Congratulations to the Class of 2021

Press Release

St Mary Magdalene Academy Sixth Form has continued its tradition of excellent A Level outcomes despite the turbulence of the past 18 months. This year’s cohort have done even better than before with over 30% of pupils achieving two or more A*s and over 50% achieving A* and A grades.

Daniel Goward, Head of Sixth Form says “Our Year 13s have faced something entirely unprecedented; both years of their time in the Sixth Form have been hugely disrupted by a global pandemic. We know that they have faced these uncertain and troubling times with tenacity and grit that is admirable. I sometimes wonder how I would have coped in their shoes and I'm not so sure I would have navigated these shifting sands with the same adroitness as our young adults. Despite everything, they have achieved wonderful things and go on to begin a vast array of courses in world-leading institutions”

The Academy is sending James Hollingsworth up to Churchill College, Cambridge to read Architecture and Lilia Kanu to Baliol College, Oxford to read for joint honours in History and English. Hanan Dirine and Rojhat Demirbas both take up places to study Medicine. Nico Henry achieved an A*A*A*A and he takes up a place at Imperial College to read Physics. He is joined there by Faizah Islam who with an A*A*A result will read for a degree in Chemistry. Dilan Gunkordu with A*A*AA has taken up a place at Durham to study Natural Sciences and she is joined there by Michael Price with A*A*A*A to study Computer Science. Ted Hislop with an A*A*A will take up a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at Art Academy London.  Carolina Fernandez-Bold with an A*A*A will study English Literature at Warwick and Serena Campbell, who achieved A*A*A*, goes to read Sports Science at Loughborough. Last but not least, Teddy Ryan achieved A*A*A and is reading History at Manchester. What a phenomenal collection of grades!


Once again a group of SMMA’s brightest are going on to UCL: Hannan to read Comparative Literature, Bejna to read Geography, Mariam to read PPE, Emily to read Human Sciences, Naafiah to read Chemical Engineering and Khushi reading English. Enormous congratulations to them on that achievement.

Across the board, our A Level students succeeded in gaining places at almost exclusively Russell Group universities and Oxbridge. The Academy is also pleased with the diversity of subject choices taken up by the pupils, it demonstrates that our offer is equally strong in both the Sciences and the Arts.


Headteacher Vicky Linsley says: “I am delighted for these pupils and proud of their achievements. They have worked through immensely challenging times and congratulations go to each and every one of them, to their families, and to the dedicated staff at the Academy. In amongst the success stories above, there are many students who have overcome real adversity in their personal lives and we wish them all the very best as they step into their bright futures“





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