As we celebrate our 10th year of operation, we are overwhelmed by the fantastic results our students have achieved this year. The opening of our new senior building in 2022 was designed to offer enhanced curriculum opportunities set within world-class facilities to drive attainment and outcomes.
The opening of Safa Senior School will ensure that our senior learners have access to state-of-the-art facilities. As learners enter the building, they are immersed in art and photography studios, science Labs, and lecture theatres, with music and performing arts facilities, all under one roof.
As a fully inclusive school, we use value-added to track the progress of our examination cohorts. Value Added takes account of expected and actual attainment data where each student started from and their progress. Read more about Safa Community School Value Added.
Growth over time is a true reflection of a school. Over the past 4 years, SCS grades have continued to rise. Data shows that in 2021 the overall value added score was 1.79 grades per student. Through the dedication and expertise of staff and systems, our Value Added has risen to +2.0 grades in 2022.
In 2022, the school achieved 36% of all grades at A*- A. In 2023 this increased once again to 43%. In addition to this, 64% of all grades attained were at A*-B. This is a fantastic achievement for all concerned.
Our core subjects (Maths, English and Sciences) continue to surpass expectations every year. A-level Further Maths attained a 100% grade A pass rate, with a large A-level Maths cohort attaining a 92% A*-C. Chemistry continues to thrive at SCS, with 83% of all grades at A*-A.
Economics, English, Art, History, and German delivered staggering figures of 100% A*-B for the entire cohort. This is a testament to the support from our parental community, student endeavour and our highly skilled and committed staff body.
We are adding additional courses for 2023/24 in an ever-changing job market and landscape. Media Studies, Sociology and Engineering will complement our exam pathways. The diversity of the offering at SCS is something we are very proud of. Internships, BTECs, LAMDA, and RSL Contemporary Arts Award have supported traditional examination courses. RSL was our newest course, where 100% of students attained a Distinction Star. On behalf of the governing body, staff and all support teams at SCS, I would like to thank and praise our students’ dedication publicly.
We are incredibly proud of what our students have achieved this year at A-Level, especially considering that this cohort did not sit formal GCSE examinations in 2021 due to restrictions around COVID. As a school, we have seen a considerable amount of progress in our already outstanding overall grades in comparison to previous years, which is a testament to the hard work and, in many respects, the ‘above and beyond’ approach from our staff, providing students with a platform for success. The same can be said for our students sitting AS Levels in Year 12 who are now in a great position going into their final year at Safa Community School.
As a school community, we are exceptionally proud of what our students and staff have achieved in our 2023 A Level Results. In Year 13 and Year 12, this cohort of students has had an arduous journey over the past four years. They have worked exceptionally hard, always focusing on the end result. We are so proud of each of them, and we can’t wait to see their future achievements beyond Safa Community School. I would like to congratulate the secondary leadership team and teaching staff who have worked tirelessly to support our senior students throughout their sixth-form journey. Giving up weekends, evenings and school holidays to prepare the students really has paid off. A special thanks to Mr Mike Davies, Mr Emmet Glackin and Mrs Jenni O’Donnell for their leadership and for always taking a student-centred approach when educating our senior students. As a growing secondary school, it has been great to see that standards and attainment levels exceed expectations yearly.
“This cohort of Year 11 students are very special as they are the first set of students to have received all of their secondary education at Safa Community School, and I am very proud to have been working alongside these students since Year 7. Finally, our students were given the opportunity to showcase their abilities in official written examinations, and their outstanding achievements in the GCSEs and BTECs deserve to be celebrated today. The hard work, dedication and determination of all our students and staff have not gone unnoticed and should be acknowledged, driving standards, progress and attainment beyond our expectations as a school.”
As Head of Sixth Form, I have watched this cohort of students grow and excel under very challenging circumstances due to the global pandemic. They have excelled in their studies, and I am very proud to have been a part of their journey towards personal actualisation. Every student deserves praise, as the A Level journey is challenging.
There are a number of students who have shown enormous tenacity and resilience as they strove to be the very best that they could be and who made personal sacrifices to be able to achieve the very best grades. Our students have benefitted from an excellent pastoral structure whereby student wellbeing was closely monitored and by small class sizes and a personalised approach, with many students receiving additional contact time with members of staff.
Our female students have really excelled this year, and some of our success stories include Hana Haridy, a student who has been at Safa Community School since Year 8, achieved an astonishing 3 A* grades in Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry and who will be attending The American University in Sharjah to study Chemical Engineering.
Taline Chahine, who achieved an impressive 1 A* and 2 A’s in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, will attend Eindhoven University of Technology to study Chemical Engineering. Esha Amin, a student at Safa Community School since Year 7, achieved 2 A*’s and 1 B in Mathematics, Biology and Geography and will be attending The University of York to study Environmental Science.
Eylul Sisman, a student at Safa Community School since Year 8, achieved 2 A’s and 1 B and will attend The University of Edinburgh to study Fine Art. Sitara Anwer, who achieved 2 A’s and 1 B in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology and who will be studying Medicine in Australia.
Our male students have continued to excel in many of our STEM subjects, with Youssef Abdelsalam achieving an impressive 1 A* and 2 A’s in Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics and who will be attending The University of Birmingham to study Computer Science. Adam Abdelfattah, who achieved 2 A*’s and 1 B in Mathematics, Physics and Biology, will attend The University of Birmingham to study Mechanical Engineering.
Prakhar Narula, who achieved 3 A’s in Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry, will attend The University of Dundee to study Medicine.
Alex Van Schendel, who achieved 2 A’s and 1 B in Chemistry, History and German, will attend The University of Groningen to study European Law.