Havering teenagers jump for joy at exam success

PUBLISHED: 14:50 26 August 2016 | UPDATED: 14:50 26 August 2016

Havering school students receiving their GCSE results. Sanders School students jumping for joy

Havering school students receiving their GCSE results. Sanders School students jumping for joy


With minds racing and nerves building, students across the borough returned to their schools yesterday (Thursday) in trepidation.

In crowded school halls, teenagers tried to grab a corner to privately open envelopes containing their results.

Friends Yemi Mogaji and Daniel Okyere, both 16 and from Harold Hill, arrived at Sanders School, Suttons Lane, Hornchurch with straight faces, but left beaming.

Daniel achieved straight As in all his exams and Yemi gained six As, two Bs and one C. Both were hugged by maths teacher Mohammed Shamsi.

The scores helped tally up the school’s “record” five-year high of pupils achieving five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.

Pupils at The Albany School, Broadstone Road, Hornchurch also revelled in success.

Figures showed 55 per cent of the grades achieved were A* to C which assistant headteacher Gary Wimbush called “brilliant”.

“This is a 3pc increase from last year,” he said.

Star pupil Zac Green, 16, of Harold Hill, shocked the head of the English department by gaining 100pc in English along with three As, three Bs and one C.

The junior leadership team at Bower Park Academy, Havering Road, Romford achieved 46 A* and A grades between them.

At Coopers’ Coborn, St Mary’s Lane, Upminster, pupils also celebrated excellent grades.

Year 11 head Leigh Marshall said: “We are absolutely delighted for all the students, who have worked so hard.”

Drapers Academy, Settle Road, Romford, announced GCSE results had improved for the second year by 5pc to 57pc A*-C grades, including English and maths.

Principal Darren Luckhurst said he was “impressed”.

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