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Sacred Heart enjoys exceptional GCSE results

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Image captionImage 1: From left to right, Isabelle Ferreira Xavier, 16, and Norma Maher, 16 show off their GCSE results

A 16-year-old who survived the Grenfell Tower fire was among the many at a girls’ school in Hammersmith to receive excellent GCSE results.

56 per cent of GCSE grades at Sacred Heart High School on Hammersmith Road were A*, A or equivalent - an impressive feat.

Grenfell survivor Ines Alves, 16, got a 9 in maths, the top grade in the new core subjects format, and an A* in Spanish.

Remarkably, she also got an A in a chemistry exam she sat just hours after fleeing her 13th floor home.

In total, 93% of Sacred Heart pupils passed in five or more subjects, including Isabelle Ferreira Xavier, 16, who picked up a 9 in Maths, an 8 in English language and in English literature, and A*s in biology, chemistry, history, physics, French, Portuguese, computing and religious education.

“I got a bit worried after coming out of my mock exams but was very happy when I opened my results”, she said - now set to do biology, chemistry, French and maths A-levels in September.

Her friend Norma Maher, also 16, said she had thought she might fail English literature but ended up with a 9, the highest grade possible.

Maher has an A* in three modern languages – French, Spanish and Italian – plus an 8 in maths and As in religious education, history and additional science

She is to study French, Spanish, economics and psychology at Sacred Heart next year.

Karolina Krupa, 16, got a 9 in maths, an 8 in English language and in English literature, and 7 A*s: in biology, chemistry, history, physics, geography, French and religious education.

“I’m really, really happy! The teachers here have been really helpful and supportive,” she said, announcing her intention to take French, geography, economics and religious education next year.

Alana Gill, 16, described herself as 'happy and relieved' after getting two A*s and 10 As.

She is going to study chemistry, biology, maths and PE at A-level, and wants to be a sports physiotherapist. 

Meanwhile Isabel Leggatt, 16, said: “I was so scared, just shaking; I didn’t want to have my hopes too high and then let myself down.”

But her results were magnificent: the 16-year-old 'really happy' after getting a 9 in maths and A*s in biology, chemistry, music, religious education and physics.

Lauren Cawley, 16, also surpassed her expectations. She got grade 9s in English literature, English language, and maths; and is going to study the latter next year along with physics, chemistry and Spanish.

Also 'very pleased' was fellow 16-year-old Lauren Flannery: one of the many girls to pass all her exams and head straight to Reading Festival.

“I am extremely proud of our outstanding GCSE results received today”, said headteacher Marian Doyle.

“Such high levels of success are down to the hard work and commitment of pupils to achieve the highest level; the relentless drive and energy of staff, who enthuse and engage pupils on a daily basis engendering a love for learning; and the unrelenting support of parents and carers for all that the school puts in place to support their daughters.”