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Grenfell Tower survivor who sat exam hours after escaping blaze gets an A

24th August 2017

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A Grenfell Tower survivor who sat her GCSE chemistry exam in her pyjamas the morning after escaping the blaze has received an A. 

Inês Alves escaped the West London fire hours before she was due to sit the chemistry exam in June. 

After fleeing to her a friend’s house alongside her family she stayed up all night revising because, according to her 21-year-old brother Tiago, she wanted to study chemistry at A – Level. 

More than 80 people died in the blaze, which broke out on the fourth floor of the North Kensington tower block on 14th June. 

Inês also received an A in science and an A* in Spanish, according to the Telegraph, as well as a grade 9 in maths. 

The grade 9, first introduced this year, is the highest grade possible and is used to distinguish the most academically able students.  

She told the paper that she’s “quite happy” with her grades, and said that her school, Sacred Heart High School in Hammersmith, had been “really supportive” throughout the ordeal. 

She also told the Telegraph that she “burst into tears” after taking the exam, but that during it the scale of what she had witnessed hadn’t sunk in. 

Speaking about Grenfell Tower, she said: “I lived there since I was born. 

“Each and every floor was different and multicultural. It’s where I was brought up.

“It still hasn’t really hit me that I’m never going to be able to go home.”

Inês’ family have been living in a hotel since losing their home. 

She revealed that she will now go on to study maths, chemistry, economics and sociology at A-Level.

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