Thousands of teenagers across the capital had sweaty palms and palpitations this morning as they headed to school to pick up their GCSE exam results. Whether it was delight or despair, overall grades in London have dropped for the first in the 24-year history of the exams.
This year 71.7 % of pupils in the capital achieved grades A* to C. Slightly lower than last year's figure of 72.5%. Despite that fall, London schools are still performing above the national average, which this year stands at 69.4% of pupils achieving grades A* to C.
Woolwich Polytechnic used to be amongst the worst in the country, but this year the schools hard work paid off. Education Secretary Michael Gove recently described the work it's doing as "marvellous".Liz Wickham has been finding out the secret of the schools success.
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