GCSE results: Cumberland School ‘sustains improvement’
PUBLISHED: 14:23 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:30 24 August 2017
The Cumberland School has equalised its GCSE results from 2016 despite what its headteacher called a “challenging new system”.
Headteacher Gillian Dineen said she was very proud of her pupils after they achieved a 63 per cent average of 4+ [equivalent to C] in English language and literature, and a 58pc average of 4+ in maths.
The top 10 pupils at the Oban Close, Plaistow School attained nine to 11 A* or A grades and 9s in English and maths.
She said: “We are really pleased that we have sustained the improvement that we made last year under a challenging new system.”
Ms Dineen went on to say that the uncertainty around the new marking system for maths and English has been the most difficult aspect for teachers and pupils this year.
“We have had no information about grade boundaries from across the board,” she said.
“The pupils and the teachers have been working without really knowing what these boundaries are.
Among the students, best friends Denisa Catana and Simona Galukule had lots to celebrate.
East Ham resident Denisa, who moved to the UK from Romania five years ago, said she was shocked to get two As, three Bs and four Cs.
She said: “The 7 in English literature was a surprise because I am not from England so that was a big step for me.
“It was really challenging to be honest but with time I got to adapt and get used to it.
She added: “I prefer it [the UK system] much more as it is really challenging and shows your potential.”
Simona scored one A*, two As (including a 7 in English literature), five Bs and two Cs.
The East Ham teen is off to college to study religious studies, English literature, biology and one other subject.
Meanwhile Jasmine Mannan from Canning Town achieved a 7 in English language, 8 in English literature and 7 in maths with one A* and the rest As and Bs despite her mum being ill.
“I am really ecstatic right now,” she said.
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