GRAYS Convent High School is celebrating a great set of GCSE results once more.
"There was added pressure for this year group as they were the first to engage with the reformed GCSEs but, as always, our students worked hard and I am so incredibly proud of all them for this exceptional achievement".
Across the United Kingdom, 66.3 per cent of students achieved between A* and C grades, with a new system being introduced for the first time, meaning that English, Maths and Science exams were graded from 1-9 rather than from G-A*.
"We are very proud of all our students whatever their ability and wish them every success in their next steps".
Our Lady's Convent High School student Shannon Smith with her GCSE results
In the midst of country-wide uncertainty around the new, more challenging, examinations in English and maths, students have surpassed expectations with 80% achieving a strong pass in English and 90% achieving the standard pass.
Seventy-two per cent of students gained the new 9-4 pass grade in both English and maths, while 40 per cent gained the highest 9-7 grades in either subject.
One in six entries gained the top score of level 9 - created to be a challenging level to reach and beyond the traditional A* - in either the reformed English or Maths GCSEs, while 14 achieved level 9 in English Language, English Literature and Maths.
Of the grades awarded to the 142 pupils who make up the 2017 cohort, 98 per cent were A*, A or B. Boys and girls performed exceptionally well.More news: Trevor Siemian wins Broncos quarterback job again, AP source says
Jonathan Gillespie, headmaster of St Albans School, commented: "I am delighted with this year's excellent GCSE results and congratulate our pupils on their individual successes".
Looking at the results, the extra structured time put in by students and their teachers has clearly paid off and will be the model of choice for years to come.
These are excellent results which our students, parents and staff should be rightly proud of.
More than 85 per cent of students achieved five or more GCSEs at A*-C and 64 per cent achieved a level 5 or more in both English and maths.More news: Army chief reaches Leh, takes stock of situation
More than a third of the grades obtained by students at the school this year were at the highest grades including several students who achieved three 9s in English and Maths.
A quarter of all students achieved six or more A*-A grades and 82 per cent of students achieved at least one A*.
Among other successful students, Devni Peramunugamage achieved Seven A*s and Two As plus two grade 6s.
"I would also like to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of The Bridge Academy staff - congratulations to all involved".More news: All hands to pump as Europe prepare for Solheim Cup showdown