Students around the UK will be receiving their much-anticipated GCSE results from 9am on Thursday August 25.
Thousands of secondary school students across west London will today find out if all their hard work and sleepless nights studying for their exams were worth it...
Today, getwestlondon will be bringing you all the latest updates, results and reaction from schools across the area. Our reporters and photographers will be amongst the drama (and emotions), speaking to teenagers, parents and teaching staff as results are released.
We'll also be giving you tips, advice, guidance and information for those who are celebrating receiving their results, to those who may not have achieved what they hoped for.
Stick with us throughout today as we bring you all the live coverage. And, to congratulate someone especially, or to let us know your results, either email firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet @getwestlondon.
That’s the end of our live blog, and indeed the end of another day where the sight of paper being pulled from envelopes is able to strike such fear and joy into so may young people. And, indeed, the end of another year of exam results - good news for busy teachers, students and reporters alike!
Have a scroll through our blog from today to catch up with all the round ups from across west London, and to remind yourselves that there is FREE CAKE to be had.
Have fun celebrating everyone, and if you haven’t started yet then here are a few ideas....
Our final round-up comes from the borough of Ealing - the scene of floods more A* and A grades. Congratulations to all schools in the borough for some standout results.
One highlight was a whopping third of all grades achieved by pupils at the Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls were A* and As. Students celebrated by holding their papers above their heads in one of the most choreographed pictures we’ve seen today. A* for effort there.
And still they come...
The latest results are from the Hammersmith/Fulham/Kensington area, where students at Hammersmith Academy told us how they felt as they ripped open the dreaded envelopes. But - spoiler alert - it ended up being a nice surprise for most.
We have a full round-up in this story.
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The results are in for The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls in Ealing!
The Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls in Ealing saw:
A third of all exam grades in the school at A*s and As
One in every seven students achieving eight or more A* to A grades
Headteacher, Rachel Kruger, said: “At our core we have exceptional teaching and a solid, broad curriculum, and that has meant that our staff and students have not swayed with the winds as performance measures have changed over the years.
“Instead, our teaching and learning model has stood the test of time and has consistently produced results to be proud of.
“Our girls have worked incredibly hard and have been supported by truly fantastic teachers, governors and parents. The exam results pay testament not only to their hard work and ambition, but also the high standard that can be expected of an Ellen Wilkinson education.”
The results are in from Westminster Academy!
Westminster Academy students are celebrating 70% of students achieving the benchmark A* to C in English and maths at GCSE.
Notable success was achieved in science, in which 87% of students achieved A* to C.
In English language or English Literature, 84% of students achieved A* to C, which the Academy is particularly proud of given that 85% of students have English as an additional language.
Principal of Westminster Academy, Dr Saima Rana, said, “I am privileged to have been a part of the journey of this cohort, who have developed from excitable Year 7s to the talented, inquisitive, open-minded, respectful group of young people who have today made us proud with this outstanding set of GCSE results.”
The results are in from The Green School in Isleworth!
The Green School in Isleworth saw:
33% of all results achieving grades A* or A
One student achieving nine A*s
One student achieving eight A*s and two As
Two students achieving eight A*s and one A
11 students achieving all A* and A grades
Mrs Sally Yarrow, headteacher of The Green School, said: “Following our successful A level results last week, we are delighted to report an excellent set of GCSE results.
“The results reflected many personal success stories and we are very proud of our students’ achievements. We would like to congratulate all our students for their hard work and commitment to their studies as well as thanking our teaching and support staff for their dedication.”
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The results are in from Gunnersbury Catholic School!
At Gunnersbury Catholic School in Brentford, 89% of students gained five or more A* to C grade GCSEs including English and maths.
More than two fifths (41%) of all grades awarded to pupils there were As or A*s, and over two thirds (67%) of students achieved the English Baccalaureate, which requires good grades in a range of core subjects.
Headteacher Kevin Burke said: “I am filled with pride at the achievement of our boys. 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.”
St Helen's School in Northwood is celebrating its best-ever GCSE results!
St Helen’s School in Northwood is celebrating its best-ever GCSE results.
Almost 60% of all grades awarded were A*s, while 88% of grades were A*s or As.
Over half the year group were awarded exclusively A* and A grades, while nine girls achieved a clean sweep of A*s in all their subjects.
Headmistress Dr Mary Short commented, “St Helen’s is a school where girls are empowered to excel in all areas of the curriculum, and these record results are a rich reward for their exceptional hard work over the last five years in the Senior School.
“The study skills they have developed, their enthusiastic and inquisitive approach to their subjects, and the unswerving support and encouragement they have received from their parents and the school’s first-class team of teachers and tutors – all of whom are passionate about enabling and challenging the girls to give their very best - have all contributed to this unprecedented success.”
More brilliant students celebrating their results
Tyler Morgan, who studied at Hammersmith Academy, said: “I did quite well, I got mostly As and Bs. I did better than I thought in science, I actually did quite well!
“This morning I couldn’t eat anything because I was so nervous but I feel much better now. Now I’m planning to celebrate with my family.”
The results are in for Isleworth & Syon School!
Girls traditionally outperform boys when it comes to GCSE grades. But at the all-boys Isleworth & Syon School, students easily surpassed the national average for their sex.
Mo Farah’s old school saw 100% of students achieve five or more A* to G grades, which it said was well above the national average for boys of 89%.
A fifth (20%) of all GCSE grades at the school were A*s or As, which the school said was also comfortably above the national figure of 16% for boys.
Headteacher Euan Ferguson said: “While the national outlook continues to be unpredictable, we are thrilled that our boys have continued to excel. It is equally important to know that our boys continue to out-perform boys nationally and in mixed settings.”
The school’s roll of honour included: Robbie Whitmore (9 A*s, 2 As and a B), Omar Mahfoudi (7 A*s, 2 As and 2 Bs), Gheorghe Rotaru (5 A*s, 5 As and a B), Manahar Kumar (3 A*s and 8 As) and Hasseeb Hussain (4 A*s, 5 As and 2 Bs).
More brilliant results from Hammersmith Academy
Amari Drysdale, who studied at Hammersmith Academy, said: “I got five A*s and three As. I’m not that happy. In geography I’ve been getting A*s all year, but I got an A. For me, that’s below my personal standard. I know that I can do better than that. It’s the same with economics.
“I joined Hammersmith Academy in year eight and it’s been great here. The school has given me so many opportunities, that’s why I like it.”
The results are in from Feltham Community College!
Feltham Community College declared itself “truly delighted” with its students’ GCSE results.
76% of students achieving A* - C in English
64% of students achieving A* - C in maths
Star students at the school included: Ben Logsdon (3A*s, 4As, 1B), Alfie Webb (1A*, 3As, 3Bs), Liam Humphreys (5As, 3Bs), Sam Baigent (4As, 4Bs), Mehreen Ellahi (4As, 3Bs, 1C) Abbee Farmer (3As, 5Bs) and Florence Lawless-Hearn (1A*, 2As, 4Bs, 1C).
Some people are very surprised by their excellent results!
Brentford School for Girls "very proud" of results
Brentford School for Girls said it was “very proud” of its students’ achievements at GCSE.
It reserved a special mention for the following students, who achieved a great amount of A* and A grades between them: Chloe Hooper, Michelle Yang, Sophia Luouis, Hadjar Maache, Zoe O Logbon.
In a statement the school said: “We are delighted with another set of very strong GCSE results and are very proud of our students’ achievements as the GCSE examinations become more challenging nationally.
“Congratulations to all of the students in year 11 at Brentford School for Girls, we are looking forward to welcoming them all back into our thriving sixth form in September.”
The results are in for Rivers Academy in Feltham!
At Rivers Academy, in Feltham, acting principal Andria Singlehurst was “over the moon” about her pupils’ “tremendous results”.
Nearly two thirds (62%) of pupils at the school bagged five or more A* to C grade GCSEs including English and maths, and 28% achieved the English Baccalaureate, which also includes history or geography, the sciences and a language.
Ms Singlehurst said: “We are over the moon for our Year 11 students who have worked so hard with staff to achieve these tremendous results.
“Such phenomenal results, at GCSE and at A Level, are thanks to the incredibly committed support of all Rivers Academy’s talented teaching and support staff.
“On behalf of Rivers students I would like to thank the entire team of teaching staff and non-teaching staff for their dedication and profound moral drive which has led to such outstanding results for students.”
Some very bright students at Stockley Academy
Hannah Crowther, 16, from West Drayton, got a whopping 11 A* grades in her GCSEs, and will be going to sixth form to study biology, chemistry, maths and politics.
She said: “I wasn’t expecting it. I’m most proud of English Lit, because I wanted to get an A. I did better than I thought I would. The school works as hard as they can for students.”
The results are in for The Heathland School in Hounslow!
The Heathland School in Hounslow saw:
33% of grades at A* or A
24 pupils achieving at least 10 A grades
14 pupils achieving straight As or A*s
Deputy headteacher Michael Rose said: “We’re delighted with the results. We had lots of students achieving the top grades and there was excellent progress made across the year group.”
The students with 10 or more A* or A grades were: Nishi Acharya, Alvina Ahmed, Amrit Dhami, Nyla Drisdale-Gordon, Naincy Gajera, Mohammad Hakimi, Isabel Harvey, Janithaa Jeyakumar, Fatima Khan, Minhaj Mahim, Mahnoor Mustafa, Sasha Phull, Naveena Pranavarooban, Hannah Raja, Malaika Riaz, Kajal Sandhu, Sharaz Shahzad, Rohan Sood, Prashasti Tiwari, Kristen Treeby, Sarmpavi Uthayakumar, Ashley Vijayakumar, Rovena Walichchoru Evayage and Flora Waller.
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Message of congratulations from Hammersmith Academy headteacher
Headteacher of Hammersmith Academy, Gary Kynaston, spoke to getwestlondon about this year’s set of GCSE results.
Mr Kynaston said: “I’m really proud of all that they’ve [the students] achieved. They’ve worked tremendously hard. We take students from right across our community with a whole ability range, yet all of our students have achieved fantastic results.”
The results for Hammersmith Academy are in!
Hammersmith Academy saw:
75% of students achieving five GCSEs at A* - C grade
67% of students achieving five GCSEs at A* - C grade, including maths and English
77% of students achieving A* - C grades in English
82% of students achieving A* - C grades in English Literature
73% of students achieving A* - C grades in maths
50 students achieving A* grades
153 students achieving A grades
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Star students at The Heathland School in Hounslow
There are some star students at The Heathland School in Hounslow today, who bagged an impressive haul of A* and A GCSE grades.
Pictured from left to right are Ashley Vijayakumar, Kajal Sandhu, Sasha Phull, Kristen Treeby and Naveena Pranavarooban.
Naveena, who got six A*s and six As, said: “I was so nervous this morning because I found the exams very hard, so I’m really happy now.”
Planning on celebrating your results?
Getting ready to party tonight? Drinks and fancy meals are not the only way to have fun after your exams.
Check out our list of great ways to celebrate your GCSE results in west London this weekend!
These include heading to extreme sports, camping, outdoor cinema, and of course the annual Notting Hill Carnival, which is hitting west London this weekend.
Aaaand the results are in for Lampton School in Hounslow!
Lampton School in Hounslow said it was “delighted” with its GCSE results, after 69% of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades including maths and English.
More than three quarters (77%) of students at the school bagged five or more A* to C grades in any subject.
Headteacher Stephen Davis said: “We are delighted with the results achieved by our pupils today. To be able to celebrate such strong results for both attainment and progress is a real joy.
“The pupils worked exceptionally hard, supported by their families and fantastic teachers. We are proud that all pupils are able to make exceptional progress at Lampton School.”
The school gave a special mention to the following students, who all achieved straight A* or A grades: Zahrah Beg, Suraj Sharma, Ashwarya Rathod, Harmeet Singh, Aashna Malik, Samartha Gupta, Meenal Warrier, and Zak Williams.
Not sure what to do after your results come through?
If you find out your grades weren’t quite what you hoped, or you’re not sure whether you want to go to sixth form, there are plenty of other options.
From apprenticeships to BTEC qualifications, there are loads of pathways to consider after you get your results.
Check out our guide to getting your GCSE results to find out more about re-sits, re-marking and what to do if you don’t get into sixth form or college.
Good luck and good morning!
Good luck to everyone getting their GCSE results this morning.
We will be seeing you through with with the latest news and reaction from across west London.
Still confused about what to do after you get your results? We’ve written a guide to GCSE results day, which includes information on getting into sixth form and what to do next.