Schools attended by local children saw an exceptional performance this year at "A" Level and GCSEs with many achieving record pass rates.

Chiswick Community School saw a pass rate of 93% with 35% of pupils getting A or B grades.

Headteacher David Brockie said: "Very happy with these results and delighted to celebrate the success of our students in achieving the school's best ever pass rate at A Level. It is excellent to see how students from a wide ability range have met their potential and will be progressing to the university course of their choice."

One student, Jonathan Schifferes, achieved three A grades in Economics, Geography, Physics and two students, William De Freitas and James Benn managed two As and a B.

For GCSEs 40% of pupils achieved 5 or more passes at grades A* to C which David Brockie said reflected an important improvement in overall standards compared to last year.

Gumley House RC Convent School saw an "A" level pass rate of 97.4% with 43% of pupils getting the two top grades. A spokesman for Gumley RC School said, "We had a good number of pupils with straight A Grades, and we are continuing the upward trend." At GCSE level the school was once again the best in the borough with 75.7% passing with 5 or more passes at grades A* to C.

The top "A level" pass rate in the borough was at Gunnersbury RC School for boys with 98% of pupils passing and 70.3% of exams taken were awarded one of the top three grades. 60% of pupils got 5 or more passes at grades A* to C.

Cllr Colin Ellar, Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, when congratulating both students and teachers said, “these initial results show that most of our schools are better than the country’s average for A’ Level results, and that Hounslow’s students have put in extra efforts to achieve the top grades. I’m very pleased to see a large number of A grades, and that many of our students are going, not just to Oxford and Cambridge, but to their first choice universities across the country."

Of the GCSE results he said that they "prove how much hard work has been going on in our schools over the last two years, especially when you consider the broad range of academic ability that exists in the borough."

The initial results are provisional, pending full confirmation in September 2002.

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