Editor’s comment: Well done, it’s not all about the top grades.

PUBLISHED: 08:00 25 August 2018

Students celebrating their GCSE results at the Harris Academy in Rainham. Ellie O'Neal, Morgan Byrne and Summer Moyo-Hamilton.

Students celebrating their GCSE results at the Harris Academy in Rainham. Ellie O'Neal, Morgan Byrne and Summer Moyo-Hamilton.


Congratulations to all those who got their GCSE results on Thursday.

There were plenty of grade 9s around the borough and a number of schools recorded better results than in previous years, which is a testament to the hard work by the students and teachers, and support from families.

Of course, it’s not just about those who got 8s and 9s. Achievement is all relative – there are plenty of youngsters who can be proud with a 3 or a 4 and who worked just as hard.

So if you did your best, then well done, regardless of your grade. We’ve all been there and we know how stressful it can be.

There’s another celebration this weekend – Havering Show, the borough’s biggest free event, is 40!

Although a lot of focus is on the main music stage, with Boogie Night disco band Heatwave and S Club Party – featuring Romford’s own Jo O’Meara – headlining, the great thing about Havering Show is that local bands and performers get their chance to star on stage in front of a crowd thanks to Fairkytes Live.

The RCWA Wrestling shows throughout both days, the funfair and the classic car show are always popular.

At the time of writing the weather forecast isn’t all we might have hoped for – showers on Sunday. But there are sunny intervals forecast for Monday.

The Recorder will have reporters there both days and we’ll be streaming some of the concerts on Facebook Live.

We’ll also be selling goodie bags from our tent so please drop by.

And finally, you’ll see that in this week’s edition you get a free copy of our luxury lifestyle magazine, the Havering & Brentwood Resident.

It is packed with features celebrating local people, inspiring decor ideas for your home and the best upcoming events in this area.

In future, the magazine will be included in the Recorder every two months. We’ll remind you the week before so you can look out for it.


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