The council says students at post-16 schools and colleges across the borough showed “resilience and dedication” when they faced their first major exam experience, having missed out on sitting their GCSEs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and achieved results in line with pre-pandemic 2019 grades.

Students from Harris City Academy Crystal Palace were among those celebrating.

18 year old Jessica Sandbrook Crystal Palace resident and student at Harris City Academy Crystal Palace, said: “I’m going to Cambridge next year to do history and politics and I’m excited to go to university but also will miss school and friends I made here.”

Rachael Omirefa, from Croydon, said: “I’m going to be studying medicine next year in Exeter and I’m a bit nervous to leave school but I know that this is a good thing and I’m excited to study my degree.”

Carrie Senior, Headteacher of Harris City Academy said: “I’m delighted to celebrate with the post-16s getting their results. I’m really pleased with how brilliantly they’ve done and congratulations to all of them, especially with all the interruptions they’ve had.”