A teenager who escaped the Grenfell Tower fire and took her GCSE exam hours later, has smashed her results. Ines Alves, a 16-year-old who lived with her family on the 13th floor of the London tower, fled the fire with just her phone and chemistry notes. She sat the 9am exam in the same clothes she left in.
She opened her GCSE results live on TV, discovering that she achieved a grade nine in Maths, an A in Science and an A* in Spanish.
Watch her results in this video below.
Speaking from Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith, west London, after opening her results, Ines said: “It’s good. I’m quite happy with my grades.
“I wish I did more, but then again, I don’t know, it hasn’t sunk in yet.
“For the exams I missed, I didn’t do too well in them overall.”
Ines missed two history exams, one RE exam and one physics exam in the days following the fire, leading her to receive lower results in those subjects than expected.
She revealed that she was in shock when she sat the exam in an interview with The Telegraph.
“I was on two hours’ sleep and I had just witnessed my house burning down. But it hadn’t sunk in,” she said.
“Occasionally it popped into my head, [but] I just tried to get distracted by the exam questions.”
Following the exam, she described how she: “Just burst into tears.”
She is planning to study Chemistry, Maths, Economics and Sociology when she begins her A-levels later this year.
Speaking to This Morning, her brother, Tiago Alves, said: “She had been studying for that exam for such a long time. She just wanted to get it over and done with.
“I didn’t expect her to do it and told her she didn’t have to, but she really wanted to. I am really proud of her – I have no words for it.
“It seems very surreal even though I knew she was going to get it. Maths has been one of our strongest subjects family-wise.”