It's A Level results day - find out how Dartford and Gravesham students got on here
PUBLISHED: 10:18 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:32 17 August 2017
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The dreaded wait for A Level results is finally over as 18 and 19-year-olds around Dartford and Gravesham discover if two years of hard work has paid off.
Moving away from coursework and modular exams, many students opening their envelopes today have taken exams at the end of the school year, piling on the pressure as they prepare for life after sixth form.
But despite the new format, students across north Kent have achieved outstanding results.
Alice Wenban at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls achieved four A*s, booking her place at Cambridge University where she will read computing.
The collaborative sixth form with the nearby boys’ grammar achieved more than half of passes at grades A* to B, with Peter Farmer gaining three A* grades which will allow him to study maths at Nottingham University.
Two students who excelled under the pressure at Meopham School were Charlotte Sparrow and Alex Wallace.
Miss Sparrow picked up an A in Finance, along with a double Distinction* in Health and Social and Cs in film studies and psychology, sending her to Greenwich University to study primary education, while Mr Wallace picked up two Distinction*s and an A grade, letting him into Sheffield Hallam University.
It wasn’t all about university places at the school either, George Buckland, who achieved Distinction*s in business and ICT as well as a B in finance said will soon be starting his financial studies apprenticeship after picking up his results on Thursday.
Headteacher Suzanna Dickinson said: “We are immensely proud that our students continue to excel in both their academic and vocational studies which has led to another year of fantastic results.”
Simon Beamish, is chief executive of the Leigh Academies Trust, which is responsible for the Leigh Academy, Longfield Academy, Wilmington Academy and the Leigh UTC.
He said: “Despite the ramping up of standards and a national picture showing significant volatility across school performance, the situation within Leigh Academies Trust is universally strong. I am tremendously proud of our students and staff and grateful for their hard work and commitment which has been so richly rewarded today”.
Individual results for each of the schools have not been revealed thus far, but scores suggest academic students at Wilmington, Longfield and the Leigh UTC had all seen a slight improvement compared to their GCSEs.
More to follow.