Nervous teenagers across Wandsworth found out their GCSE results today.
The scary and anxious waiting game is now finally over for thousands of students across the borough.
We will keep updating this story throughout the day with up-to-the-minute results from schools, reactions, photographs and more.
So far Saint Cecilia's, in Southfields, Graveney School, in Tooting, and ARK Putney Academy have got their best ever GCSE results.
GCSEs are an important rite of passage for 16-year-olds up and down the country, marking the next stage in their lives whether it is further education, training or employment.
While is a day of celebration for many, inevitably there will be some who did not get the results they were hoping for.
If you do not receive the grades that you expected, there are many organisations specialised in helping you get onto your desired course.
The UCAS exam results helpline (0808 100 8000) is open from 8am, this morning, offering support and advice to students.
The results for Chestnut Grove Academy, in Balham, are in!
Grade Pass rate (%)
Cumulative Grades Pass rate (%)
New headteacher, Christian Kingsley, has taken over from Margaret Peacock who retired this summer.
He said: "Once again, staff and students have worked hard to produce some examination results which we can all be proud of.
"This year has been particularly challenging due to a wave of educational reforms which have been well documented in the media, including changes to examination entry rules, the removal of speaking and listening from the English exam and considerable changes to examination specifications across many subject areas.
"Our students have worked alongside the teaching staff to ensure that they are well placed to meet these challenges and this has been reflected in some very encouraging examination results."
Students at a private girl’s school, Putney High School, are celebrating lots of A*s.
86% of pupils received A* or A grades
Almost 60 % achieved 10 A* or A grades
Six girls earnt at least 11 A* or As
10 students achieved all A*s
All 18 girls who took Mandarin GCSE got A*s
Charlotte Rankin, Chiara Benn and Olivia Dawson will celebrate their results at Reading Festival
Headteacher, Dr Denise Lodge, said: “I’m thrilled for our students who have achieved these results whilst also taking advantage of opportunities across art, design, drama, music and sport.
“Our curriculum enables breadth in all areas. The girls are now eager to start their A-Level studies in our wonderful sixth form centre.”
The headteacher of Saint John Bosco College, in Southfields, says pupils have achieved another solid set of results.
The school has seen an increase in students hitting the top A* and A grades.
Simon Uttley, students Jessy and Luis, and head of year Katie O’Rourke
Headteacher, Simon Uttley, said: "I am very proud of our students, most of whom will be starting their A-Level studies here with us this September before moving to our brand new school in Battersea next year."
Let's forget about numbers for a bit and have a look at some individuals celebrating today.
Sophie Simnett, a Putney High School student, completed her GCSEs while also pursuing her acting career.
She already appears in a video blog for the Cathy Cassidy novels, The Chocolate Box Girls, and has been cast as the female lead in a feature film. She has also produced and co-directed a play at Hammersmith’s Lyric Theatre with a friend.
The aspiring actress received five A* and five A grades. She will now join the school's sixth form where she will study drama.
A Church of England school, Saint Cecilia’s, in Southfields, is celebrating its BEST ever GCSE results!
Here's the full table of results:
Headteacher, Niall Gallagher, said: “We are delighted with this year’s GCSE results which are our best yet.
"Over 83% of pupils achieved 5 A*-C grades, with 70% achieving at least 5 including English and mathematics.
"Over 27% of all grades awarded were A*-A and a staggering 86% of pupils achieved an A*-C grade in mathematics.
"The hard work, dedication and perseverance of our superb pupils and highly dedicated staff has paid off yet again.”
An independent Muslim day school in Tooting, Al Risalah, has also seen improvements this year.
Headteacher, Nasir Qurashi, said: "We are delighted that, once again, Al-Risalah Secondary School is celebrating some fantastic results across the curriculum.
"We have seen an improvement from 78% to 82% of students gaining a minimum of 5 GCSE's (A*-C) including English and Maths.
"I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our governors, staff, parents and most of all, our students. We wish them all the best for the future."
Nadia Hassani (5 A*s, 3 As and 1 B) and Ifrah Tahir (7 As)
Are you ready to celebrate some more? Well, Graveney School, in Tooting, has also achieved its best EVER results.
The school achieved a 100% pass rate for the third consecutive year and the number of A* grades has increased by 4% this year.
85% of pupils achieved at least 5 A*-C grades
50% of all GCSE grades achieved were A* or A
Head teacher, Keith Barbrook, said: “To achieve our best ever GCSE results is very pleasing but to do it at a time when there have been so many changes to the examination system is outstanding.
"This success is due to the hard work and determination of our pupils, the dedication and expertise of their teachers and the excellent support of their parents.”
Now we aren’t joking, but another Wandsworth secondary school, ARK Putney Academy, has also got its best ever GCSE results.
62% of students achieved at least 5 A*-Cs
89% students of gained a C or above in maths
76% achieved a C or above in English
The former Elliot School has had a remarkable turnaround over the last few years.
Alison Downey, headteacher at ARK Putney, said: “This has been a remarkable week for ARK Putney Academy. The students and staff here have proven that, with hard work and high expectations, great improvements can be achieved in a relatively short period of time. As proud as we are of these results, we think this is only the beginning- our ambition is even higher for next year.”
Daniel Ashitey (4 A*s, 3 As, 4 Bs and a distinction in BTEC businesss studies)
“It was an uphill battle moving up a year earlier onto my GCSE’s, but I’m really proud of my results – all the work paid off.”
Francini Nuernberg (3 A*s, 5 As, and 4 Bs)
“I’m really happy, because I got an A in Maths and I thought I was only going to get a C.”
Bethany Lennox (4 As and 7 Bs)
“I’m really happy, I passed all of my subjects.”
ARK Putney Academy is undergoing a £30 million project to refurbish its school buildings.
The results for the private Thames Christian College, in Battersea, have now arrived!
91% achieved 5 A*-C grades
Headteacher, Dr Stephen Holsgrove, said: The focused teaching, individual attention and personal encouragement provided at Thames make a real difference in enabling our pupils to reach their full potential."
Rory Mitchell, Kieran Galligan, Star Kennedy, Christine Oluokun, B’reyah Simon, Ralph Richards, Farhan Ahmad, Murtaza Moosvi
Ralph Richards (4 A*s and 6 As) - “I am really pleased with my results which will enable me to study Maths, Further Maths, Computing and Economics for A levels.”
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