Gravesend students celebrate GCSE results

PUBLISHED: 15:04 21 August 2014 | UPDATED: 15:04 21 August 2014

Students celebrate their achievements.

Students celebrate their achievements.


Thousands of students opened their GCSE results with nerves and trepidation last week.

More than 500 students from the three secondary schools in Leigh Academies Trust were delighted after receiving their results this year.

Despite the additional challenges students faced, after sweeping changes to examination rules and performance tables, parents, staff and pupils were very happy with the results they were awarded.

The percentage of students gaining five A* to C grades was 54 per cent in both The Leigh Academy and Wilmington Academy and 57 per cent in the Longfield Academy.

Students who did particularly well included Lauren Oblein, who studies at The Leigh Academy, gained three A* grades, six A grades and four B grades and Devika Sooklall, from the Longfield Academy, who received three A* grades, five A grades and four B grades.

Simon Beamish, Chief Executive of the Leigh Academies Trust, said: “It has been widely reported across the media that results at GCSE this year are subject to very significant volatility. It is now students’ first entry grade that counts, not their best; modular examinations have been all but abolished; coursework is being eliminated as a form of assessment; vocational courses have been very significantly downgraded.

“Even so, results across the Leigh Academies Trust remain strong. This is testament to the determination of staff and students to work through this unprecedented period of unrelenting change to achieve the very best results again. We now look forward to welcoming back increased numbers of students to one of our post 16 centres.”

The post 16 centres are located in Dartford, including the Leigh University Technical College (UTC), where recruitment is currently taking place.

Students at Mayfield Grammar School, Pelham Road, Gravesend, achieved an increase in the top grade with 18.77% of all results at A* in this years’ GCSE results and 51.48% of the results at A* or A grades.

Many students did exceptionally well in the exams, with Basmah Ahmad and Yasmine Burrha both achieving nine A* grades and one A each.

Charlotte Marchant achieved seven A* and three A grades and Lauren Moloney, Abbey Thornhill and Jada Britton all achieved seven A* grades, with their remaining exams being A or A and B grades.

Headteacher Elaine Wilson said: “We are proud of all our students and would like to congratulate them on their excellent results. We look forward to teaching them in the sixth form.”

Students at Northfleet School for Girls were also pleased with their results.

“Success in school demands determination and our students have proved it,” said Headteacher Julie Wilson.

“They have taken every advantage of all that we have offered and have risen to meet the challenge of the changed exams. Congratulations to them and to staff who provided amazing support through coaching and revision groups in holidays, before and after school and at weekends. I could not have asked for more.”

Especially successful students were Akousua-Rose Moore, who achieved A* and A grades for all her subjects, and Lauren Searle who achieved five A grades.

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