This week’s GCSE results showed an increase in the number of Hammersmith & Fulham students achieving the most widely accepted gold standard, as well as some outstanding personal success stories.
The proportion of students borough-wide achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English and maths, was up: with provisional figures showing this as 68 per cent, an increase of four per cent.
“To see such great results in such a challenging year, is beyond heartening,” said Cllr Sue Macmillan, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education.
“Many of our students have been personally affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster; but also there has been a restructuring of the grading system that has provided a new challenge for students and staff alike.”
This year the new numbered grades - from a low Grade 1, to a high Grade 9 - were introduced for English and mathematics only.
Grade 4 is the standard pass, and Grade 5 a strong pass.
Grade 7 is an old-style A, Grade 8 and A*, and Grade 9 pushes the bar even higher with the equivalent of an A**.
Other subjects were marked on the old system for the last time this year, before switching to numbered grades next summer.
There were many individual stories across borough schools of students achieving remarkable results – and you can read about some of these school-by-school below.
“Great teaching continues to bring great results in the borough,” said Cllr Macmillan. “The challenge now is to show these young people a pathway to the next stage in their life: be that in education, employment or training.”