A-level delight

PUBLISHED: 13:44 20 August 2010

Bridget Hamilton, Josephine Silvester and Pavneet Padda of Gravesend Grammar School for Girls

Bridget Hamilton, Josephine Silvester and Pavneet Padda of Gravesend Grammar School for Girls


Thousands of A-level pupils are celebrating achieving record breaking results in this year’s examinations.

Gravesend Grammar School for Boys, Gravesend Grammar School for Girls and Meopham Secondary School all achieved 99 per cent pass rates with Meopham’s results increasing by four per cent on last year.

County-wide pass rates went up to 93.5 per cent, and increase of more than 2 per cent on last year, when results were revealed on Thursday.

Meopham headteacher Sara Kemsley said: “We are delighted with the results from our Year 13 students this year.”

Geoff Wybar, head teacher at Gravesend Grammar said he was particularly pleased considering the doubt over university places due to trouble in the employment market.

He said: “What we don’t know yet is whether or not people have achieved their university places but they deserve lots of praise for what they have achieved.”

Chris Monks, 18, of Longfield Hill achieved three A grades in Maths, Further Maths and Physics with a B in Chemistry.

“It is sheer relief,” he said. I didn’t sleep all night,”

Cameron Shand, 18, of Whitehill Lane picked up A*’s in Maths and Chemistry and an A in History, adding: “It was all fine through the year having done our UCAS forms but then after the exams you are just trying to forget about it. There was quite a lot of panic last night.”

Gravesend Grammar School for Girls improved its results of A* to B grades from 59 per cent to 62 per cent and head teacher Elaine Wilson paid tribute to her pupils.

She said: “It is testament to all their hard work and that of their teachers.”

Delighted Pavneet Padda, 18, of Beaumont Drive, Northfleet, who achieved A* in Maths and Further Maths and A in Economics, told the Reporter: “I was really shocked especially in the Further Maths. I told my mum when I found out and she was so happy.”

John Standley, head teacher at St Johns Catholic Comprehensive School singled out his Maths and Physics departments for praise.

He said: “This group of pupils have worked so hard and have picked up so many As and A* in maths and further maths. They are a credit to their teachers and I am sure will go on to even better things.”

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