Havering pupils make the grade

Published: Thursday, 24 August 2023

GCSE pupils in Havering were gearing up to decide on their future after receiving their exam results today (Thursday, 24 August 2023).

More than 3,000 Year 11 students received their grades and are now preparing to start sixth form and colleges across the borough next month. 

Councillor Oscar Ford, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

“This is a really significant time for young people as they begin the transition into young adulthood. 

“For some it will mean going onto do their A-levels, apprenticeships, training or the world of work.

"Whatever they do, we wish them every success for the future as they go on to make the choice that will help to shape their later lives.

“However, not everyone will have achieved the grades they wanted, so schools have support available to help the pupils that need it.”

Councillor Ford was speaking during a visit to Sanders Draper School in Hornchurch, where he met pupils receiving their grades and making decisions about what to do next.

He spoke to Hadley, one of numerous pupils hoping to go on to sixth form, who said:

“I did better than I expected and I’m feeling good,” he said, after receiving grades sevens to eight. He now plans to study for A-levels in maths, economics and business.

Eva also said she had done well and was very happy after receiving grades 6-8. She plans to go to Campion School to study history, psychology and PE.

Meanwhile Alisha is hoping to get into Frances Bardsley to study psychology, sociology and English, after receiving eight GCSEs. 

Lexi, was best in her class, and said she’d made a big improvement in her grades. She is planning to study law, psychology and English at Havering Sixth Form College.

Around 140 students sat their GCSEs at the school, the first time since the pandemic.

Headteacher Mr Stuart Brooks said:

“I am pleased with the results and the resilience shown by students and staff in the face of adverse times.

"We have some students who have really excelled and will be going on to take their A-levels and attend Sixth Form.

“We have an average 68% in English and Maths with grade 4 and above, which is in line with the national average.

"We will go away and reflect and come back stronger with how we will work with the next cohort of students.”

He described the school as being like a family who worked in partnership to provide a supportive environment.

It encourages students to be the best they can be and has a waiting list for pupils wishing to attend, he said.

For pupils who need support following their results, visit exam results support