Students celebrate their results ahead of big changes for GCSEs
The nervous wait was finally over for GCSE pupils as they found out whether years of study had paid off.
There were celebrations at schools across Hammersmith & Fulham by both staff and students on Thursday.
"Congratulations to everyone collecting your GCSE results today,” said Cllr Sue Macmillan, Cabinet Member for Children and Education.
“Students and their teachers have really worked hard for these results and everyone should be proud of what they’ve achieved together.”
“I’m always impressed by our fantastic schools in Hammersmith & Fulham and how their teachers help pupils bring out the best in themselves.”
This will be the last year before the start of a major change in how GCSEs are graded in England and how school performance is measured.
Next year, a new system of marking GCSEs will be phased in, beginning with English and maths. It will see the exams graded by numbers - from 9 down to 1 - rather than the current letter-based system.
Burlington Danes student Faiso Kadiye was among those celebrating after she surpassed her own expectations with two A*s and nine As.
The 16-year-old, who is staying on at the school in Shepherds Bush to study A-levels, said: “I was a bit nervous but my mum was up even earlier than me!
“I’ve really enjoyed my time and I’m looking forward to studying history at A level.”
There were plenty of delighted pupils in the south of the borough, too
Fulham Cross Girl’s School student Fatima Nehme, 16, surprised herself in achieving one A*, four As and four Bs.
“It’s a really good surprise, and I definitely wasn’t expecting an A in Geography,” said the West Kensington resident.
“The teachers just did not give up on me. They push you to the level they know you can achieve.”
Pupils were also full of praise for their teachers at Hurlingham Academy in Fulham.
Diana David, 16, described herself as being “pretty OK” with 12 grades between A* and B (nine of them either A* or A), more than enough to take her to Paddington Academy to study biology, chemistry, maths and psychology at A level.
“My years here at Hurlingham have been the best experience ever,” she enthused. “It’s like my second home; it’s become part of me.
“I love the teachers, and I can totally come up to any of them if I need anything. I love this school.”
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Find out more below about the pupils' success at each school: