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Redbridge results: Beal GCSE grades better than last year

PUBLISHED: 13:03 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:21 24 August 2017

Beal High School, Woodford Bridge Road, Ilford, IG4 5LP. GCSE Results Day.
Top students left to right: Megha Deepika Sharma 16, Rohan Jhuree 16, Jessye Durrant 16, Yusuf Chaudhry 16 and Shenel Mushtaq 16.

Beal High School, Woodford Bridge Road, Ilford, IG4 5LP. GCSE Results Day. Top students left to right: Megha Deepika Sharma 16, Rohan Jhuree 16, Jessye Durrant 16, Yusuf Chaudhry 16 and Shenel Mushtaq 16.

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Screams of joy could be heard as pupils picked up their GCSE envelopes at Beal High School.

Despite the uncertainty of the new grading system, staff at the school in Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge, were “over the moon with the results”.

“Considering all the changes, whilst it is very difficult to compare year on year, the GCSE results at Beal High School have improved upon last year’s results with 10 per cent more students achieving five or more good grades,” said vice principal Yvonne Andress.

“Students and staff have worked hard in an unsettling environment in order to achieve these excellent results.”

Shenel Mushtaq, 16, achieved seven A*s and an 8 in English and 9 in maths.

She said she had tried not to think about results day all summer.

“I worked crazy hard, and I am going to go to Beal Sixth Form to study economics, English, Maths and government and politics.” she told the Recorder.

“I don’t think people appreciate the pressure on all the pupils under the new system, especially on their mental health - we felt like Guinea pigs.”

Jessye Durrant, 16, achieved an A*, two As, four Bs with a 7 in maths and a 6 in English and hopes to one day study music at university.

“I am going to Frankie and Benny’s to celebrate,” she said.

“The new system is very intense and there was so much more to lean.”

Megha Deepika Sharma, 16, found out she had been awarded six A*, three As with a 9 in maths and two 8s in English.

She was looking forward to a “cheeky Nando’s” later with her family and said she would like to study medicine in the future.

“I was so scared about picking up my results, I felt sick, but my parents said everything will be ok,” she said.

“When I opened them I was over the moon.”

The number of students achieving A* or A in maths and English was 48.4pc, well above the national average of 16pc and 12pc of students achieved a 9 in maths and 6pc achieved a 9 in English.

Around 30 pupils achieved an A* or A in eight or more subjects.

“We are very pleased with our Year 11 results this year, especially given the new more rigorous GCSE English and maths specifications,” added Ms Andress.

“The overall attainment 8 score has improved on last year from 53.4 in 2016 to 55.8 this year and English and maths have performed exceptionally well at every level.

“This means that 82.8pc of our student have achieved a good pass in English and Maths – a 10pc increase on last year.”

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