GCSE results nationally fell to their lowest in almost a decade, but early indications showed Richmond’s schools for the most part have bucked this trend.

Some schools have fallen well below the national average but most had improvement to celebrate and many, including Orleans Park, celebrated their best ever results.

Students at Grey Court School achieved the school’s highest number of A* and A grades, with 85 per cent of pupils gaining five A* - C grades.

Among the students celebrating was Libby Allen, who said she was shocked at how well she had done and thanked the teachers who worked with her.

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The results for Richmond's state schools and academies

Headteacher Maggie Bailey said: “These are the best GCSE grades that this school has ever produced and as head teacher I feel immensely proud of the achievements of our young people - Well done everybody.”

Twickenham Academy celebrated an 11 per cent spike in its results compared to last year.

The school achieved 55 per cent A* - C grades, compared to 44 per cent in 2015.

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Headteacher Assal Ruse said: “It shows that the measures we have introduced since April are already starting to have a positive impact on the academic performance of our students.”

Hampton Academy, which is joining Twickenham Academy in a multi-academy trust with Waldegrave and Teddington schools, gained 46 per cent A* – C results.

Principal Mair Hughes said: “We look forward now to next term and a fresh start working with a new trust in alliance of high performing local schools.”

Teddington School also celebrated record breaking results after recording 80 per cent of pupils gaining A* - C grades.

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Headteacher John Wilkinson said the school was a year ahead of schedule in its improvement targets and the results were a testament to the school’s inclusive and high achieving principles.

He said: “Students, staff, governors and parents have worked together to improve in two years what many other institutions would expect to improve over three years.”

85 per cent of Waldegrave students scored A* - C grades, which would have made the school the borough’s highest performing state school based on last year’s results.

Elena Lici, from Twickenham, achieved seven A*s and four As and will study Chemistry, Biology, English Literature and History at Waldegrave sixth form.

She said: “I’m so happy, this is everything I’ve worked so hard for, I can see how proud my mum is of me.”

Richmond Park Academy achieved 57 per cent A* - C, and Mary Beaty, who achieved five A*s, two As, a B and a C, said she was delighted with her results.

Orleans Park achieved 83 per cent A* - C, the school’s best ever results.

Head teacher Elaine Ball said: “I am so delighted with this outstanding set of results and immensely proud of everyone. “These results reflect the motivation, commitment and dedication of our students and staff.”

Independent Hampton School were also record breaking, with 67 per cent of boys achieving A* grades. 91 per cent of all marks were A* or A.

Rower Harry Fieldhouse, who claimed two gold medals at the National Schools Regatta and helped Great Britain to victory in this summer’s international match versus France, notched up 10 A* grades.