New-look GCSE results arrive for Dartford and Gravesham students - see how they got on here
PUBLISHED: 10:16 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:02 24 August 2017
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Three subjects will now be graded by number
Students around the borough are facing one of the most nerve-wracking days of their academic lives as they pick up their GCSE results today.
But with a new grading format and tougher testing, it could be a while before we know which of the two boroughs’ schools have come out on top.
All secondary schools were tested on new maths, English literature and English language courses, which saw students taught for two years before facing all of their exams in the summer, with no coursework to boost their grades.
And instead of seeing a letter next to their names, all three results will be graded numerically.
Headteacher at Thamesview School Harry Ingham was pleased with the new results, saying: “Thamesview students have responded well to the new, tougher GCSE system. 52 per cent of students gained a 4+ in English and maths GCSEs and 27 per cent achieved a 5+. Well done to all our students and to all our staff who worked extremely hard all year.”
At the Leigh Academy, 58 per cent of students earned grades 9 to 4, roughly equivalent to A* to C.
The only other Leigh Academies Trust school to do better in the Dartford area was Wilmington Academy, which saw 60 per cent of students achieve the same range
Simon Beamish, chief executive of Leigh Academies Trust, commented: “Despite the greater demands placed on students and the high rates of volatility in school performance widely reported across the media, students throughout LAT have achieved admirably.
“I am very proud of them and hugely grateful to all of our staff for their hard work and endless support.”
Neighbouring Wilmington Grammar School for Boys saw 70 per cent of students get grades between A* and B or equivalent, while Wilmington Grammar School for Girls saw nine students achieve all A*s and As.
At Meopham School, 74 per cent achieved grade 4 or above in English, with 68 per cent earning the same results in maths.
French students proved particularly successful at the mixed school, with 85 per cent achieving a C or above.
“We are delighted that our academic and family ethos in a small school setting is producing such excellent outcomes for our pupils,” said headteacher Suzanne Dickinson.