GCSE Results Day: Outstanding results for Forest Gate Community School

PUBLISHED: 13:55 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:55 23 August 2018

Duval Gatson scored good grades despite being in and out of hospital in the last year. Pic: Isabel Infantes

Duval Gatson scored good grades despite being in and out of hospital in the last year. Pic: Isabel Infantes


Last year’s best GCSE performing school in the borough, and the sixth best in the country, have posted outstanding results again.

More than half of students at Forest Gate Community School achieved GCSE grades 7-9, the equivalent of A* and As under the old grade system.

In addition 76per cent of students scored grades 9-4 in maths and English, the equivalent of a pass mark under the old system.

One student managed to achieve top grades despite being in and out of hospital throughout his final year battling a kidney disease.

Duval Gatson, 16, from Ilford, suffers from Nephrotic syndrome which leaves him with crippling tiredness, yet achieved 8, 7 and 6s.

He said: “Studying for your GCSEs is tough enough but when you have to do it when you are so tired it becomes really hard.

“You know you are falling behind but you are also so tired you find it hard to be motivated. That is why I am lucky attend this school.

“Every single day, before and after school there was revision sessions held. It gives you confidence to know that whatever time the teachers here will be there to support you. That is why it such a highly rated school.”

Alison Bocosa Roca also scored 9s, 8s and 7s despite suffering from a heart condition that saw her miss three exams.

She said: “I am pleased to have done so well given the circumstances. It was a stressful period but the school were amazing at helping me come through it.

“I am now looking forward to doing A-Levels and continuing my studies. I will be sad to see Forest Gate Community go though because it is such a good school.”

Associate headteacher Charlotte Whelan paid tribute to the students.

She said: “It’s another excellent year for the students at FGCS. Yet again students who have come to our school leave with on average one whole grade better than other schools. Thanks to the hard work and drive of students and staff we are consistently able to ensure students exceed their potential year after year and leave us with some of the top results in the country.

“It is life-changing for the students and their families and a boon for the local community.

“I am very proud of what this school continues to achieve.”

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