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Malcolm Wilson is one of many parents and family member who oppose the plans

Families brand Camden sixth form’s strict new A-level criteria as ‘madness’

Camden’s biggest sixth-form is facing a backlash over moves to bring in stricter A-level entry requirements after concerned families described the plans as “madness”.

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Pupils at Alexandra Park celebrate their GCSE results.

Haringey headteachers refuse to release results as they take a stand against GCSE league tables

The GCSE results of some of the borough’s top performing schools will remain under wraps until January – as they rail against students’ achievements being reduced to a “simple ‘league table’ approach”.

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Twins Naomi and Tara Kilcoyne from Henrietta Barnett School celebrate 21 A*s between them.

Double GCSE results joy for twins at Barnet and Haringey schools

There was double joy for several sets of twins who picked up their GCSE results at Barnet and Haringey schools this year.

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Channing School pupil Dalia Blass nearly missed one of her exams after she got stuck in traffic following a road traffic collision in Highgate. Luckily, she got there with two minutes to spare and today has achieved 11 A*s

Channing School student ran one mile to make exam in time after Highgate road crash

A road crash in Highgate led a Channing schoolgirl to come within minutes of missing a crucial exam - but she triumphed last week with 11 A* GCSEs.

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Parliament Hill School pupil Idhil Jama scooped an outstanding 16 A*s and As at GCSE after taking several of them aged just 13. Picture: Polly Hancock

Parliament Hill pupil scoops 16 GCSEs after sitting exams three years early

A Parliament Hill School pupil scooped an impressive 16 A*s and As in her GCSEs last week after sitting several of them aged just 13.

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Ellie Pollard and Sinead Odie open ther results at Parliament Hill School. Picture: Polly Hancock

Video: Significant rise in GCSE grades at Camden, Barnet and Haringey schools

Camden, Barnet and Haringey schools have celebrated a significant rise in “good” GCSE grades this year - in line with the first nationwide increase for three years.

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UCS student Danny Wittenberg celebrated with an astonishing 11 A* GCSEs. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Ham&High Young Readers’ editor and UCS student celebrates with 11 A* GCSEs

The Ham&High celebrated its own GCSE success yesterday as the editor of its latest Young Readers’ Edition was awarded an astonishing 11 A*s.

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North Bridge House pupils Florence Shaul and Brendan Comyn celebrate top grades. Picture: Polly Hancock.

Girl with mumps forced to sit GCSEs in quarantine celebrates results

A Hampstead Garden Suburb schoolgirl was forced to sit her GCSEs in quarantine after falling ill with a highly-contagious viral infection the night before her first exam.

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Students at Henrietta Barnett School in Barnet on GCSE results day 2013. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Live blog: GCSE results in Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster

Thousands of anxious teenagers across Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster will pick up their GCSE results today.

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Haverstock School student Joyce Chukwuma jumps for joy after finding out that she achieved  two As, three Bs, and three Cs. Picture: Camden Council

Photo gallery: Pupils celebrate GCSE results in Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster

Schools were filled with excited shrieks today as nervous pupils opened their GCSE results.

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Headteacher Sam White says 'gold standard' A-levels may not be the best path for all pupils. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Only best pupils will get places at top Camden sixth form as tough new A-level criteria introduced

This year’s “toughest ever” A-level exams have forced Camden’s largest sixth form to tighten entry requirements and only accept the brightest students in the wake of a controversial government shake-up.

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The Ham&High wants to see your Tweets and pictures on GCSE results day tomorrow. Picture: Niall Carson

Send us your tweets and photos on GCSE results day

The wait is finally over for thousands of nervous teenagers across Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster who pick up their GCSE results tomorrow.

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UCL Academy pupils Amardeep Chawala, Brahim Mansour and Mayya Vorona celebrate getting their A-level results

Pioneering pupils celebrate UCL Academy’s first A-level results

Camden’s only academy school has rocketed up the league tables after its students set an “outstanding” precedent for future years in its first ever set of A-level results.

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Highgate pupil Riaz Razaq, 18, is going to Durham to study geography after getting three As

‘Buyer’s market’ helps pupils to secure university places despite missing grades

There were more university places on offer than ever before this year – which may explain why many pupils were celebrating despite missing out on their target grades.

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School leavers are more and more viewing apprenticeships as a viable alternative to university

The Camden school leavers choosing money and work over debt and a degree

A sizeable minority collecting their A-level results on Thursday were shunning the tradition of university and going for alternative career paths.

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Headteacher Barbara Elliott with students Hannah Poole and Emma Collins who both got 4 A*s. Picture: Polly Hancock

A-level results: Channing School duo achieve straight A* sweep

Two Channing School pupils achieved an impressive sweep of straight A*s in their A-levels last week.

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UCL Academy pupil Brahim Mansour hopes to find a cure for cancer. He took the first step today after getting three A*s in his biology, chemistry and mathematics A-levels and winning a place to study chemistry at University College London

Photo gallery: Students pick up A-level results in Camden, Haringey, Barnet and Westminster

Schools across Camden, Haringey, Barnet and Westminster have been hives of activity today as thousands of teenagers opened their A-level results.

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La Swap pupil Amber Hanrahan, 18, could not believe she achieved A, A, B in her A-levels. She is off to study psychology at the University of Sussex. Picture: Polly Hancock

A-level results: La Swap teenager made to live alone at 18 celebrates top grades

An 18-year-old who has been living alone for more than a year has celebrated top A-level grades.

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Twins Joshi and Natascha Von Uexkull, who studied at La Swap, both got A*, A, B, but in different subjects. Picture: Polly Hancock

A-level results: La Swap twins get same grades for second year running

A pair of non-identical twins have spookily achieved exactly the same exam grades for the second year running.

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Highgate School pupil Thomas Stephens celebrates on A-level results day. Picture: Polly Hancock

A-level results: Students in Camden and Barnet defy national decline in grades

Schools across Camden and Barnet have celebrated a trend-bucking set of A-level results this year, defying a national decline in grades.

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Malcolm Wilson is one of many parents and family member who oppose the plans

Families brand Camden sixth form’s strict new A-level criteria as ‘madness’

Camden’s biggest sixth-form is facing a backlash over moves to bring in stricter A-level entry requirements after concerned families described the plans as “madness”.

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War correspondent Oggy Boytchev was the producer for BBC World Affairs editor John Simpson

MY BELSIZE PARK: War correspondent producer Oggy Boytchev says Belsize keeps him calm

Oggy Boytchev, 59, has enjoyed a long career as a producer working with BBC war correspondent John Simpson. He is now a freelance journalist and TV producer.

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Obituaries See all

Human rights campaigner Helen Bamber who has died aged 89. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Obituary: Emma Thompson and Colin Firth lead tributes to pioneering human rights activist Helen Bamber

A trailblazing human rights campaigner who has died aged 89 has been remembered as a “beacon of hope for humanity” by family, celebrity figures, charities and Jewish organisations.

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