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GCSE Results Day 2018: Barking student is one of 732 pupils nationwide to gain all 9s at GCSE

PUBLISHED: 13:11 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:11 24 August 2018

Jonida Kolgjini from Eastbury Community School achieved 9s in all nine of her GCSEs, and will be going on to study biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics at the school’s sixth form. Picture: LBBD

Jonida Kolgjini from Eastbury Community School achieved 9s in all nine of her GCSEs, and will be going on to study biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics at the school's sixth form. Picture: LBBD

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A Barking student achieved one of the best sets of GCSE results in the country.

Jonida Kolgjini from Eastbury Community School scored 9s across the board – one of only 732 pupils to achieve this nationwide.

She said: “It’s unbelievable. I’m really proud of myself and I guess all the hard work I put in really does pay off in the end.”

Around 21 per cent of Barking and Dagenham’s pupils achieved the top 7 to 9 grades in English, equivalent to As and A*s.

This came in spite of a changed GCSE system, which saw less coursework and harder exams in a bid to make the qualification more difficult.

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, cabinet member for education, said: “I’m delighted to hear the many success stories from young people today despite the new, tougher exams coming into force.

“I’d like to congratulate schools, their staff, parents and young people for all their hard work during this difficult period and I wish them the best for their future.”

Overall, two thirds of Barking and Dagenham’s students passed their English and maths GCSEs.

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