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GCSE results improve again in Waltham Forest

Secondary schools across Waltham Forest were filled with success stories yesterday (25 August) as provisional GCSE results improved once again.

In a year which, for the first time ever, saw every Waltham Forest secondary school rated as “good” by Ofsted, provisional GCSE results pointed towards another good news story for local families, as the percentage of students achieving at least five A*-C GCSEs, including English and maths, rose to 60.8 per cent – an increase of 3.4 percentage points compared to last year.

The proportion achieving an A*-C in English and maths rose by 4.7 per cent to 63.8 per cent.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “Waltham Forest’s provisional results are great news – not just for our students and schools, but for parents who can clearly see ongoing improvements at our secondary schools.

“We’re incredibly proud of the continued improvements at our schools over the past 12 years, and of the sheer number of young people determined to be the best they can be. The latest results really are just reward for the hard work they have put in, with precious support from their families, teachers and the wider school community.

“We’re absolutely committed to helping give young people the best start in life and I wish everyone who collected their results yesterday the best of luck with their next steps.”

Cllr Grace Williams, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “Huge congratulations to all of our students, teachers and school staff for their hard work and dedication. With provisional results having improved on last year, it’s once again looking like the most successful GCSE year we’ve had.

“Local families can rest assured we will do all we can to help the school improvements we’ve seen in recent years continue in the months and years ahead.”

Students at Leytonstone School, in Colworth Road, celebrated receiving the school’s best ever GCSE results, with 76 per cent of students achieving at least 5 A*-C grades, including English and maths. Forty three students achieved at least three A* or A grades while 98 per cent gained at least five GCSE grades.

Outstanding exam performances came from Rufus Shotter, who achieved 10 A*/A grades, and head girl Megan Hack and Rania Khan who both achieved nine A*/A grades.

Headteacher Grainne Smyth said: “We are incredibly proud of all of our students and their achievements. These fantastic results are down to the hard work of our students, the great support that the school receives from our parents and the commitment from Leytonstone staff to secure the very best results for our young people.”

At Lammas School and Sixth Form, previous successes that put the Seymour Road school in the top 100 schools in the country were matched or exceeded.  Overall, 60 per cent of all exams taken by its students led to top grades.

Lammas students Zain Mailik and Sigbah Khan both secured a 13 A or A* grades, while Milan Desai succeeded with 12 grades at C or above, including nine A or A* grades.

It was another GCSE record-breaking year at Walthamstow School for Girls, in Church Hill, where provisional results revealed 77 per cent of students attained success at A*-C grade in five or more subjects including English and maths.

Some 74.4 per cent achieved five or more A*-C grades in English Language and maths and 80 per cent of entrants obtained five or more A*-C grades.

Headteacher Meryl Davies said: “I am so proud of our students; yet again our hard-working and capable girls have achieved the examination success they deserve and which will stand them in good stead for their future education and careers. I also acknowledge the part played by the high calibre, dedicated teaching and support staff at the school, without whom these results would not have been possible, and also our supportive parents and carers. Last year the school won several national awards for achievement and I am delighted to see that our results have improved still further this year.”

At Heathcote School & Science College, in Normanton Park, Chingford, 45 per cent of grades were A* to B. A special congratulations went to the Year 10 and Year 9 artists, who did an additional evening art GCSE and together achieved a 100 per cent A* pass rate.

Standout performers included Ellie Boyle, who recorded five A* and four As, and Christina Gadalin, who got five A*, three As and one Distinction.

Willowfield students joined in the celebrations on results day, as 49 per cent of the Blackhorse Road school’s students achieved A*-C in both English and maths.

Headteacher Clive Rosewell said: “The governors and I would like to congratulate all of our students on their achievements and wish them well for the future. I would also like to record my appreciation for the dedication and commitment of our teaching staff and the great support we receive from parents and carers.”

Individual success stories included Nancy Douglas, who picked up 11 A*-A grades with seven A* grades, Ramisa Chowdhury, who gained 11 A*-A grades with six A* grades, and Latti Gutta, who got 11 A*-A grades with five A* grades.

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