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GCSE Results Day 2018: Forest Gate teenager retakes GCSEs to try out harder grading system

PUBLISHED: 11:48 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:48 24 August 2018

Malachi Castro from Forest Gate Community School will go on to study double maths, biology, chemistry and economics at City College after achieving 10 9s in his GCSEs. Picture: Forest Gate Community School

Malachi Castro from Forest Gate Community School will go on to study double maths, biology, chemistry and economics at City College after achieving 10 9s in his GCSEs. Picture: Forest Gate Community School

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A Forest Gate pupil retook his GCSEs to test himself under the new, tougher grading system.

Malachi Castro, from Forest Gate Community School, already passed all his GCSEs aged 14.

But the 16-year-old took the qualifications again this summer, achieving 9s in all 10 subjects.

He said: “I really wanted to push myself to see if I could make the grades under this new system. Everyone was saying how tough they are and I wanted that extra challenge.

“I really can’t believe I’ve done so well. Some of the exams I found hard and some went smoothly, it’s overwhelming.

“To know I am among just a few students across the country to have got the top grades in every subject is an amazing feeling.”

It’s thought that just 732 pupils nationwide achieved 9s across the board, which is the equivalent to above an A*.

Forest Gate’s head, Charlotte Whelan, said: “Our students have worked so hard and done so well. Malachi’s results are absolutely incredible and we couldn’t be prouder.”

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