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GCSE success revealed

Students and teachers across the borough celebrated yesterday after provisional GCSE results showed Waltham Forest’s schools performed better than ever before.



Early borough-wide results revealed an increase in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades or equivalent – from 66 per cent to 69 per cent.



Provisional results received by the Council also showed the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades or equivalent including English and maths rose from 57 per cent to 59 per cent.



Borough-wide results could still change slightly, with three secondary schools yet to submit their provisional results, but already the two percentage point increase in pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades or equivalent including English and maths represents huge success for Waltham Forest – especially taking into account national results, which stayed broadly stable.



“Judging by the results we’ve received so far, our schools have done an absolutely fantastic job raising the bar once again,” said Cllr Mark Rusling, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.



“Well done to all of the students who have today reaped the rewards of their dedication during their time at school. And congratulations to the excellent teaching staff, whose passion for education has helped produce what’s looking like the most successful GCSE year we’ve had.



“And while we wish good luck to the thousands of young people going on to study A-levels, apprenticeships, enter the world of work or undertake other qualifications, for our secondary schools the hard work is about to begin again. We’re on a mission to further improve the education on offer in Waltham Forest, and want to build on the success we’ve experienced in recent years.”



Cllr Rusling spoke to some of the borough’s jubilant young people during a visit to Lammas School and Sports College in Leyton yesterday morning.



Delfina Witkowska was one of the school’s stand-out performers, having bagged 12 As and A*s – three of which she took a year early. The teenager starts college next month, where she will study Spanish, psychology, English language and maths.



She said: “It’s insane – I did not expect it. I’ve no idea what I want to do as a career but I’m trying to keep it open by studying different subjects.”



Mohammed Omer was another high-flyer. The 16-year-old came to the UK from Sudan when he was 14 and spoke no English. In just two years he learnt the language and studied for and achieved 13 GCSEs all grade C and above, including eight A or A* grades.



Mohammed, who plans to take his A-levels at Lammas, said: “I’m pleased – I did not expect to do well, my parents are happy.



“I’m going to study the three sciences and maths so I can become a doctor. I want to go to one of the top three universities – Oxford, Cambridge or Harvard.”



Students were smiling at many of the borough’s secondary schools yesterday. Heathcote School and Science College, in Chingford, recorded a huge leap in the percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades or equivalent including English and maths – from 47 per cent to 60 per cent.



Leyton’s George Mitchell School also saw a jump in this category – with the percentage rising from 48 per cent to 56 per cent. Elsewhere, Walthamstow School for Girls had a whopping 73 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades or equivalent including English and maths.



Yesterday’s impressive GCSE results follow a successful A-level results day last week, when more students than ever before gained A-level qualifications from Waltham Forest’s sixth forms and colleges.



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