Forest Gate students celebrate 'life-changing' results
PUBLISHED: 12:12 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:19 26 August 2016
Forest Gate Community School is celebrating after students scored top marks in their GCSEs, with 74 per cent of grades at A* to C.
Among the top achievers was Rizwana Badshah, 16, who scored straight As in her exams, including 7 A*s.
She said: “It was hard. You have to completely sacrifice your social life for at least a few months to constantly revise.
“But it is all worth it when the results come and you have done really well.
“I think I did so well because the school really pushed me. They knew I was capable of this so they made sure I came in early and left late. I’m so grateful to them for that.”
Daniel Eliston, 16, from Upton Park, also received straight As.
He will now study chemistry, maths, physics and computer science at Havering College.
He said: “I wouldn’t have got these results at another school, that’s a fact. There is something special about the way the teachers can motivate you and get the best out of you.
“I’m just over the moon about the results. This can make all the difference to my future career. Without these results I couldn’t have done the A-levels I wanted.”
The Forest Lane, Forest Gate school also scored a 1.0 on the new Progress 8 measures - the equivalent of one extra grade per student above expected progress.
Progress 8, introduced this year, measures progress from the start of secondary school to the end of GCSEs and is the new government benchmark for school attainment. The national average for schools is 0.
Headteacher Simon Elliott said the results could put the school in the top one per cent for progress in the country.
He said: “Our results last year were incredible. This year is something else altogether. Not only have we maintained our very high standards, we have yet again improved on them.
“Our Progress 8 measures are particularly pleasing because we can now honestly tell parents that our students achieve on average a grade higher than they would do at other schools.
“That will put us comfortably in the best schools in the country for progress made and may well put us right on their with the top one per cent.
“These are truly life-changing results for the young people who attend this school. It also cements our places as an Ofsted rated Outstanding school.
He added: “None of this could have been achieved without the dedication of our wonderful teachers and support staff, the support of our parents and the wider community and of course our hard working students.”