Harris Academy Peckham’s principal has paid tribute to the resilience and hard work of her students.
In a statement published today, the school said that despite the challenges of lockdown learning this year’s GCSE cohort have done ‘exceptionally well’ and achieved ‘fantastic results’.
Students singled out for particular praise include Rianna Small-Lawrence who took home a grade 9 and a grade 8 in combined science, a grade 9 in religious studies; double 8s in English language and literature, a 7 in maths, a 7 in food technology and a 6 in French.
She will now go on to study for her A Levels and aspires to study social sciences at university to enable her to pursue a career in mental health or social sciences.
Principal Claudette Bergin said: “Rianna really is a phenomenal student who has shown true resilience and determination.
“We admire her strength to see the rainbows past the storm. She has worked so hard and deserves these amazing results. Her commitment to doing well in her exams has been powerful beyond belief.”
She also highlighted the success of student Kymani Skyers has worked incredibly hard to juggle his football career for Premier League Crystal Palace’s youth team with his schoolwork, achieving both with ‘real flair’. Biology is his favourite academic subject.
He hopes it could help his career – either as a footballer or physiotherapist. He achieved five grade 9s, two grade 8s and one grade 7.
“I see this as the best of both worlds,” he said. “Two possible careers in fields that I love, and these complement each other very well.”
Ms Bergin added: “We are so proud of all our year eleven today. They have achieved some amazing results in a very challenging year.
“We wish them every success as they progress into the next stages of their education. Well done all!”