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North Kent grammar schools listed in top 100 secondary schools

PUBLISHED: 11:14 24 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:45 24 January 2013

Two north Kent schools were among the top 100 secondary schools according to GCSE results from summer 2012.

Two north Kent schools were among the top 100 secondary schools according to GCSE results from summer 2012.

Wilmington Grammar School for Boys and Gravesend Grammar School both received 100 per cent A* to C grades in last year’s results.

Dartford Grammar School (boys) and Dartford Grammar School for Girls each received 98 per cent A* to C grades.

Head of Gravesend Grammar School Geoff Wybar said: “It is very pleasing. It is a credit to all the great pupils who work so hard and the teachers.”

While the grammar schools continued to get top grades in 2012, north Kent’s independent schools saw results plummet.

Cobham Hall received 43 per cent A* to C grades, falling from 72 per cent in 2011 and 100 per cent in 2010.

At Gad’s Hill, 58 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades, down from 74 per cent in 2011 and 100 per cent in 2010.

Gad’s Hill head David Craggs said small numbers of students meant there was more variety in percentages.

“We had just 31 students taking GCSEs last year. Our overall results are good and our children leave Gad’s Hill with grades that are above what they ought to achieve.”

He also suggested the recession meant independent schools had to revise their admissions process.

“With the economic recession there are fewer people choosing independent school places. We have had to lower our admissions standard because the pool of applicants is not as big. Most of our children have not succeeded at the Eleven Plus. We are not a grammar school and are very much a comprehensive intake,” he said.

Schools achieving their highest ever GCSE results since 2009 included Leigh Technology Academy (61%), Longfield Academy (51%) and Northfleet Technology College (52%).

At the bottom end of the league table was Swan Valley Community School which received 24 per cent A* to C grades and was among the 20 worst performing schools.

In the A Level results league tables, also released today, Dartford Grammar School was listed in the top 100 secondary schools according to 2012 grades.

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