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Iqra Academy celebrates dramatic improvements, including for two refugees

Two Syrian refugees from the Iqra Academy have achieved GCSE results that can see them go on to study A Levels, with the school reporting a dramatic increase in achievement over the past four years.
Iqra Academy has reported a great set of GCSE results (Photo: Adobe Stock)

A number of students achieved more than 10 GCSE passes, including Rimsha Khurshid who achieved 10+ GCSE passes at grade 7+ and Marwa Tourabi who achieved 10+ GCSE with nine passes at grade 7+.

Among the top performing students were two Syrian refugees, who only joined the school in September 2016 with gaps in their education and no English spoken. Today, Shaimaa Bakesh achieved 7 GCSE passes, six at grade 5+, and Maya Alhamoud achieved 4 GCSE passes. Both are continuing with schooling and getting ready study A Levels.

All students at Iqra Academy earned grade 4+ passes in English, Science, RE, Citizenship, Urdu and Islamiyat.

Michael Wright, principal at Iqra Academy, said: "We would like to say a huge congratulations to our students who have achieved another great set of GCSE results this year. They have been dedicated to their studies and it is brilliant to see their hard work rewarded. Thank you also to our teachers, parents and staff who have supported our students through a very challenging year."

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, students will be coming into the academy at staggered times to collect their GCSE results.

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