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Students make the A-Team

PUBLISHED: 17:54 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 23 August 2010

STUDENTS across the borough have been revelling in record breaking GCSE results after the highest ever proportion of entries were awarded the top grades. The anxious wait for teenagers in Gravesham for their GCSE results came to an end last Thursday, whe

STUDENTS across the borough have been revelling in record breaking GCSE results after the highest ever proportion of entries were awarded the top grades.

The anxious wait for teenagers in Gravesham for their GCSE results came to an end last Thursday, when it was revealed more than one in five entries across the UK were awarded an A or A*.

This is a rise of 0.9 percentage points compared to 2008, with results this year also showing two in three entries scoring between A* and C grades.

Pupils from Northfleet School for Girls, Hall Road, Northfleet, were some of the 600,000 across the country collecting their results.

Rikah Louie, 16, of Whitehill Lane, Gravesend, received six A* and A grades and 3 B's. She said: "I am really, really proud with what I achieved. I am quite shocked, I wasn't really expecting them to be that good.

"I worked hard for these, I haven't told my mum and dad yet, but I think they will be very happy. I don't think the exams are getting easier, we have to work just as hard to get these results."

Katie Jones, 16, of Hall Road, Northfleet, whose results included a C in Product Design and Business, and English and a B in English Literature, said: "I am pleased to be honest, I actually thought I wasn't going to get results as good as these."

Head-teacher Julie Wilson said: "Excellent results at GCSE mean even more students will continue their studies with us next year.

"All students and staff showed real dedication and determination to succeed and I am proud of our achievements."

Cobham Hall recorded their best ever results, with 97 per cent of students gaining five or more passes at A* to C.

Headmaster Paul Mitchell said: "I am very pleased with this record breaking year, which is due to the hard work of the girls and the dedication of the staff."

One student, Sophia Edwards achieved passes in 11 subjects, with nine of her results A*. She has been awarded a sixth form scholarship for September and will join the Cobham Hall's Sixth Form to study for the International Baccalaureate.

Gads Hill School saw 97 per cent of the schools year 11 students achieve nine A to C grades. Pupil and outgoing Head of School Lucy Conn, achieved two A* five A's, one B and one C. She hopes to eventually study Medicine.

She said: "It's such a relief to finally get my GCSE grades and I am really happy. The saddest thing is that I have now officially left Gad's Hill and I loved it here, I am pretty sure I will be visiting often!

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