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GCSE Results Day 2018: More than half of Jo Richardson pupils achieve A* to C grades or equivalent

PUBLISHED: 10:16 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:16 24 August 2018

Jo Richardson Community School pupils with their GCSE results. Picture: Paul Bennett

Jo Richardson Community School pupils with their GCSE results. Picture: Paul Bennett

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More than half of Year 11 pupils at Jo Richardson Community School achieved A* to C grades or equivalent in their GCSE results.

Jo Richardson Community School pupils collect their GCSE results. Picture: Paul BennettJo Richardson Community School pupils collect their GCSE results. Picture: Paul Bennett

Nearly 60 per cent of students achieved at least grade 4 in both subjects in the new-look exams, which this summer use a numerical mark scale for most subjects.

The new system ranges from top grade 9 to bottom mark 1. Traditional A* to C grades are equivalent to numerical marks 9 to 4.

“This has been a very challenging year for both staff and Year 11 students at JRCS with all the changes to the GCSE courses, assessment routes and content,” said headteacher Ges Smith.

“I am really proud of the way our students approached the challenges they faced and am delighted to celebrate their success in their summer exams.”

Jo Richardson Community School pupils Brandon Bridges and Alfie Brown. Picture: Paul BennettJo Richardson Community School pupils Brandon Bridges and Alfie Brown. Picture: Paul Bennett

The Gale Street, Dagenham school’s top performer was Anmona Siddaqua, who opened her results to find the equivalent of eight 9s, two 8s and two 7s.

Meanwhile 16-year-old Alfie Brown, from Becontree, said he was really surprised but happy with grades ranging from 5 to an 8 in history.

“To some extent it was hard going,” he said. “There were some surprises. One question in biology was something to do with gastric bands. I don’t think I’d even thought about that.”

Fellow pupil Nancy Edgeler-Ash said she wasn’t expecting to do so well under the new system of tougher GCSEs and exams coming at the end of the two years without coursework.

Nancy Edgeler-Ash and Katie Bryan. Picture: Paul BennettNancy Edgeler-Ash and Katie Bryan. Picture: Paul Bennett

“It was really overwhelming and definitely tough. The school worked us really hard. They were really determined to push us as far as they could. It really paid off.”

Nancy, 16, from Goresbrook, scooped eight GCSEs with grades ranging from 5 to 8. Her mum cried when she found out about her daughter’s success.

She is hoping to study musical theatre at BRIT School for performing arts and technology in Croydon.

Bonita Murivki – who took her GCSEs early – burst into tears when she saw her grades with 9s in citizenship and religious studies.

A tearful Bonita Murivki (centre) celebrates her GCSE results. Picture: Paul BennettA tearful Bonita Murivki (centre) celebrates her GCSE results. Picture: Paul Bennett

“My parents were so happy and proud of me,” the 15-year-old from Dagenham said.

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