As (QMUL - International Relations)
Azhar Ahmed, A* and 2 As (KCL - Mathematics and Statistics)
Fateha Choudhury, 2 A and 1 B (UCL – Geography)

Outstanding GCSE results

Our Year 11 students secured an outstanding set of results this summer despite being the first cohort to undertake the new reformed GCSEs with a 1-9 grading system in English and Mathematics. The school has, once again, achieved record breaking results with student progress way above the national average.

Top performers included Doreen Baroi, who achieved the new top grade 9s in English Language, Literature and Mathematics. Doreen, who also obtained six A* grades in her other subjects secured her place as one of the top performing GCSE students in the country. Other exceptional successes included, Humayra Ahmed Jannath, who secured two grade 9s, one grade 8 and six A*s, Rashel Ahmed, who achieved one 9, two grade 8s and four A*s and Nasmin Uddin, who attained an amazing eleven A-A* grades.

The proportion of St Paul's Way Graduates obtaining the English Baccalaureate has once again increased which positions this year's cohort as one of the highest achieving schools in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and East London. In addition, the proportion of students achieving the top grades, (9-7) in English or English Literature, now sits well above the national average.

Mr Akerman, Headteacher, said:

“It is a real privilege to have seen this year group mature and grow over the last five years and I am delighted that their hard work has paid off. I join together with other SPWT colleagues in celebrating their incredible success which was achieved against a back drop of uncertainty from the most recent curriculum reforms”.

Golden Group Visit to Jamie's Farm and Royal Visit

At the end of last term a group of Year 7 pupils went on a week long residential to Jamie’s Farm in Hereford. The group had a fabulous time working with the animals, gardening, cooking and going on long walks in the glorious summer sunshine.

The week culminated in a visit from HRH the Duchess of Cornwall who is a patron of the charity that runs Jamie’s Farm. Our pupils had the opportunity to meet the Duchess and to share with her the highlights of their week on the farm.

Everybody who came into contact with the pupils was very impressed by their behaviour and commented on how they had been fantastic ambassadors for St Paul's Way Trust School and their families.

Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out Challenge’ - Regional Finals

2017 Jack Petchey Award Winners

2017 Jack Petchey Award Winners

The Jack Petchey ‘Speak Out Challenge’ regional finals took place on Monday the 27th at Bishop Challoner. The evening saw students from 14 schools in the Borough competing for a place at the next stage of the contest. The competition was intense, all the students gave remarkable performances with their powerful, moving and uplifting speeches.  It was to the credit of our two students, Milly (My Mum and Me) and Sadia (What will you do: Climate Change) to have reached this level.  Both gave exceptional speeches with Milly taking second place and being asked to be part of the judging panel at next year’s event!  Congratulations to Milly and Sadia.

The Award Winner Presentation Evening took place on the 16th of March. The evening celebrated the hard work and success of students and staff alike who won awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. It was a wonderful evening with music, proud parents and prizes. It was also a great pleasure to see our former colleague, Tyrone, collecting his staff award.

National High School Model United Nations Conference in New York, USA

Nine St Paul’s Way students participated in the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) Conference in New York. The NHSMUN is a subsidiary of the International Model United Nations Association (IMUNA). Our students were fortunate enough to attend the conference along with more than 4,000 students who attended from around the world and simulated the sessions of the United Nations in New York City. The students represented United Nations diplomats, reflecting the views and policies of their assigned countries, (SPWT represented Kuwait and Malaysia), in specialised committees and plenary sessions.

The conference took place over four days at the Hilton Manhattan and the United Nations Headquarters, New York. Students debated on significant global issues such as nuclear materials, sexual violence as a weapon of war and combating the present forms of xenophobia in Europe.

By participating in this conference, the students gained unparalleled experience in exploring the intricacies of international affairs through consensus building, compromise, and diplomacy.

Delegates were in discussion with students from around the world, broadening their perspective on many of today’s most pertinent international issues. The conference provided the students with invaluable lessons in communication, public speaking and global issues education.

During the stay, students also had the opportunity to explore the sights of New York, visiting the Statue of Liberty, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and taking in the panoramic views from the Empire State Building 86th floor. Additionally, students toured the streets of Chinatown, Little Italy, Times Square, and Central Park.

“It was one of the most valuable experiences I have had so far. I was able to broaden my horizons by networking and debating with students from across the world. I can see how opportunities such as Model United Nations will play a vital role in shaping my life in the future.”       -  Sadia Aziza Islam 10RC