GCSEs: Dartford and Gravesham pupils smash school records

PUBLISHED: 17:33 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:33 22 August 2013

Ashley Cousins was all smiles after opening his GCSE grades at Meopham School.

Ashley Cousins was all smiles after opening his GCSE grades at Meopham School.


Pupils across Gravesham and Dartford made history as they smashed school records this morning.

Meopham School saw its best ever grades today, with 57 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades - including English and maths.

That’s a rise of more than 15 per cent on last year, making the school, in Wrotham Road, one of Kent’s most improved.

Headteacher Matthew Munro said: “These excellent results are due reward for the hard work of students and staff. It shows that the transformational effect of the changes and the renewed focus on core subjects has been.”

One of the top achievers was Ashley Cousins, a long-standing member of west end production Billy Elliott, who bagged himself an A* in English and a distinction A* in performing arts.

He said: “I am ecstatically happy with what I have achieved.”

Elsewhere, at Mayfield Grammar School, in Pelham Road, Gravesend, almost 20 per cent of all results were A* grades. More than half of all results were A grades and above.

A whopping 17 students achieved all A* and As in their results, including Gursharan Halaith who earned 11 A* grades and two As.

The Leigh Academies Trust, which emcompasses Longfield Academy, in Main Road, The Leigh Technology Academy, in Green Street Green Road, Dartford, and Wilmington Academy, in Common Lane, Dartford are also celebrating outstanding results.

Each of its secondary academies achieved their best ever results, and were all above the national average for students achieving five A* to C grades.

Wilmington Academy was up by more than 10 per cent, bettered by Longfield Academy who improved their numbers by more than 15 per cent.

Frank Green, CEO of the trust, said: “am thrilled that students across the trust, in all academies, have achieved so well this year.

“The outcomes have been richly deserved through the hard work and dedication of the students and teachers at each academy, and the support that they receive at home.”

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