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Havering results: Record numbers of Drapers’ Academy pupils achieve GCSE grades to get into sixth form

PUBLISHED: 15:32 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:32 24 August 2017

Pupils celebrating receiving their GCSE results at Drapers' Academy in Harold Hill. Ibrahim Badar, Feranmi Babajide, Tyler Spiers and Katie O�Brien. Picture: Drapers'

Pupils celebrating receiving their GCSE results at Drapers' Academy in Harold Hill. Ibrahim Badar, Feranmi Babajide, Tyler Spiers and Katie O�Brien. Picture: Drapers'

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More pupils than ever before have achieved the GCSE grades required to study A-levels at Drapers’ Academy.

Students today celebrated getting their GCSE results, at the school in Settle Road, Harold Hill, and principal Darren Luckhurst congratulated them “for their hard work and determination”.

He said: “Today we celebrate the success of the pupils on an individual basis, this is their day.

“It has been a stressful time for teenagers up and down the country as they studied for the more onerous GCSEs including a change in the grading structure with the 9-1 grading system.”

And Mr Luckhurst revealed that more Year 11s than ever before achieved the grades to study A-levels.

“Drapers’ Academy is a true community school and the more pupils who can progress their education here the better,” he said.

This is the first year of the new numerical grading system for English and maths, with marks between 1 and 9 – with 9 being the highest.

The Recorder has worked out that 4 is approximately a C grade, 6 equals a B grade and 7 equals an A grade.

The school was particularly pleased with Nathan Yusuf who achieved the coveted 9 in English language, 8s in English literature and maths and As in biology, statistics and physical education.

Ibrahim Badar achieved a A*s in physics, graphic products and resistant materials, while Tolu Olasupo achieved 8 in maths, an A in statistics and 7s in English language and literature.

Mr Luckhurst added: “As ever I continue to be impressed by the improvements we are making as a school.

“We are maintaining an upwards trajectory and will not settle for less.

“Our English and maths teams have had the most challenging two years with the recent changes and yet still delivered for our pupils – 76 per cent of pupils entered for English and 66 per cent of pupils entered for maths achieved a grade 4 or above with many achieving the new high grades of 7, 8 or 9.

“I thank all of the teachers and staff at Drapers’ Academy as well as the support given by parents to their children.”

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