Redbridge GCSE pupils felt the pressure of the new grading system

Eighty-one per cent of students achieved GCSEs with grades 9-5 in English and Maths, whilst 76% achieved the English Baccalaureate at Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School and Sixth Form College.

When combining English and maths subjects, 79 per cent of students achieved at least a "standard pass" - 4 or better under the new number grades system for both English and maths - which is an increase on the 2016 results (76 per cent).

The 16-year-old, who will do A-levels at Oldham Sixth Form College, hopes to become a barrister and said: "I have had so many sleepless nights, so it is a big relief to get the results".

Headteacher John Panayi said: "Within a changing and uncertain examination landscape where grade boundaries are untested, it is very good to note that Hedingham School has maintained high expectations for our students which is reflected in their excellent results".

"They have been helped throughout by extremely dedicated teachers and supported by their families".

Grade 4, which to you and I is a low C grade, is part of the new grading system for maths and English - and from next year most subjects - that switches letters for numbers.

Fifty-three per cent of all GCSE grades achieved this year were A* or A (Grades 9-7) and 26 per cent were A*s (Grades 9-8).

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Lucy Winstanley was delighted with 12 A*/A grades including grade 9 in maths. "We are pleased that the school's progress score remains high when judged against national averages showing achievement is for all our pupils".

The reforms also introduced tougher exams in English Literature and Maths, with the latter now including material previously only taught at A-level.

Next year all grades will be changed to the new numbered format.

The Department of Education and Children says it's a strong set of results for Island schools, set against a backdrop of curriculum reform nationally over the past two years.

"Considering that the exams are harder now we are so proud of the students and the way the teachers have worked with them to prepare for the exams".

Other high performers were Tea Clark (two 9, seven A*), Sam McLelland (two 9, one 8, 5A*), Kian Hocking (two 9, one 8, five A*) and Ben Holden (one 9, one 8, six A*).

  • Megan Austin