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‘I was absolutely terrified’: GCSE results day at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School

PUBLISHED: 17:36 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:36 24 August 2017

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School students collecting their their GCSE results. Credit: Em Fitzgerald.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School students collecting their their GCSE results. Credit: Em Fitzgerald.

Em Fitzgerald

Students experienced a range of emotions this morning as they collected their GCSE results from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School.

The Mayor of Islington, Cllr Una O'Halloran with students from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School as they collected their GCSE results. Credit: Em Fitzgerald.The Mayor of Islington, Cllr Una O'Halloran with students from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School as they collected their GCSE results. Credit: Em Fitzgerald.

Megan Hughes said she sobbed when she opened her results, adding: “I was ready to get passes but then I got my results in English and I killed it. I worked so hard for that one, and I’m happy with everything else too.”

The 16-year-old will study English, psychology and French at City and Islington College, and hopes to study English at university in the future.

Fellow student Riduana Ahmed said: “I was pleased because these exams were so stressful. I want to go to City and Islington next year and study politics, economics and maths.”

Annie Thamuimutti, who is heading to Woodhouse College in Barnet and is hoping to study forensics at university, said: “I was absolutely terrified this morning. I was holding my results for a few minutes because I was too scared to open them. Then I saw the first grade and I was like, ‘This is not happening’. I did so well and I’m so, so happy. My parents are also so happy.”

After speaking to dozens of students and posing for selfies on the morning, Mayor of Islington Cllr Una O’Halloran said: “Today has been fantastic – it was great to see how motivated students here are to grab every opportunity and make the most of their lives, doing their best and setting their aims high.”

Cllr Watts added: “There was a brilliant atmosphere at the school, and it was great to see so many young people achieving and even exceeding the grades they had hoped for.

“After such hard work over the last two years, they can now look forward to the next stage – whether that’s starting A-levels, vocational qualifications or training.

“It’s also important to recognise the exceptional support provided by headteachers and teachers in our schools, and the wider family support network at home. The transformation in the performance of local schools in recent years has been extraordinary, and I congratulate everyone who has played a part.”

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