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Second straight year of GCSE success for West London Free School

Students and staff at West London Free School (WLFS) in Hammersmith were jubilant as the latest set of GCSE results came out.

More than a third of grades across the year group were A*, A or equivalent in what was only the second time students sat GCSEs since the school opened.

India Firth said it felt 'pretty amazing' to be one of just 2,000 pupils in the country to get a 9 in English language, English literature and maths: all three subjects in which numerical grading has been introduced.

India, who also got full marks in two of her Latin exams, is staying at WLFS for sixth form, where she will study maths, physics, chemistry and religious education.

Her friend Camille Adjanor was also one of the few nationally to achieve the top grade in all three core subjects.

Camille's other results included an A* in biology, chemistry, physics, Latin, geography and religious education.

The 16-year-old was 'overwhelmed' after doing exceptionally well, paying tribute to 'really good teachers, who gave me extra help when I needed it'.

She is going to study biology, chemistry, Latin and maths in the autumn.

The pair were not the only ones overjoyed to see hard work pay off. The hall was filled with happy 16-year-olds delighted with what they found inside their white envelopes.

Ed Teesdale was 'thrilled' to be one of the many to excel in English and music, getting A* or equivalent in both along with five As, two Bs and a C.

“The teachers pushed us to the last minute, even just before the exam – they were really helpful,” explained the 16-year-old, who is looking forward to celebrating at Reading Festival.

“I am very proud of our pupils,” said headteacher Hywel Jones.

“This year group has worked very hard and successfully met the challenge of the more rigorous GCSEs in mathematics and English.

“The results are a testament to those efforts, our exceptional teaching staff and the support from parents and carers.”

Mr Jones, who has been at WLFS since 2014, said it has the highest number of pupils taking GCSE music of any state school in England. 100 per cent of them got A* to C, and 57 per cent got A* to A.

Other notable areas of success included religious education. 100Per cent of those who took a GCSE in the subject achieved A* to C - a 5 per cent increase on last year.

85 per cent and 88 per cent of students got grades 4 to 9 in English language and English literature respectively, while the figure was 81 per cent for maths.

Four in five of the school’s outgoing year 11s got a 4 or above in both English and maths.