St Angela’s head praise parents for top GCSE results

PUBLISHED: 17:08 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 17:08 25 August 2016

L-R: high-achievers Ralista Angelova, Jasmine Gilbert, Devia Sharma, Grace baby and Kira Elliot jumping for joy

L-R: high-achievers Ralista Angelova, Jasmine Gilbert, Devia Sharma, Grace baby and Kira Elliot jumping for joy


A Catholic girls’ school in Forest Gate is celebrating even better GCSE results that last year.

Mark Johnson has worked at St Angela’s for twenty years and been its headmaster for seven.

He said “Seventy-eight percent of our students passed their English and maths, compared to last year’s 76 percent. I wanted to credit the teachers as well as the pupils this year because we are a teaching school. Next year we are training 80 teachers and securing the future of the school.”

“We are celebrating a whole year’s hard work and I want to praise the teachers as well as the hard-working students - and of course the supportive parents.”

Grace Baby, 16, from Aragon Road in East Ham, got an impressive eight A*s in biology, chemistry, physics, English language, English literature. geography, maths and religious studies, and A grades on German, music and performing arts.

She said: “I feel ecstatic. I really wasn’t expecting to do so well. My parents were shocked as well but they are really happy. I have a few options in mind for sixth form - Kegs or Woodford County, I’m interested in medicine, so the grades have helped me.”

Devia Sharma, from Burgess Road, achieved six A*s and six As in her exams but said she was too drained to get excited: “All my energy went into being nervous! My mum was trembling and cried when she found out what I got.”

The high-achieving teen hopes to become a primary school teacher after staying on St Angela’s sixth form for A-levels in economics, biology, maths and geography.

Ralista Angelova from Rastell Gardens, who is also staying on at St Angela’s, was awarded five A*s and six As and said she couldn’t sleep last night and felt “relieved” an

“I tried to do my best but I never really expected to do this well. I texted my parents and my mum sent me a thumbs-up emoji and my dad hasn’t texted back yet!”

The 16-year-old said she has her mind set on studying law at university.

Mr Johnson added: “One thing about this school is that from day one when [the pupils] arrive in year seven, we want them to go on to university. It’s a really successful school in terms of getting people to degrees.

I think education is a really high priority for the children’s parents. The emphasis is on making sure children achieve irregardless of the area area they’re from and how affluent they are.”

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