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GCSE Results Day 2018: Mayfield School students rise to the challenge of ‘tougher’ new GCSEs

PUBLISHED: 13:47 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55 23 August 2018

Students at Mayfield School celebrate success on GCSE results day 2018. Pic: JON KING

Students at Mayfield School celebrate success on GCSE results day 2018. Pic: JON KING

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Staff and students at Mayfield School have risen to the challenge of the new GCSEs.

Mayfield School headteacher Andy Rehling said: Mayfield School headteacher Andy Rehling said: "There are lots of happy children about the place." Pic: JON KING

That’s the message from Andy Rehling – headteacher at the Pedley Road school in Goodmayes – on the day youngsters picked up their results in the midst of a major shake up of the exams system.

Mr Rehling – speaking as students collected their grades – said: “We’re very pleased. Our results are up on last year. Lots of children have produced outstanding results with a lot of grade eights and nines.

“There are a lot of happy children around the place. I’m very proud of them.”

Ilyas Dar, 16, from Goodmayes, couldn't believe how well he'd done with nines, eights and an A*. Pic: JON KINGIlyas Dar, 16, from Goodmayes, couldn't believe how well he'd done with nines, eights and an A*. Pic: JON KING

For many subjects this year’s grading has moved from the traditional lettered scale – A* to U – to the numbers one to nine (the highest).

Student Ilyas Dar scooped five grade nines, four grade eights and an A*.

“I’m gobsmacked,” the 16-year-old from Goodmayes said, “I can’t believe it. I was confident about my results but I didn’t think I was going to do this well.”

Sawda Khan, 16, from Chadwell Heath, paid tribute to her teachers who she described as being absolutely amazing. Pic: JON KINGSawda Khan, 16, from Chadwell Heath, paid tribute to her teachers who she described as being absolutely amazing. Pic: JON KING

Fellow pupil Sawda Khan, from Chadwell Heath, was ecstatic about the grades she got in revamped subjects designed to be tougher with coursework scrapped and students’ grades based on exams.

“I didn’t expect this. The new GCSEs were definitely harder. A lot of students had to put in so much effort because of the sudden changes.

“This year group did phenomenally well in trying their best,” the 16-year-old added.

Assistant headteacher Sam Cooper said the new GCSEs had been a big challenge but the school was extremely proud of staff and students for rising to it. Pic: JON KINGAssistant headteacher Sam Cooper said the new GCSEs had been a big challenge but the school was extremely proud of staff and students for rising to it. Pic: JON KING

Manooch Nazem, also from Chadwell Heath, who got nines in maths, chemistry, physics and computer science, said he was amazed by his grades.

“I would like to thank my teachers. They gave me a lot of support. They inspired me to work harder and get those grades,” the 16-year-old said.

The increased challenge has come under fire from critics who fear less able students could be left behind.

Mr Rehling said: “It makes it even harder for them and for teachers to enable them to reach the kind of levels they previously could.”

He called for a shift in providing more vocational options.

However, Mayfield’s class of 2018 should feel proud, assistant headteacher Sam Cooper said.

“They got some really great grades,” he said.GCSE

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