At Fulham College Boys’ School the nerves turned to exhilaration as GCSE results envelopes were opened to give glimpses of bright futures.
Executive Principal Peter Haylock was delighted with the achievements.
He said: “We’re really pleased because the results have gone up hugely, by 13 per cent.
“I’m especially pleased with the results in languages and English, which are really good.”
Among the star students from the Kingswood Road school is Alex Camacho, from Fulham.
The 16-year-old bagged a 9 in English language, the only student in the school to do so, as well as an 8 in English literature, A* in Spanish, As in Portuguese, history and geography, Bs in science, additional science and religious studies and a 4 in maths.
“I’m kinda speechless,” he said. “I was worried as I am going to a good sixth form so I needed really good results and I was a bit panicked last night. But I’m really proud and I can’t wait to tell my parents.”
Alex is heading to Ashcroft Sixth Form in Putney and hopes to pursue a career in journalism or politics.
Younes Chaffa, 16, from Fulham, is unsure what career path he’ll end up following, but can be confident it will be a good one, as he leaves the school for Holland Park Sixth Form with 7s in English language and literature, an 8 in maths, as well as three A*s and three As.
“I was not expecting to get results this good,” he said, “I was so nervous the whole holidays just thinking about it. Now I feel so happy.”
‘Exhilarated’ is how star performer Wajeed [check] Rahim described the feeling after opening the white results envelope.
The 16-year-old got a 9 in English literature, 8 in English language, 7 in maths and complemented those with an A*, two As and two Bs.
He’s heading to Ashcroft Sixth form to pursue psychology, business, history and politics.
“I’m just in shock, it’s crazy,” he said, “It feels like a massive weight has gone from my shoulders.”
Overall, 59 per cent of students achieved the threshold of A* to C in English and Maths – a 13 per cent rise on last year’s results. Further highlights in individual subjects included 100 per cent A* - C in modern foreign languages, and 82 per cent in English.
Bogomil Gerov came joined the college in Year 11 from Sofia, Bulgaria and is delighted after getting grade 8 in English language and English literature and a 7 in maths. He bolstered those with a flurry of As, Bs and a C.
“I never expected to get these results. I owe a lot to my teachers,” he said.