GCSE Results Day 2018: MP for East Ham, Stephen Timms, joins Little Ilford School students in celebrating results
PUBLISHED: 12:38 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:38 23 August 2018
Former governor and MP for East Ham, Stephen Timms, joined Little Ilford School students in celebrating their GCSE results today.
The school in Manor Park enjoyed a number of good results, despite a system change which was designed to make the qualifications harder.
The MP said the grades were a reflection of the dedication and commitment of Newham’s teachers.
“I used to be a governor here, so I can compare with how things were 30 years ago,” he said.
“There’s been such a dramatic improvement in schools during that time, and that’s because Newham has benefited from a committed group of teachers.
“They admitted something needed to be done and they set about making it happen.
“We can be optimistic, because I think we’re seeing our schools and colleges really delivering for people in this area.”
Under the new system, pupils receive grades 1 to 9, instead of A* to U. They take exams, which have been made harder, at the end of two years, and there’s less coursework. A 9 is the equivalent of above an A*, while a 4 is generally considered to be a C, or pass.
Muhammad Yunus, a 16-year-old from Manor Park, achieved all 7s and 8s, despite thinking his exams were a disaster.
“Initially, after every single exam I felt like I’d failed them badly,” he said.
“It was a stressful time for me because I was fasting and wasn’t getting much sleep, but this shows that even if you feel like you’ve done badly, you might not have.
“I was trying to be nonchalant when I opened them, but it still hasn’t quite sunk in.”
Vijay Damodharan, from East Ham, had a clean sweep of 9s, except for one 7, which he’ll get remarked.
“I’m so pleased,” he said.
“I started revising from the Easter holidays, so I’ve worked really hard.”
Vijay, who hopes to become a theoretical physicist, is planning on studying A-levels in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry at Brampton Manor Sixth Form.
Tania Ahmed is also hoping to study at Brampton, after achieving all 7s and 8s in her GCSEs.
“I’m happy with what I got,” she said.
“I was especially shocked with French and science, because I left those exams feeling awful.
“I want to eventually do medicine, so it feels so much closer now.”