Thousands of students plan their future as GCSE results arrive
PUBLISHED: 15:03 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:07 26 August 2016
Youngsters across north west Kent receive the grades they've been waiting for
Teenagers across Gravesham and Dartford have been jumping for joy today as they open the envelopes containing their all-important GCSE results.
Nationally, this year’s grades have shown a significant dip, with poorer results being blamed on more pupils being required to resit English and maths .
But many schools across north west Kent have shown there’s still plenty of good news to tell.
Dartford Grammar has seen another year as one of the very best schools in the country, with half of all students gaining 10 or more A*/A grades.
At a time when language results are a national cause for concern, Dartford Grammar School saw 100% of its boys gain A*-Cs in at least one foreign language - with 96% getting A*-C in two languages.
Headmaster John Oakes said: “We are very proud of our students; they are committed, hard-working young adults with excellent grades and a track record of extra-curricular activities as they move on to further success in the sixth form and beyond.”
Wilmington Grammar School for Girls is celebrating a record year, with 62% of students obtaining five or more A*/A grades.
Special congratulations go to top pupils Megan Hennessy and Kaitlin Kirby, both of whom secured A* grades in all their GCSE subjects.
Headteacher Donna Lodge said: “ I am thrilled with the GCSE outcomes and the results are a testament to the hard work of students and staff.
“Above all though, I am so proud that we have so many exceptionally well rounded students who will be such an asset to society and flourish in many fields, due to their determination and characters, as well as their academic prowess.”
Gravesend Grammar School also achieved impressive results today, with nearly 99% of boys securing the pass rate of C and above. 40% of the school’s students picked up at least five or more A*/A grades.
In the area’s non-selectives, Wilmington Academy has seen a dramatic rise in the number of Year 11s taking home five or more A*-C grades. This year, 57% of pupils achieved the grade compared to 46% in 2015 - a whopping 11% improvement.
75% of students also scored an A*-C in English language.
Headteacher Tracy Trusler said: “Our pupils have done incredibly well and achieved some fantastic results in spite of all the changes and the turmoil of the exam system.
“In an area surrounded by several grammar schools, they should feel very proud of themselves.”
More than 54% of pupils achieved five A* -Cs at Thamesview School, with star pupil George Broadhurst taking home an A* in maths and an A in statistics.
Head Harry Ingham said a special thank you to Thamesview’s staff and students, whose success has placed the school in the top 10% of the county’s non-selectives.
It was another fantastic year at Longfield Academy with 56% of students passing English and maths.
Commenting on the 2016 GCSE results, Simon Beamish, Chief Executive of Leigh Academies Trust, said:
“Our academies’ results this year are simply stunning. Across the board and in a wide range of subjects, scores have risen making this group of Year 11s the most successful on record.”
He added: “Our students have cause to celebrate their success and know that these results were not luck but the result of consistent hard work and commitment to their future.”
The Leigh UTC, also part of the Leigh Academies Trust, achieved some outstanding grades in its first year of GCSE results. Headteacher Steve Leahey praised pupils for their achievements in English and maths, with 64% passing their English GCSE and 62% passing maths.
Even better, 100% of students scored an A*-C grade in further mathematics, the engineering double award and the IT double award.
He added: “Excellent progress has been made by students from disadvantaged backgrounds as well as those with special educational needs. One of our core aims is to get more girls into engineering and IT, our girls have excelled this year and will be future role models for those choosing STEM careers.”
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