A teenage girl sat a GCSE exam in her pyjamas just hours after she fled from the Grenfell Tower fire with her revision notes.
Ines Alves, 16, had been up revising late for her Chemistry exam on Tuesday night when her dad Miguel, 49, who returned late from work, spotted smoke coming from the 4th floor. He quickly ran to their flat on the 13th floor and alerted his daughter and his son and the family quickly fled.
After sheltering in a friend’s house overnight, she turned up to her GCSE chemistry exam at the Sacred Heart School in Hammersmith at 9am – still wearing her pyjamas.
"It was my Chemistry GCSE and that's what I want to do in my A-levels next year so I thought maybe it was necessary to do it," Alves told the Telegraph, referring to the UK exams taken at 16 and then 18 respectively.
Alves was reportedly told she wouldn't have to sit for the exam, due to the obvious extenuating circumstances, but she was determined to take it regardless.
"We realized about 3 a.m. that our flat had been destroyed and despite being at a friend's house, my sister couldn't sleep so she studied for the exam instead," Alves' brother Tiago told Metro.
Following her exam, Ines joined her parents, Miguel and Fatima, to try and help others who had also been affected by the fire.
The 16-year-old said that when they first heard about the fire, firefighters at the bottom of the tower had told her mother, who had got down earlier, to tell them to stay in their flat and close the windows and doors. Thankfully they didn’t get the message in time and ended up coming down the stairs anyway.
The family’s entire home was destroyed in the blaze, which left at least 58 dead and more than 70 injured.