Aug 26 2011 By Hannah Bewley
PROUD teachers and ecstatic pupils across Harrow celebrated the best ever GCSE results in the borough today, Thursday (August 25).
Many pupils received grades which were higher than expected and credited their dedicated teachers and a good deal of hard work.
Students at Bentley Wood High School, Stanmore, achieved the highest results in the school's history and head teacher Janice Howkins put the success down to the quality of the teaching: "We have an amazing staff who are a very strong group of teachers. We have also had a number of year 10s who have taken subjects early and quite a lot of them achieved three A*s. The results are going up year on year, we are really very pleased."
Loren Still, 16, of Ashridge Gardens, Pinner, achieved six A*s and five As, and plans to go on to study economics, maths, biology and psychology A-levels. She said: "I was happy with my grades, I wanted all As and A*s so I was quite pleased!"
Canons High School also excelled itself with a huge improvement on last year as 84 per cent of pupils got five or more A*-C grades, up from 76 per cent last year.
One student, Narmatha Pathmanathan, got seven A*s and five As.
Deputy head girl at the school Zaynah Zahn, got four A*s, four As and two Bs, said she was shocked by the results as they were a lot better than expected. She will go on to study biology, maths, chemistry, and geography.
At Park High, Stanmore, many of the pupils were signing up for courses for the sixth form after being jubilant about their results.
Three PE students were singing the praises of their teacher, Mr Derby. Bradley Hill said: "He is like god, he knew exactly what to teach us and what would come up in the exam, and he was so helpful when we actually came to sit the paper. He managed to teach all of the theory really well."
Bradley, who got three As, seven Bs and one C, will go on to study PE with his schoolmates Carly Wright and Hannah Wakeman, who were also inspired by their teacher.
Headmaster Emlyn Lumley said: "We are delighted with how well our students have done, not surprised but very pleased for those who have done so well and looking forward to sharing in their future successes as well."