A teenager who sat a chemistry GCSE exam hours after escaping the burning Grenfell Tower is celebrating an A grade in the subject.
The 16-year-old, who lived on the 13th floor with her family, told the hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford that she was able to block out the horrors she had witnessed while sitting the exam, before breaking down in tears.
She had fled the burning tower block in the middle of the night on June 14 with just her phone and chemistry notes before sitting the 9am exam in the same clothes she left in.
Ines also gained the highest possible grade, a 9, in her maths GCSE - equivalent to an A* under the old system.
Speaking at the Hammersmith Road school, she said: “It’s good. I’m quite happy with my grades.”
She added: “I wish I did more, but then again, I don’t know, it hasn’t sunk in yet.
“For the exams I missed, I didn’t do too well in them overall.”
Ines missed two history exams, one RE exam and one physics exam in the days after the fire, which affected her overall grades.
She said she initially thought the fire was “nothing major” and just wanted to sit the paper.
“That’s all I had on I had on my mind,” she said.
“There was no point me carrying on watching the building burning so I just went in.”
Ines also gained an A* in her Spanish GCSE, with headteacher Marian Doyle calling her results “fantastic”.
She plans to study chemistry, maths, economics and sociology when she begins her A levels later this year.
Praising Ines, Ms Doyle said: “Given that she had a number of exams still to do and in the face of that adversity and that shock, and I suppose the reflection of ‘what if’... she gathered this strength, that inner spirit.
“The girls have dreams and aspirations and they are supported in having the highest dreams and aspirations, and that determination to keep going, that inner strength, that inner core to keep going... everything that she’d worked for, she wasn’t going to let go just as a result of this.
“It must have been so hard for her to actually come in and do that and try to blot out the scenes of what she had seen.”
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