Nervous students collect GCSE results

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GCSE students began arriving at their schools early this morning in anticipation of their exam results.

It was the first time in two years that students were able to sit their exams and in many cases able to gather at their schools to find out the outcome.

Councillor Gillian Ford, Deputy Leader of Havering Council, said: “It’s a special day for many young people in Havering today and my congratulations go out to those who are celebrating their success.”

At Gaynes School, Upminster, there were many smiles as students opened the brown envelope containing their results.

Headteacher Annabelle Kirkpatrick said the school was celebrating a stellar set of results, which had improved on the 2019 figures when pupils last sat exams.

Around 55 pupils at the school each sat 10 GCSEs.

Brentwood School GCSE students celebrate

A fifth of Year 11 pupils at Brentwood School received the top Grade 9, five students achieved a full house of Grade 9s and no fewer than 50 had at least eight Grades 8s or 9s.

A very bright east London schoolgirl shared the secret of her success after getting the perfect score in her GCSEs.

Hannah La

Hannah La, 16, said she was over the moon after discovering she achieved grade 9 in all 10 of her subjects.

Her incredible achievement means she is likely to be among just a handful of students to reach such levels of success.

The youngster, who attends Buxton School in Leytonstone, said consistency was the key to getting the top grade across the board.

Hannah’s parents moved to the UK from Vietnam before she was born.

She will now attend Leyton Sixth Form to study A Levels in Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

She said: “It feels great, amazing. I can’t quite believe it if I’m honest. It seems like a dream. My amazing school must get a lot of the credit. They really pushed us to get the grades.”

Headteacher Jackie Bowers-Broadbent said: “I am incredibly proud of Hannah and indeed all of our students. It has been a challenging few years but they have shown incredible maturity and resilience.”

Students across the county who didn’t achieve the grades they’d hoped for can speak directly to their schools about the options open to them.

They can also visit the website for careers advice


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