GCSE results day 2017: Grenfell Tower survivor Ines Alves scores top grades, including A in the Chemistry exam she sat hours after fire

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A teenager who escaped from the Grenfell Tower blaze on the eve of her chemistry GCSE was today awarded an A grade.

Ines Alves, who lived with her family on the 13th floor, fled the burning tower block in the middle of the night with just her phone and chemistry notes before sitting the 9am exam in the same clothes she left in.

The 16-year-old also gained the highest possible grade, a 9, in her maths GCSE – equivalent to an A* under the old system.

Speaking at Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith, west London, moments after opening her results, she said: “It’s good. I’m quite happy with my grades.”

New grades: English and Maths exams have been marked under a new grading system (PA)

Ines said she initially thought the fire was “nothing major” and just wanted to sit the paper.

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“That’s all I had on I had on my mind,” she said.

“There was no point me carrying on watching the building burning so I just went in.”

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Ines also revealed that she gained an A* in her Spanish GCSE but missed two history exams, one RE exam and one physics exam in the days after the fire, which affected her overall grades.

She plans to study chemistry, maths, economics and sociology when she begins her A-levels later this year.

The scale of the Grenfell disaster was “slowly” starting to sink in, she said, adding that support from her school and friends had been “really good”.

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Asked what she mostly remembered from the night of the fire, she said: “The whole thing. The screaming, people screaming, begging for help.”

The family, who owned their 13th-floor flat, are currently living in a hotel, more than two months on from the blaze.

They have received offers of temporary accommodation but want to wait until they are offered a place with the opportunity to turn it into their permanent home.

Ines said staying in a hotel was “not ideal but it’s not terrible”.

She was accompanied by her brother, Tiago, 20, who said he was “very proud” of his “overachiever” sister.

Students today received their results for the first time under a system which uses grades 9 to 1 in maths and English. 

Other subjects were marked under the old A* to G system.

The reforms were brought in to toughen up syllabuses and to make it easier to distinguish which are the most exceptional students.

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