GCSE results 2015: Live coverage of results from Camden, Haringey, Barnet and Westminster
Thousands of teenagers across Camden, Barnet, Haringey and Westminster are picking up their GCSE results today.
The Ham&High’s website will keep anxious pupils and proud parents up-to-date with results statistics, analysis and reaction on our live blog and in our special A-level results day coverage in print.
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9.40am - Apologies for the delayed start to our liveblog, it seems that Storify is having some technical problems this morning. But now we’re back up and running!
The first school to declare their GCSE results this morning was Alexandra Park School in Alexandra Palace, Haringey. They report that 85 per cent of students have scored A* to C grades, compared with 86 per cent last year.
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Meanwhile, 77 per cent have scooped A* to C grades including English and mathematics - a jump from 72 per cent last year.
And 38 per cent of pupils have achieved the E-Bacc, while 36 per cent scored A* or A grades.
9.50am - Second school to announce results is all-boys independent University College School (UCS) in Hampstead, Camden. Headteacher Mark Beard said this year’s set of results were the second best in the school’s history.
Percentage of A* to A grades: 86.2 per cent - down from 88.2 per cent last year.
Percentage of five A* to C grades including maths and English: 100 per cent - the same as last year.
Percentage of pupils achieving E-Bacc: 100 per cent - the same as last year.
UCS pupil Jonathan Sheinman was top of his class, scooping an incredible 11 A*s. Fifteen of his classmates also scored 10 A*s.
Mr Beard said: “Following on from our best ever AS results last week, it is a great credit to our Year 11s and their teachers to have achieved UCS’s second best ever GCSE results.
“Our pupils study 10 subjects at GCSE and to have scored so highly across the board is testament to their focus and determination.
“Throughout their GCSE years, though, the boys appreciated that there is much more to education than exam results and continued to get stuck into all forms of extra-mural activity such as music, drama, sport and charitable endeavour. Their success is well-deserved.”
10.02am - Next up is all-girls independent South Hampstead High School in Hampstead, Camden.
Percentage of A* to A grades 2015: 92 per cent - up from 89 per cent last year.
Percentage of 5 A* to C grades including maths and English: 100 per cent - the same as last year.
The school does not qualify for E-Bacc statistics.
Nearly 30 pupils achieved all A*s. In Greek, Latin, music and Spanish, 100 per cent of girls achieved A*s or As.
Headteacher Helen Pike said: “A considerable amount of hard work goes into these results - from girls and their teachers.
“With all girls doing a minimum of 10 and many 11 or more subjects, most of which are IGCSEs, their success is all the more remarkable.
“We are delighted with these reuslts, although league tables by no means give the complete picture when it comes to the quality and breadth of these girls’ education and achievements and our care for their development as individuals.”
10:15am - Independent Highgate School in Highgate, Haringey, is celebrating another stellar set of results in the year the school marked its 450th birthday.
Percentage of A* to A grades 2015: 90 per cent - up from 85.5 per cent last year.
Percentage of five A* to C grades including maths and English: 99.7 per cent - up from 99.2 per cent last year.
The school does not qualify for E-Bacc statistics.
The school marked a trend-bucking set of results, with girl and boys achieving nearly the same number of A*s. Girls traditionally score higher grades at GCSE than their male counterparts.
Headteacher Adam Pettitt, said: “Exam results can’t tell you everything but these pupils worked hard to prepare for these national exams which will be important markers for them in the future, so I am pleased and proud to see them achieve such excellent results, and delighted that their determination and good organisation saw them through the rigours and tedium of extensive revision.
“I am especially grateful to my colleagues for their hard work and their commitment to ensuring that our pupils’ experience is not limited to exam training, important (and successful!) as that is!”
10.25am - Next to release its results is Hampstead School in Cricklewood, Camden. Pupils have smashed last year’s results, with rises in the number of A* and A grades, as well as the benchmark five A* to C grades including maths and English.
Percentage of A* to A grades 2015: 17.17 per cent - up from 15.29 per cent last year.
Percentage of five A* to C grades including maths and English: 54.73 per cent - up from 53.27 per cent last year.
Percentage of pupils achieving E-Bacc 2015: 24.38 per cent – down from 26.63 per cent.
10.35am - Selective all-girls Henrietta Barnett School in Hampstead Garden Suburb, Barnet, looks set to top the league tables for another year with a great set of GCSE results.
More than 69 per cent of grades are A*s this year, with almost half of the year group achieving nine A*s or more.
Percentage of A* to A grades 2015: 94.14 - up from 91.02 last year.
Percentage of five A* to C grades including maths and English: 100 - the same as last year.
Percentage of pupils achieving E-Bacc: 100 - up from 92 per cent last year.
Headteacher Del Cooke said: “Huge congratulations to our Year 11 students and their teachers on these fantastic results.
“They worked extremely hard and were rewarded for their effort.
“They are a delightful group who were fine examples of all we believe in: passionate about their academic subjects and also fully involved in sport, music, drama and all manner of other activities as well as being very supportive of one another.
“We are extremely proud of them and very much look forward to working with them in the sixth-form.”
10.50am - The first Westminster school has announced its results. Independent Portland Place School in Marylebone reports a record year for GCSE pupils, with 99 per cent passing and 35 per cent achieving A*s or As.
Percentage of A*s and As - 35 per cent - up from 32 per cent.
Percentage of A* to C grades - 85 per cent - up from 82 per cent last year.
Percentage of A* to E grades - 99 per cent - up from 97 per cent last year.
Headteacher David Hyman said: “This year has seen Portland Place students achieve record GCSE results.
“Thirty-five per cent of all results were graded at A* or A with an A*-C pass rate of 85 per cent.
“I am very proud of our students who have successfully managed to secure very high grades whilst also participating in the school’s full range of extra curricular activities.
“With the job market continuing to be increasingly competitive our students are developing excellent all round skills which will help them in their future careers.
“For now, I look forward to welcoming the majority of our students into the sixth-form and wish them continued success as they commence their A-level courses.”
11.10am - South Hampstead High School have sent us in two pictures of three of their top students. Alice Cutbill and Riya Gosrani, above, have achieved 12 A* grades and 11 A* grades respectively Both are staying on at the sixth-form next year. Olivia Leigh, above, has also scooped top marks, with her 10 A* and A grades. She will also stay on at the sixth-form.
12.05pm - Fortismere School in Crouch End, Haringey has reported a rise in top GCSE results this year.
Percentage of A* to A grades 2015: 43 - down from 47 last year.
Percentage of five A* to C grades including maths and English 2015: 80 - up from 78 per cent last year.
Percentage of pupils achieving E-Bacc 2015: 55 - down from 58 per cent last year.
Assistant headteacher Sue Karp said: “We are very pleased with this year’s results.”
12.20pm - Headteacher Dawn Moore was with pupils at independent King Alfred School in Golders Green, Barnet, today on her last ever GCSE results day as leader of the school after 30 years in the role.
Percentage of A* to A grades: 48 - the same as last year.
Percentage of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades, including maths and English: 87 - down from 94 last year.
Percentage of pupils achieving E-Bacc: 63 - the same as last year.
Special praise was reserved for top pupils Jessica Leeney and Gigi Williams, who scored nine A*s, one A and eight A*s two As respectively. Mrs Moore said: “These results are a great foundation for continued success at A-levels. I congratulate all the students – it has been such an honour to have taught them over the years.”
12.35pm - Independent North Bridge House School in Hampstead, Camden, has reported a significant rise in the number of top GCSE results.
Percentage of A* to A grades 2015: 49 - up from 39 last year.
Percentage of five A* to C grades including maths and English: 91 - up from 80 last year.
The school does not calculate the percentage of pupils who achieve the E-Bacc.
Headteacher Georgina Masefield said: “I am absolutely delighted to see our students rewarded for their incredible hard work throughout their time at North Bridge House.
“The combined academic and creative success of this year’s cohort is a real testament to the range of talents we aim to nurture through our diverse curriculum.
“I am so proud of our students’ achievements and it is very exciting to think of the bright futures they each have ahead of them.
“I wish them the very best of luck at their new sixth-forms.”
12.50pm - Independent Francis Holland School in Regent’s Park, Westminster, has released its GCSE results.
Percentage of A* and A grades 2015: 76.7 - down from 79.4.
Percentage of A*, A and B grades 2015: 96.8 - up from 95.8 last year.
Percentage of A* to C grades 2015: 99.7 - up from 99 last year.
Top performers include Nicole Chretien who achieved 11 A* grades, as well as Sophia Charap, Cara Heppell, and Ruby MacGregor who each picked up 10 A*s and 1 A. Madeleine Rafter also achieved an impressive 10 A*s.
14.15pm - More schools have announced their results this afternoon.
All-girls independent Channing School in Highgate, Haringey, reported a rise in the number of A* and A grades this year.
Percentage of A* to A grades 2015: 87.1 - up from 86.5.
Percentage of five A* to C grades including maths and English 2015: 100 - the same as last year.
The school does not qualify for the E-Bacc.
Headteacher Barbara Elliott said: ‘As always I am immensely proud of the results at GCSE level.
“This year group has worked incredibly hard and the girls should be delighted with their exceptional achievements.
“I am particularly delighted with our results in Spanish and mathematics methods, and applications, with A* and A grade results for every candidate in all three subjects.
“Channing girls prove time and time again that there are no ‘boys’ subjects’, no glass ceilings and absolutely no limits to the success that they can enjoy.
“Our ISI Report in April this year awarded us the accolade of ‘exceptional’ in the quality of achievements and learning and our GCSE results are a testament to this.”
Also celebrating today are a group of Year 10 girls who have completed a religious studies GCSE a year early, having studied after school, completing the course in just over two terms. 85 per cent of the grades achieved were at A* and A.
14.30pm - Camden School for Girls in Camden Town, Camden, has reported a solid set of GCSE results.
Percentage of A* to A grades 2015: 43 per cent - the same as last year.
Percentage of five A* to C grades including maths and English 2015: 78 - up from 76.
Percentage of pupils achieving E-Bacc 2015: 53 - up from 50 last year.
14.40pm - King Solomon Academy in Marylebone, Westminster, has announced that 93 per cent of pupils have achieved five a* to C grades including maths and English. And 75 per cent have achieved the E-Bacc.
15.05pm - Greig City Academy’s headteacher Paul Sutton has celebrated his school’s GCSE results.
He said: “It is wonderful to witness the students opening their envelopes and being really pleased with their achievements.
“There are some outstanding results achieved this year through a great deal of hard work from all concerned.
“Parents, students and staff can be proud of their results. Not everyone is capable of getting A*s in every subject but when students can say that they have done their best and achieved their potential, that is the most important thing.
“The entire school community is proud of the students and their achievements.”