Students across the country received their GCSE results after a year of uncertainty and loss.
Among the pupils who collected their grades was one Hillingdon boy who dealt with a bereavement in the family at a pivotal time in his life.
Harvinder Malhi, 16, achieved outstanding grades and credits the teachers at Oak Wood School in Hillingdon for getting him through a difficult time.
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The 16-year-old said: “Covid has had a big impact so I have really appreciated the support my school has provided. It has really made a huge difference.
“It’s been difficult from the start, with the pandemic, but before that I had a family death, close to me, so that was tough.
“But my head of year Mr Rice helped me.”
The teenager obtained an exceptional four A*s and four As (four 9s, two 8s and two 7s under the new grading system) for his GCSEs in spite of the challenging circumstances.
Harvinder said: “This year has shown just what an amazing school this is now because everyone is there to help each other out, teachers and my friends have been amazing.”
Another student at the West London school felt a sense of relief and surprise after receiving an A* in seven subjects and a distinction in IT, as well as an A (Grade 8) in French.
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Shaun Tobin said: “I feel pretty relieved, I was a bit nervous when I was walking down but I’m happy with it. I wasn’t expecting that high in French, I’m happy with it.
“It has been difficult having so much time not in school, being online learning, even after Christmas not being in school for such large parts of the year.
“But even though we were not physically in school the teachers still did everything to motivate us and push us on to do well.”
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Close to three quarters of grades at the Hillingdon school were a grade 9 to 4 (A* to C in the old grading system).
Nearly one fifth of students achieved excellent 9-7 grades, equivalent to A*-A, while over half the pupils achieved a strong pass.
Headteacher Daniel Cowling said: “We are immensely proud of all the work and achievements of our Year 11 pupils, especially after such a difficult and disrupted year.
“Our teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure that all pupils are all able to progress onto further study and we look forward to hearing about their successes in the future.”
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