Good luck to everyone picking up their GCSE results across Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea this morning.

We will keep you updated with the latest from schools across the three boroughs as the results roll in.

Hammersmith and Fulham

Burlington Danes Academy, White City

The number passing their GCSEs this year is again above national averages.

The proportion of students getting 5 GCSEs graded A*-C including English and maths is 75 per cent this year.

One of this year’s top performing students is Cassandra Macrae, 16, who passed 12 GCSEs including triple science and Latin with 5 A*s and 5 As and wants to stay at Burlington Danes for sixth. She hopes to be a writer one day after winning a creative writing competition at the school.

Cassandra said: “It’s taken willpower but the amazing thing that the school has done is that they've learnt how to support everyone for everyone’s different needs. Teachers take out their own time to come to school to help students. That in itself really pushes people because they know it’s much easier to achieve good grades or great grades when everyone is behind you and everyone’s pushing you.”

“I am from a minority. You need to work a lot harder because there's all these prejudices. You know you need to build up a better image of yourself, to conquer those stereotypes.

“I've always wanted to be a writer.  English is really my thing.  I've always been really passionate about creative writing.

Dame Sally Coates, the principal of Burlington Danes, who is starting a new role at the beginning of term, paid tribute to this year’s GCSE students:

“I am delighted with this year’s GCSE results.  The students’ hard work and perseverance has really paid off.  They have made incredible progress over the past years and I feel confident they will go on to make the most of their potential.”

Dame Sally will be replaced by Michael Ribton, who is currently her deputy.

Cassandra Macrae,16, who passed 12 GCSEs at Burlington Danes
 

Fulham College Boys’ School, Fulham (Part of Fulham College Academy Trust)

The school did exceptionally well overall with all pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades but this went down to 38 per cent when English and maths was added in - in correlation with the national dip.

The boys did very well in all sciences, with every one of them getting A* to C grades. Religious studies and sport studies were top subjects, with 91 per cent of boys scoring A* to Cs in both.

Star pupils included Ahmed Noori, 16, who said: “I feel much more relaxed now! The last week was quite stressful. Ms Rutherford really went the extra mile for me as I was on a D grade at the end of year 10 but she supported me up to a B and an A in English language and literature - what an achievement!”

John Ashley Pascual, 18, gave some words of wisdom to those doing GCSEs next year. He said: “I am very, very happy. I would advise the new year 11s to start work early and begin revision early on. I worked hard and my teachers really pushed me to achieve the best results I could.

Fulham Cross Girls’ School, Fulham (Part of Fulham College Academy Trust)

Fulham College Boys’ sister school also did really well, with 81 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades and an impressive 64 per cent with English and maths added in - bucking the national trend in English grades going down.

English literature was a star subject, with 93 per cent of girls getting A* to C grades. Art and design scored very highly, with 96 per cent of pupils scoring A* to Cs and 92 per cent in religious studies.

Jennet Hojamgulyyeva, 16, was not fluent in English when she moved to Hammersmith just after Christmas from her native Turkmenistan but impressed both herself and her teachers by getting mainly A*s, some As and Bs to study at City and Islington College .

She said: “I was expecting only Cs and Ds, especially in English language, so I’m really proud of myself. I thought I would move from Turkmenistan when I went to university but it happened a few years early so I had to learn English really quickly. I would spend all night learning new words before I moved and for my exams I only slept about five hours a night.

“I’m so happy and my family are so proud of me. I want to go to Oxford, Cambridge or LSE if I get the grades so I can do international business.”

Amna Ahmed, 16, of Shepherd’s Bush is going to Latymer Upper School after getting 10 A*s and an A. “I’m so happy,” she said. “I was quite surprised by my Biology grade. I’m going to celebrate by getting my mum to do something for me!”

Dina Jundi, 15, of Fulham, is off to Putney High with seven A*s and four As. She said: “It’ll be sad to leave all my friends but I’m excited to start a new school.”

Fulham Enterprise Studio, Fulham (Part of Fulham College Academy Trust)

Pupils did really well at Fulham Enterprise, with 100 per cent achieving A* to C grade equivalents in their chosen subjects.

Also part of the trust which covers Fulham Cross and Fulham College, this school caters for pupils who want to focus on more practical, hands-on subjects and this year was the first pupils had sat national exams.

Students choose to specialise in either construction or performing arts and then do the core GCSE subjects.

An impressive 82 per cent of those studying performing arts got an A* equivalent and 75 per cent of those doing construction.

Danae McGregor, 16, of Fulham, got a distinction* in performing arts and is now going to study music at the British Academy of New Music in Bromley By Bow. “I’m so excited,” she said. “I loved the course as we did a bit of everything and I got to sing which I love.”

Friend Nicole Smith, 16, of Fulham, also got a distinction* in performing arts but is taking a slightly different route as she is off to study hairdressing and plumbing at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. She said: “They’re both really practical which I love, I’m really looking forward to it.”

Antony Best, 16, of Fulham, got an A in construction and the equivalent of four GCSE As and seven Cs. He said: “I really wasn’t expecting that, I’m just so happy! I’m going to Kingston College to study mechanics but don’t think I want to be a mechanic, it’s just a good thing to do. I haven’t told my parents my results yet and I think they’ll be really surprised.”

Bernie Peploe, executive principal of Fulham College Academy Trust, said: “Changes to the examination and assessment systems after these students began their GCSE studies have no doubt impacted on overall statistics, but we are delighted at the excellent first round of results for Fulham Enterprise School and at the continuing success of our Fulham Cross girls and Fulham College boys. Their hard work and commitment and that of the teaching staff is reflected in the excellence of their achievement.”

Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith

Hard-working pupils at Latymer Upper School managed to get 1,000 A*s between them and two thirds of all grades were A*s.

The independent school welcomed in the impressive results this morning - which could possibly be the best results in west London.

Over two thirds of the 162 students achieved at least five A*s and 66 students achieved at least eight A*s.

Star pupils included Sophie Sinnott, 16, who got 10 A*s to follow in the footsteps of her sister who go four A*s at A-level last week.

Twins Esme and Jonah combined academic success with musical and sporting talent now have 16 A*s and four As between them.

Headteacher, David Goodhew, said: “My warmest congratulations to this year’s GCSE candidates on their fantastic results – collectively, they have achieved over 1,000 A* grades!

“It is wonderful to see their efforts, and those of their teachers, so richly rewarded. I am especially happy that such excellent results have been achieved without sacrificing participation in sport, music or drama. Such ‘rounded-ness’, combined with academic success, is a hallmark of Latymerians.”

Daniel Conway celebrates his results with teacher Amy Sellars at Latymer Upper

Kensington and Chelsea

 

Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Holland Park

It has been another year of outstanding success for GCSE students at the non-selective Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School (CVMS) as they outperform many independent and selective state schools.

The proportion of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades, including maths and English, rose from last year’s 92 per cent  to 93 per cent, with 57.3 per cent of all GCSEs taken resulting in A* or A grades.

CVMS also achieved their highest score ever in A* to B grades, with 83.7 per cent of pupils receiving the top marks.

Despite reports of a sharp fall in English GCSE grades nationally, it was business as usual at the Vaughan with stable results.

Robin Knight, a year 11 student, said: “I’m surprised in a good way. I am now going on to study sciences and maths for my A levels.”

Thomas Marin, who already has his sights set on studying theoretical physics at university, said: “I feel like I could have done better, but I am still very happy with what I’ve achieved.”

Alfie Smart, who will continue on at Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School to study music and drama, said: “I’m happy with my results and that I get to carry on at this school.”

Headmaster, Paul Stubbings, added: “This is the reward for all the hard work and dedication of pupils and staff alike. The support of our parents also plays a massive role in achieving such outstanding results.”

Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School students celebrate good GCSE results

Westminster

Westminster Academy, Paddington

Students at Westminster Academy celebrated today as 70 per cent achieved at least five A* to C grades including English and maths.

All students taking triple science managed A* to C grades as did those taking languages, including Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Farsi and Russian.

The top performing student at the school this year was Momoko Kwase Kennedy who got 10 A*s and one A and is currently on holiday in Tokyo Disneyland so asked her father, John Kennedy, to pick up her results.

Her said: “We’re very proud. We’ve always had high expectations, but these results exceed them. The most notable thing is that until last year, she was in a completely different school system - doing the International Baccalaureate. She only came to this school last year and started all the syllabuses from scratch.

“She was especially happy because she knew the effort that all of her teachers had put in.”

Another student with outstanding results was Rawad Hamade who achieved four A*s and six As.

Mr Hawad said: “I was very, very anxious and nervous about my results. But these results have confirmed my hopes for university, at least now I know I’m capable.”

Nayef Salaam said he believed the friendly competition in classes pushes the students to do well. “Ultimately, we’re all really happy for each other when we do well,” he said.

Diellza Ramadani, who achieved six As and four Bs, said: “I’m so happy with my results, I spent so much time revising and worked so hard for these exams. I was quite nervous to find out this morning as we’ve been stressing out about our results the whole summer.”

Headmistress Smita Bora, added: “I am proud the hard work of these students throughout their time at Westminster Academy has now rewarded them with exceptional grades.”

Rawad Hamade and Nayef Salaam were happy with their results at Westminster Academy