Best GCSEs ever at Bethnal Green’s Morpeth including kid with 12 A*s

PUBLISHED: 12:30 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:43 22 August 2013

12 A* pupil Josh Vernon from Morpeth Secondary

12 A* pupil Josh Vernon from Morpeth Secondary


Morpeth Secondary in London’s East End had its best ever GCSE results for the second year running.

Sir Alastair Macdonald, retiring head at MorpethSir Alastair Macdonald, retiring head at Morpeth

One pupil, 16-year-old Joshua Vernon, got straight A*s in all his 12 subjects.

He plans to do five A-levels next year, then hopefully take philosophy at university.

It was a grand finale for Sir Alastair Macdonald who retires at the end of the month after 21 years as head teacher.

He has seen the number of top-graders going up from 16 when he first joined the 1,200-pupil school in Bethnal Green in 1992 to today’s 162, a tenfold increase.

Almost a quarter of those who took the exam managed to get three A* and As at least, with 10 of them getting a combination of 12 As and A*.

The 24 per cent of top graders beat last year’s 17 per cent which was itself the school’s best ever year.

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