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GCSE Results Day 2018: Record results at Robert Clack

PUBLISHED: 14:54 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:54 23 August 2018

Robert Clack pupils queue for their GCSE results. Picture: Alex Shaw

Robert Clack pupils queue for their GCSE results. Picture: Alex Shaw

Alex Shaw

Robert Clack pupils are today celebrating their school’s “best ever” GCSE results, according to the headteacher.

Khadija Dahir. Picture: Alex ShawKhadija Dahir. Picture: Alex Shaw

Russell Taylor, who leads the Gosfield Road, Dagenham school, said three-quarters (74 per cent) of Year 11s achieved grades 9 to 4 (equivalent to A* to C) in this summer’s exams, an increase from the previous year.

Overall, seven in 10 pupils achieved the national standard in English and maths.

“We are absolutely thrilled to that the hard work and commitment of our pupils, together with the professionalism and dedication of our teachers and support staff, has been so richly rewarded,” said Mr Taylor.

He said pupils had pushed through “the government’s agenda to implement exceptionally challenging new curricula in all subjects, the significant demands of high-stakes final examinations and the retreat from coursework assessment.”

Jack Addison. Picture: Alex ShawJack Addison. Picture: Alex Shaw

Eight pupils achieved straight 9 to 7 (or A* to A) grades, and 15pc achieved straight 9 to 6 (A* to B) marks.

More than 30 received a top 9 grade, placing them in the top 2pc of pupils nationally.

Top performers included Khadija Dahir, a 16-year-old left “very happy” with her seven 9s, two 8s and a 7.

“I’m quite surprised,” she told the Post.

“I didn’t expect it at all — I was mentally preparing for the worst.”

The teenager hopes to study a STEM subject at one of London’s leading universities.

“I still don’t know what I want to do as a course, so long as it’s maths-based,” she said.

“I like maths because it’s not complicated, and there’s always a fixed answer.”

Aspiring software engineer Jack Addison, 16, hoped his five 9s, two 8s, two 7s and a 6 would help him achieve his ambition of studying computer science.

Recalling his love for coding language Python, he said: “I’ve just always enjoyed it... I find coding relaxing and a stress release.”

Fellow 16-year-old Hannah Ignacio (three 9s, three 8s and a 9/8 in combined science) said she “can’t wait” to start an apprenticeship after school and become “a young entrepreneur”.

She hopes to run her own Korean fashion-inspired clothing business.

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