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GCSE results day 2017: Live updates as teenagers across west London get their grades

Thousands of teenagers are picking up their results on Thursday (August 24) - see how they got on

It's the moment every school pupil eagerly, or anxiously, anticipates - GCSE results day!

Youngsters in west London will be among the many thousands across the country picking up their results on Thursday (August 24).

As part of a shake-up of secondary school education, this summer's candidates were the first to sit more rigorous exams.

Instead of the usual A*-U grades, English and maths will be delivered in a new numbered system from nine to one, with nine being the highest grade.

We'll bring you results from schools across west London, as we get them.

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Children as young as 10 and 12 picked up GCSE results today thanks to the Excellence In Education programme

Children as young as 10 and 12 picked up GCSE results today.

Mentees of Professor Chris Imafidon, from Kensington, all sat their maths GCSE after following the ‘EIE system’ of seeing Maths as a game and being inspired by the record-breaking Imafidon twins.

They attended the Excellence In Education programme at Hyde Park School, Kensington.

The youngest of the trio ,10-year-old Sofia Monforte, enjoys playing the violin but her dream is become a lawyer. Earlier this year Sofia got into over 13 top Grammar and Independent schools, including receiving a 100% scholarship to one of London’s most prestigious Independent schools allowing her to skip year 6.

The three were all extremely excited to receive one of the highest possible GCSE grades: Francheska Monforte, aged 12, Lev Shabalin, aged 10 and Sophia Monforte, aged 10, all achieved Grade 7.

Their mentor Chris Imafidon, chair of the Board of Excellence in Education (EIE), said:

“Using the appropriate EIE system, everyone can understand the fundamentals of any A-level subject in 21 days.

“This has been demonstrated by the examples of Peter and Paula passing A-level exams at age of 7 in 2011. Anyone can be taught to love Maths, Music or Science or any subject via gamification.

“With the right methods, tools, and techniques, every student is a genius. Your learning system is more important than your so-called ability.

“EVERY single child is born a genius in one thing or another. Through a variety of games, questionnaires, fun activities and tools, has developed a method for detecting and developing such talents without the restriction of the traditional school curriculum. “This is why most parents and teachers see these children as geniuses. So with the appropriate tools, techniques and technology with real mentoring EVERYONE can achieve greatness irrespective of gender, class, postcode etc.”

A* was the most common grade at St Augustine’s Priory school

Top grades have been awarded to Year 11 girls at St Augustine’s Priory, Ealing Catholic independent day school for girls, in their GCSE results this year, with 82% of results were A* - B or equivalent (9 – 6).

Girls at St Augustine’s Priory School open their results(Image: St Augustine’s Priory)

With a clean sweep of A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, 100% passes in English Literature and Mathematics and 83% of Modern Language grades at A* or A, the students at St Augustine’s Priory showed their mastery in a wide range of subjects.

The most common grade was A* or equivalent (9/8).

Girls at St Augustine’s Priory celebrate GCSE results(Image: St Augustine’s Priory)

Overall, pupils scored A* - B in 12 subjects with over half of all pupils (51%) obtaining at least 5 A* or A grades or equivalent (new grades 9/8/7) between them. 54% of the grades achieved in Mathematics, English and English Literature combined were 9, 8 or 7 (A* - A).

95% of all pupils achieved at least 1 grade A*/A or equivalent. This follows last week’s news that 100% of the Year 11 Additional Mathematics students achieved the top grade, A.

Congratulations to St Augustine's!(Image: St Augustine’s Priory)

Interim Headteacher, Mrs Marie-Helene Collins, said:

“Across the full range of our curriculum, our girls have performed brilliantly and we congratulate them on their outstanding results today.

“Among many highlights, our excellent separate science performance and fantastic results in the new English and Mathematics courses are a particular source of confidence.

“Another strong year of results yet again confirms our expertise in teaching girls in our wonderful setting, supported by our dedicated staff and with a Catholic ethos.”

The most common grade at St Augustine's was A* or equivalent(Image: St Augustine’s Priory)

La Petite École d’Ealing, a French language school based at St Augustine’s Priory is pleased to announce that their pupils achieved a clean sweep of A*s and As in their French GCSEs.

St Augustine’s Priory is proud to work with La Petite École as part of a bilingual hub promoting and supporting the teaching of French in Ealing.

Success for Syrian teen who came to UK two years ago and has a four-hour commute!

A student who chose to attend Uxbridge College despite having to make a daily commute of four hours is celebrating top results after sitting his GCSEs in one year.

Congratulations to Badran Yamen for his achievements despite a four-hour commute!(Image: Uxbridge College)

Badran Yamen, 18, who lives in Morden in Surrey, was this year’s highest achiever in The Academy, Uxbridge College’s sixth form centre, after gaining A* grades in Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and a C in English.

College students, who normally take five GCSEs in one year rather than the higher number of exams sat in school over two years, will be moving on to the reformed system of GCSE grades next year, which uses numbers rather than letters in its grading system, with a few exceptions starting this year.

The College is one of relatively few offering full-time one year GCSE programmes, for students who are taking resits, or doing GCSEs for the first time because they have been home-schooled or recently arrived in the UK.

The study programme offers a springboard to A-levels or vocational qualifications and ultimately to university or into a broad range of careers.

Badran, who came to the UK from Syria two years ago, is now enrolling on A-levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry at Uxbridge College and intends to go on to university to study Aeronautical Engineering. He said:

“I am very happy, I studied hard for four hours a day and am very pleased with my results. My teachers were always there to help even after class or if I had extra questions or a problem.”

This year 58% of Academy students achieved A*-C grades, with 98% passing at grades A*-G.

Amanda Washbrook, Head of The Academy, said:

“Congratulations to all our students on the GCSE programme for their hard work and excellent achievements - their results are extremely pleasing and it is good to see how many intend to continue their studies with us.

“There are not that many Colleges which offer the one-year GCSE programme which leads to a unique range of progression opportunities in education and careers.

“Successful GCSE students often stay on at College to do A-levels and then go to university, they may do vocational qualifications such as BTECs, or take up work-related opportunities.”

Also among the top performers were also:

  • Maimuna Islam, 17, who got grade As in Statistics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and a B in English, and is staying at Uxbridge College to take A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. She aims to study Medicine at University. Kasey Smith, 23, who got A* grades in English and Media Studies, a 7/A in English Literature, a B in Sociology and a C in Maths.
  • Kasey is enrolling at Uxbridge College to study English, Politics and History, and wants to do a degree in Creative Writing. He worked in retail after leaving school before deciding to return to education to improve his life opportunities.
  • Puneet Kaur Grewal, 17, who got A* grades in Maths and Physics, As in Biology and Chemistry, and a B in English. She will be taking A-levels at Uxbridge College and plans to study a Maths-related subject at university.
  • Syeda Kunzal Imaan, 17, who achieved an A* in Chemistry, A grades in Biology and Physics, and Bs in Maths and English. Syeda is also planning to study A-levels at Uxbridge College and hopes to do a degree in Physics.
  • Andrew Lubega, 18, who achieved A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and Bs in English and Maths.
  • Andrew, who studied Engineering and Electronics for a year at Uxbridge College before progressing to his GCSEs, is due to stay on to study A-levels in Physics, Chemistry and Maths and wants to study Aeronautical Engineering at university.
  • Sameen Ahmed, 18, who got A*s in Sociology and Media Studies, A grades in Maths and Chemistry, and a B in English.

Nower Hill High School achieve best results ever

Neil Hardy Deputy Head Teaching and Learning, Nower Hill High School in Pinner congratulated the Year 11s students on their examination success.

80% of our almost 300 Year 11 students achieved 5 or more A*-C grades including a 9 to 4 (A*-C equivalent) in English and Maths - this is the highest figure the school has ever achieved.

There are many stories of individual success including 31 students who achieved 9 or more A*/A/ 9 /8/7 grades.

Headteacher Chris Livesey said:

“We are all delighted with these record-breaking outcomes. These outstanding results reflect the very high levels of hard work, commitment and ambition of our students.

“I am sure they would like to join me in thanking the staff for all their dedication and guidance over the past five years. I would like to add my thanks to my colleagues and also to thank parents and Governors for their support. The children have done fantastically well and we are all very proud of them.”

Cranford Community College are especially happy with the "outstanding English, Maths and Science results"

Congratulations to Cranford Community College who collected their results today.

Simran Bangar and Geetanjali Kumar(Image: Cranford Community College)

Kevin Prunty, Executive Headteacher, said:

“We are truly delighted with the 2017 GCSE results. We are particularly pleased because of the many changes to GCSE specifications, the tougher expectations and marking and the new grading for English and Maths.

“We are especially happy with the outstanding English, Maths and Science results with many students achieving the new top grades of 8 and 9 in English and Maths and A and A* grades in the sciences.

“Cranford is putting on specific enhancement programmes for students in the sixth form such as an exchange visit with partner schools in China, the Cambridge Immerse programme and a specific BMAT support programme for Medical students.”

Majid Anjum, Nandushan Balendran, Bilal Malik(Image: Cranford Community College)

Here are some of the top fliers:

  • Haashim Nisar achieved the new highest grade 9 in Maths, English language and English literature, plus 7 A* and A grades

Haashim Nisar(Image: Cranford Community College)

  • Kinza Butt also achieved the new highest grade 9 in Maths, English language and English literature, plus 8 A* and A grades Other high flyers
  • Ali Sarwar: grade 9 in Maths and 8 in both English language and English literature plus 8 A* and A grades
  • Nandushan Balendran: grade 9 in Maths and English literature, grade 8 in English language, an A** in Further Maths plus 5 A* and A grades
  • Teodor Jevtic: grade 9 in Maths and in English literature, A** in Further Maths plus 5 A* and A grades

Teodor Jevtic(Image: Cranford Community College)

  • Navneet Brar: grade 9 in English literature, grade 8 in Maths and English language plus 7 A* and A grades
  • Sameer Verma: grade 9 in English literature, grade 8 in Maths and English language plus 6 A* and A grades
  • Maeve D’Souza: grade 9 in English literature, grade 8 in Maths and English language plus 6 A* and A grades
  • Hudaifa Mohamed took AS Maths early and achieved grade 8 in both English language and English literature plus 8 A* and A grades

Special congratulations to Noman Khan who took his A Levels two years early and was awarded A* for Maths and Further Maths and A in Physics.

Mr Prunty added:

“A big well done to Geetanjali Kumar and Sabrina Akter who achieved more than 4 grades above national expectations and an average of well above grade 7 due to sheer hard work and determination! Huge congratulations to all our students on their great achievements and we wish them every success as they start their A level courses next month.”

Kingsley Academy are thrilled that four students scored the "hard-to-attain" Grade 9

Kingsley Academy are thrilled that four students managed to score the hard-to-attain Grade 9 in English or maths.

This grade is awarded to the top 20% of A* candidates so these students are really la crème de la crème of 16 year-olds in England.

Alex, Ocean, Arantsha and Ashnoi managed to score 20 As and A*s in addition to these Grade 9s.

Many others did extremely well too: Kamal, Trudy, Nabil, Ana and Alex scored 36 As and A* between them, and twelve Grade 7s and 8s in maths and English, with these grades being the equivalent of A or A* in the previous system.

Some students who arrived from abroad with little English managed, in less than two years, to get a pass in English and a clutch of very good results elsewhere: Safin for example scored 2 As, 2Bs and a Grade 8 in maths.

Student Arantsha wrote: “The school did a lot of work for us and pushed us really hard with the after school revision sessions and lots more” and Nola thanked the school for its interventions, pizza and lots of love and support!

Lesley Kirby, Headteacher, described herself as “so pleased that our students managed to pull out some extraordinary grades”, and goes on to say:

“Being the guinea-pig year is no easy option, yet they attended extra sessions (thanks to the dedication of Kingsley staff) and put their hearts into their studies, with the results that we have seen. I am very proud that so many have ‘made their best better’”.

90% of Gunnersbury Catholic School students achieved 5 or more GCSE grades at A*-C

Students and staff at Gunnersbury Catholic School are celebrating fantastic achievement in their GCSE results.

90% of the GCSE candidates achieved 5 or more GCSE grades at A*-C (9-4) including English and Maths.

Gunnersbury Catholic School are celebrating their GCSE results(Image: Gunnersbury Catholic School)

An outstanding 39% of all GCSE passes awarded were at the top grades of A* and A (9-7) with 62% of students attaining the English Baccalaureate (EBacc).

Almost two thirds of the boys achieved the English Baccalaureate, providing them with a high quality profile which is highly regarded by the top universities.

Performance in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and modern foreign languages were particularly strong.

Headteacher, Kevin Burke, said:

“These are a fantastic set of results that our amazing students have achieved.

“I am filled with pride having observed at first hand the talents, determination and application of our boys that have enabled such success.

“These GCSE results have once again placed Gunnersbury Catholic School amongst the leading schools in the country.

“This success is a testament to the hard work of our pupils, allied to the teaching from Gunnersbury’s amazing teachers.

“In a year of great examination changes Gunnersbury has continued to achieve the very highest, Ad Altiora.”

St Benedict’s School sees 6.4% increase in A and A* grades

This year has seen a significant improvement in GCSE results at St Benedict’s School in Ealing.

It has enjoyed a 6.4% increase in the number of A /A* grades, with the total standing at 57.6% this year.

Max Lubowiecki(Image: UGC TMS)

In the new 9-1 grading system, pupils achieved 9-7 grades in 43.3% of English and Maths papers. This equates approximately to A*/A grades in the old system and represents an 8.1% improvement on last year’s results in these subjects.

Among those with impressive results were Cerys Edwards and Max Lubowiecki who wiped the board with A* or A grades.

Cerys Edwards(Image: UGC TMS)

Headmaster Andrew Johnson said:

“I am delighted to be able to congratulate our pupils warmly on these very strong results, and thank their teachers for all their hard work in support of our GCSE candidates.”

Stop what you're doing to applaud this young lady

We’ve been inspired by the fine results of pupils in west London.

But have you seen the amazing efforts of Ines Alves, who survived the Grenfell Tower fire and sat a chemistry exam hours later?

Read all about her stunning GCSE efforts here.

Ines Alves sat her chemistry exam hours after escaping Grenfell Tower(Image: PA)

Happy faces at Shepherd's Bush school

Ark Burlington Danes pupil Jordan Osborne was thrilled with her results.

She said: “I’ve done really well. “I wasn’t expecting to get the results that I did.

“Some of them I got a 9 in where I was expecting a 6, so it’s just amazing. “All the teachers have done exceptionally well. If you just put in the effort and with a bit of luck you’ll get there.

“I’m going to celebrate. I’m going to indulge in my favourite sugary drinks and food, I think I deserve it.”

And playing tribute to the Shepherd’s Bush school, she added: “I feel that the school helped me in my studies. Even when I thought that I’m good enough my teachers be like ‘no, you can do this’ and then I do it.”

Jordan Osborne with mum and Ark Burlington Danes principal Michael Ribton

Over at Westminster Academy

Students at Westminster Academy in North Westminster are today celebrating 74% of students achieving the benchmark grade of a pass at GCSE.

Principal Dr Saima Rana said: “Whilst adopting a new grading system has been a challenge, at Westminster Academy our students and staff thrive on challenges and I am thrilled to see our students achieving results that open doors to exciting future pathways.

“Congratulations to the Class of 2017, and to the parents, carers, staff, sponsors, governors and community and business partners who have given students their invaluable support throughout their education at Westminster Academy.”

Westminster Academy students posing proudly with their GCSEs, along with Westminster City Council's Director of Schools Ian Heggs, Principal Dr Saima Rana Cllr Richard Holloway, cabinet member for children, families and young people

Back to Featherstone in Southall

Featherstone saw a 10% increase in A* and A grades, bucking the national trend.

Two students achieved the maximum possible grades of 9,9,9 for the new Maths and English grading system.

This was achieved by only 2,000 students across the country.

Hammersmith Academy reveal this year's stats

Earlier we heard from Hammersmith Academy head Gary Kynaston.

Hammersmith Academy students with their results, and headteacher Gary Kynaston(Image: UGC TMS)

Here are some impressive stats from the school:

  • 75% of students achieved 5 GCSEs A*-C equivalent
  • 65% achieved 5 A*-C including English and maths
  • 74% 9-4 in English language
  • 80% 9-4 in English literature 71% 9- 4 in maths.

In total they got 100 A*s or equivalent (compared to last year’s 50) and 166 A grades.23% of all grades were A*-A equivalent.

Among the stand-out performers this year were head boy Amandeep Arora, who took 12 subjects – achieving 3 grade 9s for each of his English and maths, the top score in this new type of exam.

He additionally scored 9A* and Distinction* in IT. This is the equivalent of 13A* placing him in the top 0.1% of students nationally.

Natalie Brundle, deputy head girl, was awarded a tremendous 3A* and 6A equivalents. She said:

“I feel good and relieved.

“It has been a long ride. The academy provided every opportunity. There was no shortage of ways to do well, improve and get better. The teachers have made it incredible.”

Many other students, including Hameed Rahimi, James Pye, Sarveen Sangthhiramohan and Jamel Lawrence, also excelled.

Harrow High School celebrate its best ever GCSE results achieved at the school

Harrow High School is pleased to announce that today its learners will be receiving the best ever GCSE results achieved at the school.

Maria Jipa(Image: Harrow High School)

65% of learners achieved the new grade 4 in English and Maths whilst 42% achieved grade 5 or better in both, well ahead of the expected national averages.

Even more impressive is that 25% of grades in Maths and 21% of grades in English were at 9-7 (A**-A equivalent.)

Marilyn Amartey is shocked at her results(Image: Harrow High School)

48% of learners achieved these top grades in Languages whilst over 40% did so in the Triple Sciences.

Paul Gamble, Headteacher, said:

“These are a phenomenal set of results that reflect just how far the school has come.

“We are now working well in excess of national averages and the progress our learners make is just incredible.

“Our learners have worked so hard to achieve these outcomes and they have had the support of a dedicated and incredibly talented team of teachers and other staff.

“The standard of teaching and learning in our school is truly impressive. Even more impressive is the fact these results come on the back of our best ever A-level outcomes last week.

“We are so proud of all involved.”

Walaa Mahdi and Andrada Mathe(Image: Harrow High School)

Jonathan Buchanan, Deputy Headteacher, said:

“We are particularly delighted with our English and Mathematics results given that these are the new ‘harder’ examinations.

“68% of our learners achieved grade 4 and above in English whilst the comparative score in Mathematics was an amazing 72%.

“I am just delighted that all the hard work our learners have put in over the past 5 years has paid off and will lead them to the next stage in their education. “I must also pay tribute to their teachers who have supported and challenged them throughout – a great team effort!”

Anjana Tamang(Image: Harrow High School)

A parent said: “It has been a great experience for my daughters to attend Harrow High School for the past few years, as the school has helped them since their very first day.

“The school has really helped in developing their English language skills, which has reinforced their studies and enabled them to achieve the highest grades. “The positive experience of my daughters in the Sixth form (Mariam achieved A*A*A C in Year 13and Sara achieved AAAA grades in Year 12) encouraged me to enrol my youngest daughter in Harrow High School too.

“Every time I remember my daughters success in high school and Sixth form, I will always remember Harrow High.”

Haroon Khan(Image: Harrow High School)

Marilyn Amartey, who achieved two 9s in English language and English Literature, plus AAAABB, said: “I put my English results down to 2 things – hard work and Miss O’Brien! Best teacher in the world!!” – Marilyn is going on to do A levels at Harrow High 6th form.

Haroon Khan – A**(9) in English literature, plus A*AAAAABB, said: “Quite simply Teachers! Teachers! Teachers!”

Reach Academy in Feltham celebrated a "stellar" set of results

Reach Academy Feltham today said they celebrated a stellar set of GCSEs, as the first cohort of pupils from the school received their results.

A third of the cohort got at least 5 A*-A grades and six pupils achieved a new grade 9 in either English or Maths, which is higher than an A*.

Secondary Headteacher, Rebecca Cramer, said:

“We are thrilled with pupils’ results and pay tribute to their hard work and to the support of their parents and teachers.”

Reach Academy Feltham opened in 2012. It is a small all-through school with pupils aged from two upwards.

The school has built an excellent reputation and a second Reach Academy has been approved to open in the coming years.

With 96% of pupils achieving a Grade 4 in English and Maths, many pupils got brilliant results, highlights included:

  • Kayla Long, who got Grades 9 and 8 in English and a Grade 7 in Maths, plus six A*s
  • Rahul Shah who got Grades 9 and 8 in English, a Grade 8 in Maths, three A*s and two As
  • Darragh Briscomb with Grade 9 in Maths, Grades 8 and 6 in English, four A*s and two As. A total of six pupils received Grade 9 results.

Reach Academy Feltham opens its sixth form this September and are recruiting students now.

Chiswick School bucks the national trend

Chiswick School pupils are celebrating after bucking the national trend with outstanding results in English.

Despite a nationwide decline, the school had a pass rate of 80 per cent in English, equivalent to the A* - C grade, which would make them among the top performing schools nationally.

Remarkably, 70 per cent of student scored 5 or above in the exam, equivalent grade B and above, which could see school ranked among the best in the country.

Leah O'Grady and Ava McCoy(Image: Mark Thomas)

Chiswick students were “delighted” with their results, which included 21 pupils who scored the top ‘9’ grade, equivalent to A**.

Leah O’Grady, 16, from Chiswick, 6 A* and 4 As and will stay on at Chiswick sixth form to study Physics, Politics, Maths and Drama at A Level. She said:

“There were a few unexpected bonuses in my results, which I am really pleased with.

“I’ve been waiting to get these results so it’s a relief to finally be able to open the envelope and find out how I have done.

“I am keeping an open mind at the moment. My passion is quantum mechanics which may sound strange from a 16-year-old.

“That is what I want to study but I will be taking a very mixed range of A Level to keep my options open.”

Sam Stevens, 16, from Chiswick, achieved the equivalent of seven A* grades and an A grade and will study Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Biology.

He has now set his sights on a place at either Oxford or Cambridge to study Physics. He said:

Sam Stevens(Image: Mark Thomas)

“I am really pleased to have done so well. I hit my personal target and exceeded it in English. I’ve always set myself high targets so it is a relief to get these results.

“The hard work has paid off thanks to plenty of revision and support from the school. They really help you to achieve your potential.”

Khairah Boukhatem celebrates her results at Chiswick School(Image: Mark Thomas)

Incoming Headteacher Phil Masterson, who will take over in September, said:

“We are extremely pleased to have such outstanding English results. Against a nationwide trend that has seen results dip we are proud that our staff have rose to the challenge.

“There have also been some truly remarkable individual results from students. We are very proud of their achievements and will look forward to welcoming many of them back next September to study in our sixth form.

“The school have produced good results across the board. My job when I take up my position next year is to ensure that our outstanding success in English is matched across the board.”

Whitmore High School achieved a third of grades at A* and A

Whitmore High School students are overjoyed with their GCSE results with a third of grades at A* and A and 74% of students gaining a good pass in both English and Maths.

Whitmore High School students smile for the camera(Image: Whitmore High School)

Head of Year, Ms Simone Benn, said:

“This is my first year as Head of Year and I’m extremely proud of our students and all they’ve achieved.

“They have risen to the challenge of the new GCSEs.

“Can I add a huge thank you to our parents and carers for all their support and encouragement – we could not have done it without you.”

Whitmore High School students are overjoyed with their GCSE results(Image: Whitmore High School)

Poppy Farr, who achieved eight A*’s, one A, one 9 and two 8’s, said:

“I am so happy with my results and seeing my friends so happy has been an experience I won’t forget.

“Everyone says that Year 11 summer holidays are the best in your life but most people I know have spent it worrying about results day.

“Over these five years at Whitmore I have come to know the value of a good teacher and my teachers have inspired me to be a teacher in the future.”

Krishan Mistry, who got six A*s, three As, and three 9s, said:

“At last the long awaited results day has finally appeared – full of both impatience and joy.

“I’d like to thank all the teachers here who have helped me.

“However, it is also very important that each and every one of us realises we have overcome one hurdle in life – but many more await us as we move into the Sixth Form!”

St Mark’s Catholic School 'delighted' with their GCSE results

St Mark’s Catholic School was delighted with their GCSE results this morning.

88% of students achieved five standard passes including English and Maths and 42 students gained the equivalent of 8+ A*/A/Level 8/9 grades.

Three students, Nicole Ahlawat, Emily Alexander and Eoin Hanlon gained 10 A*/Level 8/9 grades.

Featherstone High School's top achievers jump for joy

We hear from some of Featherstone High School’s top achievers.

Anmol Mhay, Hana Kariye, Sadaf Rahman, Gurraj Mahal, Hanad Ali and Najat Yusef(Image: UGC TMS)

Gurraj Mahal, who had three 9s and 5A*, said:

“My grades are down to my teachers and my hard work.

“I think the Maths and Science departments here are excellent”.

Sadaf Rahman, who had two 9s, four A*’s and one A, said “I think my results show my hard work, love for my subjects and love for the school”.

Anmol Mhay, who had two 9s, an 8 and five A*’s echoed Sadaf, adding: “My hard work really paid off, I’m so pleased”.

Hitesh Kothari, two 8’s and five A*’s. said: “I’d really like to thank my teachers and also my mentor who really helped me achieve my results.”

73% of Northwood School students achieved Grade 4 and above in both English and maths

Northwood School students are celebrating another set of outstanding results today with 73% of students achieving Grade 4 and above in both English and maths.

Northwood School celebrate their GCSE results(Image: Northwood School)

Mark Anderson, Headteacher, said:

“I am so happy for the students. None of this would have happened without the hard work and dedication of the students themselves, combined with the unstinting support they’ve had from their teachers and parents.

“I am proud of each and every student.”

With many students out-performing their targets, there was a flood of top grades and some stunning individual performances.

Amisha Kalra achieved three Grade 9s and eight A*s(Image: Northwood School)

Amongst the high flyers was Amisha Kalra who achieved three Grade 9s and eight A*s. She said:

“I am so delighted with my results and I can’t thank the teachers enough for all the support they’ve given me. Northwood is a fantastic school. They really care about every student. With these grades I feel I can do anything!”

Mr Anderson added: “Though the changes to this year’s GCSE exams in English and maths means results cannot be compared with those of previous years, I am delighted to see how well both staff and students have responded to the demands of these more challenging GCSEs.”

Harlington School celebrate students achieving '9' grades

Harlington School is celebrating an excellent year for GCSE’s, with students excitedly opening their envelopes this morning.

Headteacher Liz Horrigan said:

“We are so proud of the students. At a time of great national uncertainty with the GCSE changes, they have worked so hard, and richly deserved their results today.”

Patryk Prokop only joined Harlington at the beginning of Year 11(Image: Harlington School)

Patryk Prokop, only joined Harlington at the beginning of Year 11. He said:

“Having studied at Harlington for only one year I am so happy with my results.

“These couldn’t have been predicted for me before I started here.

“Coming to a new school was challenging but staff helped me reach my potential in year 11 and I couldn’t be happier with how things have turned out.

“I’m looking forward to my next adventure in education at college. Thank you to all the staff for their hard work and dedication”

A group of students were delighted to achieve a 9 in either English or Mathematics, along with a string of other A*, 8 and A grades.

Rebecca McKie, Daniel Oshidero, Mariam Alakozay and Ramla Omar achieved '9' grades(Image: Harlington School)

Rebecca Mckie, who achieved the top outcomes in the year group, said: “I am delighted with my results. I’m very grateful for the support of the staff at Harlington and I look forward to continuing my education here studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths at A Level, with the hope of then going on to University to study Zoology.”

Maryam Alakozay said: “I am so happy with the GCSE grades that I achieved. I’d like to say thank you to all the staff that have helped me progress through year 7 – 11 and have helped me to achieve these grades, their support have been invaluable.

“I’m now going to study A Levels at Harlington Sixth form, before hopefully studying Law at university.”

Emmanuel McCalmon-Dufrene also achieved a '9' grade(Image: Harlington School)

Emmanuel McCalmon-Dufrene said:

“I am so proud of the grades that I have achieved. I will now be studying A Levels at Harlington sixth form.

“The teachers helped and supported me so much I feel this is the right place to continue this stage of my education. I would like to eventually study Business at University.”

14 Twyford CE High School students scored the prestigious '9' grade

Twyford students celebrated exceptional results in Maths and English where for the first time this year students were able to achieve the prestigious grade 9 for English and Maths.

Twyford CE High School celebrate their GCSE results(Image: Twyford CE High School)

With both English and Maths achieving 88% of students gaining a 4 and above, these results in the new harder syllabuses place Twyford in the top 5% of schools.

Maths and English also boasted an identical achievement 14 students gaining a grade 9 (the new ‘super-A*’ grade) with 35 students (19%) gaining at least one grade 9.

Grades in other subjects were also strong – exceptionally so in Science where the result of 91% A*-C in Additional Science topped the school’s previous personal best - which had placed it within the top 2% of schools nationally.

14% of the year group achieved the equivalent of 9A/A* or above and 44% 3A/A* and above.

Top scoring girl within the school was Joanna Reid who achieved a stunning triple 9 as well as 7A*s with Sipan Petrosyan the highest scoring boy with 9/8/8 and seven A*s.

Congratulations Twford!(Image: Twyford CE High School)

Associate Headteacher, Karen Barrie said:

“Twyford is hugely proud that 8% of the exam cohort achieved this new top of the top grade which compares very favourably with the national figures of 2%/3% in English and Maths.”

Executive Headteacher, Dame Alice Hudson, said:

“I am delighted with the outcomes of all students who have worked so very hard to meet the demands of these new courses.

“I am also pleased that the school has used this opportunity to help students recognise their gifts and target pathways post-16 that will give them the best possible future aspirations.”

Hammersmith Academy Headteacher speaks of his pride

Gary Kynaston, head at Hammersmith Academy, said:

“It’s been a fantastic morning and we’ve had some really positive, really good results.

“I’m really pleased especially with the more rigorous and challenging English and maths exams.

“I’m really proud of all the students’ achievements and the sign-up to the Sixth Form shows they’re looking to get in that next level of their study.

“The staff have been amazing too. We have an incredibly strong collaboration with students and staff, with the diligent support of parents.”

Villiers High School is celebrating its best ever GCSE results

A Southall school is celebrating its best ever GCSE results with pupils scoring among the best results in the country.

Villiers High School scored high on the Progress 8 measures, introduced last year, which tracks how much progress pupils make between starting school and finishing their GCSE Based on this year’s results, the school would be ranked in the top 200 nationally for GCSE results and be among the best performing in Ealing.

They also scored the best ever results in English and Maths with a combined pass rate of 65 per cent.

The Southall pupils achieved the excellent results against a backdrop of the biggest shake-up to GCSE exams in a generation.

New exams in English language, English literature and maths were taken by the Year 11 students - which were graded in numbers, with nine as the highest mark and one the lowest.

Budding journalist Aisha Warsame scored six A *and four As(Image: Mark Thomas)

Budding journalist Aisha Warsame, 16, from Southall, scored six A *and four As and will study Politics, History, English Literature and Philosophy at Villiers sixth from.

She has set her sights on studying to Oxbridge to study Law after completing her A Levels at Villiers sixth form.

She said: “It is the best feeling ever. I needed these results to get on the A Levels I want to study so it was important for me to do well.

“They really reach you the value of hard work at this school. To do well consistently across a range of subjects is tough but at Villiers we learn the value of hard work and determination.”

Aya Asse, 16, from Ealing, scored a remarkable 10 A* or equivalent.

She said: “It feels like a bit of a dream to be honest. I expected to do well but this has exceeded all expectation.

“You always doubt yourself after the exams but it just goes to show that hard work does pay off. I have to give a lot of credit to Villiers for the help they have given me.

“The intervention sessions, after school revision and working at weekends really does make difference. The teachers are so committed at this school.”

Villiers High School celebrate their GCSE results(Image: Mark Thomas)

Deputy Headteacher Chris Richards said: “This is a really proud day for Villiers High school. These results would put us among the best performing in the country for progress and close to the top of the borough table.

“There have also been some quite understanding individual results with multiple students bucking national trends to do extremely well across a range of subjects.

“We instil a very hard work ethic in our pupils to ensure they know that nothing comes easily. They have repaid us with fantastic determination.

“We look forward to welcoming many of our year 11 pupils will back to Villiers in September to study for their A Levels at our sixth form.”

Hurlingham Academy celebrate third consecutive year of GCSE improvement

The Hurlingham Academy, in Fulham, has seen a third consecutive year of significant improvement in their GCSE results.

72% of students achieved five or more A* to C grades including 4 or above in both English and maths – the highest ever.

In August 2014, the predecessor school saw 42% of students gaining five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.

Since joining United Learning in January 2015, the school has gone from strength to strength, and seen a 30 percentage point increase overall in the number of students meeting this headline measure.

There were notable individual successes, including: Stephanie Corbin, who achieved grade 9s in English Language and maths, two A*s and three As; Benjamin Ntumba, who achieved grade 9s in English literature and maths, four A*s and three As; Huda Abdalla, who achieved grade 9s in English Literature and maths, three A*s and four As; Sunday Eguaroje, who achieved a grade 9 in maths and eight As; Malak Karim, who achieved a grade 8 in maths, four A*s and five As; Shifana Kunnathedath, who achieved a grade 8 in maths and eight As; Kenneth Barba, who achieve a grade 8 in maths, three A*s and five As.

Leon Wilson, Principal of The Hurlingham Academy, said:

“We are absolutely delighted with these results today which demonstrate a significant, three-year upward trend for the academy.

“Everyone at the academy – students and staff alike – has worked tirelessly to drive up standards and to improve the outcomes our students achieve.

“These results are therefore testament to their efforts and are ones that students can take genuine pride in. “I would like to thank staff for maintaining high aspirations for what our students can achieve and to students for working hard to meet them.

“I know that this year’s continued GCSE success will help to spur on our younger cohorts to achieve these and better results in the future.”

Hatch End High School praise student who improved grades despite suffering a house fire

A Hatch End High School pupil made exceptional progress in his GCSEs despite facing the traumatic experience of his family losing everything in a house fire.

Sameer Tokhi was praised today after receiving his results.

Sameer Tokhi made exceptional progress in his GCSEs(Image: Hatch End High School)

Headteacher Ms Maguire said:

“Hatch End High School are once again delighted with the fantastic performance of so many of our young people who today received the very highest GCSE grades reflecting 5 years of hard work and dedication by themselves and our dedicated staff body.

“We were particularly delighted at the exceptionally high number of the top grades, 7-9 in a year which has seen such changes with more rigorous course content.

“We enter a much higher than average percentage of students for the EBAC subjects including Triple Science and Modern Foreign Languages which are held in higher esteem by Employers and Universities.

“Following on from outstanding A Level results last week, Hatch End has established itself as a centre of academic excellence both locally and nationally which achieves the highest standards.”

Particular success stories include Muhibullah Amini, with 6 A* and 5 A grades and a coveted “9” in Mathematics.

Muhibullah Amini scored 6 A* and 5 A grades and a coveted “9” in Mathematics(Image: Hatch End High School)

He said: “I am delighted with my results, I joined Hatch End High School in Year 9 and have had a truly amazing experience with the staff who have been very supportive every step of the way.”

Jason Amoah who achieved a '9' in maths(Image: Hatch End High School)

Jason Amoah who achieved a “9” in maths and another 4 A* and 6 grade A’s, said: “I am very proud of my results.

“It has been a highly productive time at Hatch End High School, the staff have really helped me enormously.

“I am looking forward to starting at the Sixth Form in September.”

Aliesha Amalarajah received her grade 9 in English and 8 other A* - A grades with 3 B’s.

Aliesha Amalarajah received her grade 9 in English and 8 other A* - A grades with 3 B’s(Image: Hatch End High School)

She said: “I am really happy with my results. I had a fantastic time at Hatch End High School having joined in Year 9 and found the teachers to be very supportive in helping me to gain the best grades possible.”

Sophia Richard was the second highest performer in the whole school(Image: Hatch End High School)

Sophia Richard who chose to come to HEHS from another school in Year 8 was the second highest performer in the whole school.

And Rezarta Ibishi, who earned two grade 9’s in both English and Maths and a whole host of other top grades.

Portland Place School say they are celebrating a 'double success'

Portland Place School, in the City of Westminster, has commended its pupils as they returned to collect their excellent GCSE results this morning.

Portland Place School celebrate their GCSE results(Image: Portland Place School)

Staff and pupils at the independent school are celebrating not only a high record of five plus A*-C grades with 85% achieving this, but also being placed in the top 3% of schools nationally for progress based on Value Added Scores for A-Levels – the difference between what a pupil achieves, in comparison to what they were expected to receive.

David Bradbury, Headmaster, said:

“The pupils have worked incredibly hard and it is pleasing to see that they have made outstanding progress.

“It gives us confidence that our method of teaching, which is based around bespoke, individual attention in a nurturing environment, enables them to fulfil their potential.

“This double celebration of exceptional GCSE results and value added scores for A-levels illustrates the hard work and determination shown by both staff and pupils.

“To be placed in the top 3% of schools nationally for progress based on value added is a fantastic accomplishment.”

Record results at JFS

JFS students have achieved record results with 92% of entries A*-C or 9-4.

98 students (over a third of the cohort) achieved A*/A grades (or equivalent) in eight or more subjects and 52% of all grades were A*-A or 9-7.

Deborah Lipkin, executive headteacher, Simon Appleman, headteacher, and Sheri Berg, director of KS4, said:

The Governors of the School join us in congratulating all our students and their families on these outstanding results. Record GCSE results alongside record A Level results reflect the exceptional educational provision on offer at JFS and further cement our position as one of the leading non-selective schools in the country. We are deeply proud of our students and these impressive grades reflect the high degree of resilience, commitment and hard work by students and staff. We commend them on their achievements and look forward to welcoming them and others to our outstanding Sixth Form in September

'Delighted with the results'

The executive headteacher at The Green School, Isleworth, is ‘delighted’ with today’s results.

Sally Yarrow said:

Our students have performed exceptionally well this year. We are delighted with the results and in particular, the achievements in English Language, where 88% of our students achieved a grade 5 or higher. We are proud of all our girls, and special note must go to those who achieved one of the 30 grade 9s in English and Maths given the new, more challenging exams in these subjects.

Congratulations to all our students for their hard work and tenacity in achieving excellent results and personal bests. Also, a big thank you to our staff on the tireless work and commitment. We wish the girls every success for the future, and look forward to seeing them again in the Sixth Form.”

Isobel James, Ishwari Pandey and Jessica Rae – students who achieved top grades in all 10 of their subjects

Elthorne Park High School celebrates outstanding GCSE results

Elthorne Park High School is celebrating its fifth year in a row of outstanding GCSE results.

75% of students have achieved 5 A-C*, including English and Maths, and 77% of students gained a ‘good pass’ in English and Maths under the new 9-1 graded GCSEs.

A huge number of students have also achieved a ‘strong pass’ at the new grade 5 or above.

80% of students have achieved 5 A-C overall was 80%.

30% of grades were at A* or A with 34 top grade nines in English and Maths.

Throughout the year group a total of 12 students gained10 straight A*/A grades and the cohort as a whole obtained 485 grades at A*- A (30%).

Top achievers were Seoan Webb and Siobhan Woodley, who each attained an amazing 10 A* grades in all of their subjects.

Headteacher Eliot Wong said:

“I am prouder than ever to be the Headteacher of Elthorne Park High School. These incredible results are a testament to both our amazing students and dedicated, expert staff. We continue to improve year on year and I look forward to welcoming all of our outstanding students back to our sixth form. All of our students should be absolutely thrilled with their outcomes”.

Headteacher, Eliot Wong with Alexander Hood on the left and Alex Bruckner on the right.

'It's the culmination of years of hard work'

Brent councillor Mili Patel has congratulated all students, staff, teachers and governors for their “hard work”.

The cabinet member for children and young people said: “On behalf of Brent Council, I would like to congratulate every student celebrating today.

“It’s the culmination of many years of hard work and I wish all of the young people receiving their results today the very best of luck for the future.

“I’d also like to congratulate all of the teachers, staff and governors whose hard work and tireless commitment all year round helps support our young people in Brent to ensure that they get the best possible start in life.”

'Significant improvement' at Hurlingham Academy

GSCE results at Hurlingham Academy have shown a third consecutive year of significant improvement.

72% of students achieved five or more A* to C grades including four or above in both English and maths – up from 63% in 2016 and the highest ever.

Leon Wilson, principal, said: “We are absolutely delighted with these results today which demonstrate a significant, three-year upward trend for the academy.

“Everyone at the academy – students and staff alike – has worked tirelessly to drive up standards and to improve the outcomes our students achieve. These results are therefore testament to their efforts and are ones that students can take genuine pride in.

“I would like to thank staff for maintaining high aspirations for what our students can achieve and to students for working hard to meet them. I know that this year’s continued GCSE success will help to spur on our younger cohorts to achieve these and better results in the future.”

DLD College London celebrates excellent results

Results are starting to trickle in now - and it’s excellent news from DLD College London.

The school is celebrating a 99% pass rate.

25 out of 26 subjects achieved an exceptional 100% pass rate, and the top grades have improved this year with 47% of students achieving A*-Bs compared with last year’s 41%.

72% have achieved A*-C grades with 72%.

Principal Rachel Borland said:

We are extremely proud of these brilliant results and it is pleasing to see that we are continuing to go from strength to strength. These fantastic achievements are evidence of the hard work and commitment put in by both the students and our staff.”

DLD College London has celebrated the success of its students

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GCSEs updated

Today is the first time a number grading system has been used instead of the traditional letters.

So, instead of grades being A*-C, pupils will get a number from one to nine.

English Language, English Literature and Maths are the first subjects to use the new numerical system.

Another 20 subjects will have a nine to one grading in 2018, with others following in 2019.

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Woking High School, Morton Road, Horsell. GCSE results. L-R: Ciran Cousin, Jethro Loch

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