London Schools and the Black Child 2014
Amna Kheri: Winner of the GCSE Girls Category
Harrisson Iloh: Winner of the GCSE Boys Category
Lola Olufemi: Winner of the A Level Girls Category
Abubakar Moallim: Winner of the A Level Boys Category
Victory Idowu: Winner of the HE Girls Category
Jonathan Sinclair: Winner of the HE Boys Category
London Schools and the Black Child 2013
Imani Jeffers: Winner of the GCSE Girls Category
Grade: 12 A*s
School: Palmers Green High School
Imani is from Enfield and achieved 12A*s in English literature, English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History, Drama. I GCSE’s in Spanish, Spoken Spanish, French, Spoken French
Joshua Kilonda: Winner of the GCSE Boys Category
Grades: 10 A*’s and 2A’s
School: Beal High School
Joshua achieved 10 A*s in English Literature, English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Spanish, Geography, Religious Studies and 2 A’s in Music and Economics.
Shenece Liburd: Winner of the A Level Girls Category
School: Camden School for Girls 6th Form
Shenece attended Camden School for Girls where she achieved 3A*s in Government & Politics, English Lit, Fine Art.
David Peprah: Winner of the A Level Boys Category
School: Sir George Monoux College
David is from East London and atteneded Sir George Monoux College where he achieved 3A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. He has just begun a degree in Medicine at University College London.
Jennifer Ofodile: Winner of the HE Girls Category
Grade: First class BA (Hons) Business, Mathematics and Statistics
School: London School of Economics
Since completing her degree at the London School of Economics Jennifer has taken up a post at Deutsche Bank as a Financial Analyst.
Joshua Oware: Winner of the HE Boys Category
Grade: First class Geography BA (Hons). Academic Scholar
School: Jesus College, Oxford University
Joshua finished top of his year. He is currently studying for his MPhil, Modern Society and Global Transformations (Sociology) at Cambridge University.
London Schools and the Black Child 2012
Lauren Wright: Winner of the GCSE Girls Category
Grades: 12A*s 2As
School: Wallington High School for Girls, Wallington, Surrey
Lauren attended Wallington High School for Girls in Surrey where she achieved 12A*s and 2A’s at GCSE including A*s in Maths, English Language, English Literature, Physics, Biology, Chemistry and Latin and French.
Joel Oyelese: Winner of the GCSE Boys Category
Grades: 12 A*s 2As
School: Westcliff High School for Boys
Joel lives in Romford, Essex and achieved 12A*s and 2A's at GCSE with A's in English and English Literature and A*s in Physics Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, French, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Classical Civilization, Economics and Citizenship as well as an A* in Statistics which he achieved in Year 10.
Sonia Mason: Winner of the A-Level girls category
School: Haberdashers Aske’s Knight Academy
Sonia achieved incredible exam results getting 4*’s including an A* in further maths. Her hard work has been rewarded as she will be the first student from Haberdashers (New Cross) to go to Cambridge where she will study medicine.
Haydn Kankam: Winner of the Boys A-level category
School: The Campion School
Haydn has also been nominated for his A-levels. He achieved an incredible 13 A*s at GCSE level and has since gone on to achieve 4 A*s at A-level this year. Haydn is now at Cambridge reading medicine.
Chinazam Nwonkonkor: Winner of the Girls Higher Education Category
Grades: 2:1 in Neuroscience from University College London
School: University College London
Chinazam overcame serious illness to gain her degree. After becoming bed bound and experiencing painful episodes Chinazam was diagnosed with Hyper Mobility Syndrome. Chinazam was seriously ill as a result of this and put at a significant disadvantage to her peers. Despite this she has gone to graduate with a 2:1 degree in Neuroscience from the University College, London.
Adam Elliott- Cooper: Winner of the Boys Higher Education Category
Grades: 2:1 Politics, MSc, Dphil
School: Jesus College, Oxford
Adam was nominated for London Schools and the Black Child award because of his impressive academic achievement, but he also stood out in terms of his achievements outside of the classroom. Adam graduated with a 2:1 in politics from University of Nottingham has a master’s from SOAS in Globalisation and Development and is now commencing a PhD in Human Geography at Oxford University. His thesis will look at how black-led community organisations are addressing the issues around the riots.
London Schools and the Black Child 2011
Gabrielle Dunn : Winner of the GCSE Girls Category
Grades: 10 A*s, 3 As
School: Nower Hill High School, Pinner, Middlesex
Gaby has fully involved herself in school life, participating in a wide range of activities. As a sportswoman she has represented the school in a number of events with a high rate of success, including taking on the role of Captain of the netball team. She also won the school’s prestigious Sports Personality of the Year award, has been involved in the Gifted and Talented drama group, and was awarded the status of Deputy Head Prefect Year 11. She plays the piano and enjoys bike riding, going to the cinema and travel.
Solomon Roach: Winner of the GCSE Boys Category
Grades: 6A*s and 5As
School: Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London W14
Solomon has combined a number of talents as a pupil at Cardinal Vaughan, working hard to achieve 6 A*s and 5As, whilst spending his spare time composing music, and playing the flute in the concert orchestra. Having done a work experience, Solomon has now set his sights on becoming a doctor, and is currently working hard outside the classroom to achieve this.
Anna-Maria Seemuyaba: Winner of A-Level Girls Category
Grades: 1 A*, 2As
School: Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, London W14
Over the last couple of years, Anna has managed to juggle her work at school with caring for her father. On her way to achieving 1A* and 2As at Cardinal Vaughan School, Anna-Maria has made time to mentor a younger pupil who has learning difficulties. But it is not just in the classroom where Anna-Maria has made an impression, she has also become a high-flyer in the school netball and debating teams. Anna-Maria’s hard work is paying off, after she recently secured a place to read English at Exeter College, University of Oxford. Father is blind – she takes care of him.
Jesse Moses: Winner of A-Level Boys Category
Grades: 3 A*s & 1A
School: Highbury Grove School, Islington, London
Jesse’s top A-level grades at Highbury Grove have not come easy, after a prolonged period of ill health during year 12. Jesse used his time out due to ill-health to read widely, and eventually diagnosed his own illness. He began studying the chemical composition of his antibiotics and decided that Chemistry was the subject for him. Outside the hard work he has put in at school, Jesse is a keen athlete, often representing his school in athletics competitions. Has been offered a place to study at Christchurch College, Oxford.
Tonica Hunter: Winner of High Education Girls
Grade: 1st Class BA (Hons) French & German
University: Warwick University
During her time at Warwick University Tonica was the marketing strategy co-ordinator for the ‘work apprentice’ university group. When her mother was starting an interior design business Tonica helped with advertising, acting as an account executive for the business. She wishes to continue her education with a Masters in European Politics & Society.
Ifeanyi Odogwu: Winner of Higher Education Boys
Grade: First Class LLB Hons in Law
University: Kingston University
Attended the St Thomas The Apostle comprehensive school in Peckham. During his studies at Kingston University, he won a US Scholarship for a year’s study at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He has just completed one year Law School postgraduate training waiting to be called to the Bar of the Inner Temple.
London Schools and the Black Child 2010
Samson Thongs-George: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at GCSE award
Grades: 4 A*s, 4 A, 1B and 1 C
School: Edmonton County School, Edmonton
Other: Samson is a keen athlete who captained the school’s basketball, football and cricket teams from year 7 through to year 11. His dramatic and musical ability has seen him participate in school performances, in both acting and musical roles. Recently Samson was nominated by the school, and achieved the ‘Student of the Year Award’ a great accomplishment in a year group of 270 students.
Nadine Williams: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at GCSE award
Grades: 11 A, 1B, 1C
School: Prendergast Hilly Fields College, Brockley
Other: Nadine is a registered young carer who assists with the care of her disabled brother. Within school she is a member of many clubs including drama, chamber choir, cheerleading, reading, astronomy and Japanese. As a language Ambassador at the school she is mentoring a younger Japanese student. Nadine enjoys performing arts, achieving the Dance Leader Award last year for her performances during the Black History month.
Healson Ihuoma: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at A Level award
Grades: 4 A*
School: Seven Kings High School, Ilford
Other: Healson won the school’s prestigious ‘Chemistry Student of the Year Award’. For the last two years he has undertaken voluntary work in a care home, providing support, company and friendship to elderly residents. Healson is a keen athlete and a member of Essex County Long Jump team.
Jennifer Labwo: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at A Level award
Grades: 3 As
School: St Angela’s & St Bonaventure’s, Forest Gate
Other: Jennifer is the main carer of her mother and her brother. In order to complete her studies she had to study from home, keeping in regular contact with teachers and where necessary posting coursework to the school. Jennifer does voluntary work to promote HIV awareness
Keryl Justin Williams: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at Higher Education award
Grades: First Class Honours degree in Maths
School: The University of Greenwich
Other: Keryl worked to financially support himself through University. Keryl was instrumental in the renewed interest of his peers to the Maths Society (MathSoc), and was elected President of this initiative. He has been a positive ambassador of the University, and as part of the Student Associate Scheme taught mathematics in a local school. His enthusiasm, courage and determination have never faltered despite many personal difficulties.
Promise Campbell: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at Higher Education award
Grades: BA (Hons) English
School: St Catharine’s College, Cambridge
Other: Promise personally applied to St Catharine’s College, to read English. Her dedication and hard work were rewarded when in the final year she received the prestigious honour of being named the top classed student reading English. Promise sang in the College Chapel Choir, and produced the Fresher’s Play. She volunteers for many different charities. Promise enjoys sports particularly netball.
London Schools and the Black Child Awards 2009
James Hunter: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at GCSE award
Grades: 9 x A* and 3 x A at GCSE
School: Highlands School in Enfield
Other: James plays piano to grade 7 and is a member of the street dance troupe “Hypnotik Entertainment” helping them to win the 2009 UDO British Dance Championships. Attending professional drama school James has already landed himself several small television parts. James is a Gold Award Winner and Olympiad Competitor at the UKMT Maths Challenge. He completed a 3 month volunteering programme reading to special needs students and he takes part in tennis competitions
Lady-Namera Ejaimike: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at GCSE award
Grades: 10 x A* and 1 x A at GCSE
School: Our Lady's Convent High School in Hackney
Other: Lady-Namera was a member of the School Council for three years and was a founder member of the school's Debating Society. She is a regular competitor in Ballet competitions. She volunteers for the St John's Ambulance.
Tommy Williams: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at A Level award
Grades: 4 x A at A Level and 1 x A at AS Level
School: Leyton Sixth Form College, Leytonstone
Other: Tommy was a mentor for A Level students at his college. He completed a summer internship at Deutsche Bank. He is the first student in his borough to get a place at the University of Oxford's most competitive course this year - Economics and Management.
Tanesha Bryan: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at A Level award
Grades: 3 x A at A Level and 1 x B at AS Level
School: St Angela's Ursuline and St Bonaventure's Sixth Form
Other: Tanesha was a mentor for Chemistry students in her sixth form. She is currently working in the Social Sciences department of the school in order to gain experience of working in education
for her future goal of becoming an Educational Psychologist. She volunteers in a local charity shop and in a care home for the elderly.
Lawrence Webster Price: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education award
Grades: First Class degree in History
School: Merton College, University of Oxford
Other: Lawrence was an active member of the Tennis Society and the History Society at his university. He takes part in fundraising activities for children's charities.
Nanayaa Hughes-Brittain: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education award
Grades: First Class masters degree in Engineering (Material Engineering in Medicine)
School: Queen Mary, University of London
Other: Nanayaa received the highest mark of all Engineering students at Queen Mary's in 2009. During her studies she won three prizes and has been nominated for two more by the university. She completed a work experience placement in Malaysia and was an ambassador for her university during school visits and open days.
London Schools and the Black Child Awards 2008
Chidi Amadi: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at GCSE award
Grades: 10 x A* and 5 x A at GCSE
School: Dunraven School in Steatham
Other: Chidi represented his school in a variety of ways, including as an active member of the Junior Leadership Team.
Currently: Studying for A Levels
Cynthia Akpobi: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at GCSE award
Grades: 10 x A* and 1 x A at GCSE
School: St Angela's Ursuline School in Forest Gate
Other: Cynthia was a member of the school's Gospel Choir and the school council. She won an award for her Spanish work. She received the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.
Currently: Studying for A Levels
Foad Mohamed: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at A Level award
Grades: 4 x A at A Level
School: Thomas Tallis School in Greenwich
Other: Foad arrived in the UK from Somalia aged nine, having not been taught to read or write. He served as a translator for Somali parents at school. He was chairperson of the school council and captain of the football team.
Currently: Studying Medicine at Oxford University
Sydney Vieira: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at A Level award
Grades: 4 x A and 1 x B at A Level
School: St Dominic's Sixth Form College in Middlesex
Other: Sydney volunteered with Mencap helping to run a Saturday playgroup for autistic children.
Currently: Studying at King's College London
David Charles: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at Higher Education award
Grades: First Class degree in Biology
School: Imperial College London
Other: David was Vice-President of the Royal College of Science Student Union. He also mentored other students.
Currently: Continuing his studies at Imperial, he is now President of the Royal College of Science Student Union
Shardae Smith: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at Higher Education award
Grades: First Class degree in Mathematics and Statistics with Finance
School: Queen Mary's, University of London
Other: Shardae volunteered for a charity mentoring schoolchildren from Hackney
Currently: Working for the charity full-time before taking up a post as a trainee actuary
London Schools and the Black Child Awards 2007
Kalil Rouse: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at GCSE award
Grades: 11 x A* and 1 x A at GCSE
School: Queen Elizabeth's School in Barnet
Other: Kalil won an award for his rugby-playing at school. He was also involved in the school choir.
Lasian Palmer-Stephenson: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at GCSE award
Grades: 10 x A*, 4 x A and 1 x B at GCSE
School: Phoenix High School in Hammersmith
Other: Lasian was the chair of the school council, she was head girl and she was the vice-chair of the youth parliament.
Currently: Completed A Levels in Psychology, Philosophy, History and English Literature. Would like to have a year out before going to university
Martin Edobor: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at A Level award
Grades: 3 x A at A Level
School: Seven Kings High School in Ilford
Other: Martin achieved on of the top 10 scores in the country in his Psychology exam. He was a peer mentor for primary school students, he volunteered with mentally ill patients in a local hospital and with elderly people at a local care home.
Currently: Studying Medicine at University College London
Gbemi Coker: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at A Level award
Grades: 3 x A at A Level and 1 x A at AS Level
School: Wallington High School in Wallington
Other: Gbemi was head girl at her school. She was a member of the gospel choir and she took part in the peer-support programme.
Currently: Studying at Pembroke College, University of Oxford
Robert Knox: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education award
Grades: First Class degree in Law
School: Downing College, University of Cambridge
Other: Robert was one of the few students to gain an Arts and Humanities Research Council scholarship to fund his postgraduate research
Currently: Studying for his PhD at Cambridge. Robert came fifth in the year for his exams last year and was awarded the Clive Parry Prize for International Law
Yvette Gyamfi: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education award
Grades: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery; First Class degree in Medical Genetics
School: St George's, University of London
Other: Yvette was a member of the editorial board of the student magazine. She trained as a clinical skills demonstrator to help other students with their work and she trained as an assessor of pre-clinical students.
London Schools and the Black Child Awards 2006
Tendai Sibanda: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at GCSE award
Grades: 12 x A*, 1 x A and 1 x B
School: Phoenix High School, Hammersmith
Other: Tendai's teachers admired his ability to set himself challenging targets and his focus.
Abiola Ogunbiyi: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at GCSE award
Grades: 10 x A* and 2 x B
School: Wallington High School for Girls
Other: Abiola was a keen musician at school - playing the piano to grade 6 and the flute to grade 8 and singing in the choir. Her Textiles GCSE was in the top five marks in the country.
Alex Mbaya: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at A Level award
Grades: 2 x A and 2 x B at A Level
School: Hackney Community College
Other: Alex had only been in the UK and learning English for two years when he took his A Levels.
Currently: Working at Goldman Sachs
Annique Simpson: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement at A Level award
Grades: 4 x A at A Level
School: St Charles Catholic Sixth Form
Other: Annique undertook work experience writing visual reports on arts event for the BBC. She also mentored disadvantaged young people in London.
Bruk Woldegabreil: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education award
Grades: First Class degree in Economics
School: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Other: Bruk arrived in the UK escaping the Ethiopean-Eritrean war but settled into school and gained excellent GCSE and A Level results. He was given the headteacher's award in his final year at school.
Rachel Amosu: Winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education award
Grades: Upper Second degree in Human Sciences
School: Magdalen College, University of Oxford
Other: Rachel was an active member of the Oxford Access Scheme, encouraging disadvantaged students to apply for Oxford. She was a member of the university's African-Caribbean Society and the women's cricket team.