15 August 2019, Isleworth –

It was another fantastic year for Isleworth & Syon’s Sixth Form, which continues to go from strength to strength in providing the best local post-16 education in both A level and vocational subjects. Small class sizes and specialist subject teachers mean that students can thrive in a personalised learning environment to allow them to maximise their potential. Today’s top performer was Theo Mitchell-Smith, who gained A*s across the board, in biology, chemistry and mathematics, while classmate Tim-Frederic Volle gained an A* (biology) and 2 As (chemistry and maths). Both young men are pursuing veterinary medicine, at Bristol and the Royal Veterinary College respectively. This was a particular success for the school’s science department, which runs a Medic Club for Year 12 students to encourage careers in medical sciences. The club is orchestrated by our head of science, who regularly liaises with veterinary colleges across the country and has inspired these two successful young men to explore this passion.

There were success stories across the board at A level. Ali Al-Skafi earned an A* and two As (mathematics, physics, technology) as well as an A in the extended project – he heads off to the world-famous London School of Economics (LSE) to take a degree in accounting and finance. Farhad Ahmed (AAB) will join him in lectures at LSE in September, while Yuvraj Assi will take a similar path – with his straight-A sweep (history, English literature, mathematics), he will also read accounting and finance, at Warwick. Varun Alvakonda achieved an A* and two Bs, enough to earn him a place at Bath to study computer science, while Razi Makame is delighted to take finance and economics at Queen Mary’s after his ABB grades. Both Qaiser Khan (AAB) and Kareem Zeido (ABB) will be pursuing science courses in September – physics and astrophysics (King’s College London), and aerospace engineering (Bath) respectively. Finally, well done to Joshua Hudnott, whose AAB grades have resulted in a place at Exeter to take history and ancient history.

Once again, our vocational performance was extremely strong, reflecting the depth of staff expertise and support in this area. Jordan Edmund and Kyle Williams both earned triple Distinction*s in their triple sport course; they will be sticking together next year as they head off to Southampton Solent to take football studies. Special mentions as well to their course colleagues Caitlin Doyle (D*D*D) and Sophie Moore (D*DD), who will head to Bournemouth and Brunel respectively, both to continue their sport studies. Bartosz Wieloch was our top BTEC IT performer, earning a D*D* accompanied by a D in single sport. He will pursue an IT apprenticeship in Milton Keynes next year. We were thrilled with the results of our double business cohort; with Klejvins Vlladi, Bartosz Hryp and Sidhant Short all earning double Ds in business along with a D in single IT. All three have been inspired to continue their business studies at university, at Royal Holloway (Klejvins and Sidhant) and Kent (Bartosz).

Headteacher Euan Ferguson commented, “It’s been another fantastic year for our young people who continue to thrive in a supportive school environment under the tutelage of specialist subject staff. Many are heading off to some of the best universities in the country, while others will enter the world of work via apprenticeships or another route. Whatever their next steps, we are proud of their achievements and wish them well for the future.”

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