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5:43pm

And that's it for our A-level results live blog. Hope you've enjoyed it and found it useful during the day.

Congratulations to all the students on their deserved successes today. Hope you have a good time celebrating, and good luck with whatever you're going on to next.

5:25pm

In a statement from John Roan's head teacher, Des Malone said: 

"We are delighted with another set of  excellent results from our 6th Form students. After a year of hard work and determination The John Roan school celebrates a 100% A*-E pass rate. Pleasingly 91% of these students from the 2014 cohort achieved the top A*- C grades.

"There are always exceptional performances from individuals and this year – Wing Chow passed 5 A levels in Further Maths A*,Biology A*, Chemistry A*, Physics A and Chinese A. Rosa Baxter achieved History A, English A, French A as well as A* for her Extended Project Qualification. She is now heading to Keble College to read English. Tillie Crawford-Miller attained a Distinction*in Fashion and Textiles and a Distinction* for Photography and is off to study Art and Design. Alex Donnelly has a Double Distinction * for Fashion and Textiles and a Distinction * for Health and Social Care. Gabriel May passed Government and Politics with an A* and passed History and Music with B’s. Just a few of our many high achievements.

"We would like to congratulate all our students who have made the Sixth form at The John  Roan such a vibrant and lively place to work this year. Additionally, our staff have worked exceptionally hard under difficult circumstances as we have moved towards the completion of our new buildings. With our increased numbers in September and the new Post 16 centre almost complete, the future looks very exciting."

5:23pm

A year of stunning results at Tallis, with outstanding achievement for students across the ability range at this high-achieving mixed comprehensive school.

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Almost two hundred students took A2 examinations at Thomas Tallis this year.   There were nearly four hundred entries for a wide range of A2 qualifications, and 150 BTEC qualifications were also gained.

A-level grades were: 25% A or A*, 53% A*-B, 80% A*-C, with a 99% pass rate.  Almost 20% of the student body got the equivalent of ABB or better;  eleven students obtained 3 A grades or better at A2; seven students obtained triple D* in the BTEC Extended Diploma.  These results came across a broad range of science, humanities and arts subjects.

There were some astonishing individual performances.   Robbie Akenhead and Samuel Harpin obtained two A*’s and an A at A2, as did Sara Demaili and Laura Savage.  Yasmin Mahfouz obtained 2 A*’s and two A’s, Akvile Baliuleviciute three A’s and a B, and Keran Zhao one A*, 2 A’s and a B.  Natasha Smith, Joleigh Risby, Ashley Pereira, Elias Henry, Gurkan Cigerli, Jason To and Sharon Okuns obtained  D*D*D* in their BTEC examinations.

5:18pm

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Over at Sydenham School, plenty of pupils had cause to celebrate. Kirstin Perry, 18, from Sydenham got  French B, Eng Lit A and History B. She will be going to Birmingham to read BA Hons Modern Languages & European Studies. Emily Fidel, 18 from Sydenham got Art A, Eng Lit C, Film Studies A, BTEC Acting Dist*. She will be going to  Ravensbourne to study Art Foundation course in Sept 2014 then to Sussex for BA Hons Film Studies Sept 2015.

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Amelia Williams, 18 from Forest Hill got 3 As and will be going to Oxford to read BA Hons Classics and English.  She said: “When I rang my father to tell him the news,  he was quite emotional.

"I am looking forward to studying at Oxford and although I am not bouncing around  - I am inwardly jumping for joy.  I was not sure at all that I would make it.  I will be in a very small year group doing classics at my college but a much bigger group studying English and so that is a good balance.”  

5:15pm

A head teacher of a high-achieving Sydenham sixth form school celebrated A Level results day with the students through Skype today.

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Final year pupils at Sydenham High, an all-girls school located on Westwood Hill, celebrated with champagne and miniature tea cakes following the success of their exams.

But school head Kathryn Pullen, who is on a visit to Australia setting up a student exchange programme, put aside her commitments to chat to the unsuspecting girls who had found out their exam results in the early hours of the morning.

She congratulated the girls, who huddled around the wide-screen television, asking them if they had all got the results they craved.

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All who attended the ceremony were delighted with their results including Rose Cope, of Herne Hill, who has just been accepted to study Education with Modern and Medieval French at Cambridge University.

The 18-year-old said: “I was really nervous before finding out my results but am absolutely chuffed to bits with what I’ve got.”

Miss Cope said she plans to celebrate her results, which include one A* and two As, by going to the pub with her dad this evening.

She added: “I really want to be the best teacher I can possibly be as I’ve been so inspired by the teachers here who have given us so much support. I went through a very stressful and challenging interview process at Cambridge and the teachers here were massively supportive during that time.”

Head teacher Ms Pullen said: “In perhaps the most challenging A Level exam year for more than a decade, our girls have worked hard to achieve these results and we are extremely proud of them. Their resilience and determination will stand them in good stead in approaching their futures – at university and then in the world of work.”

4:40pm

At Plumstead Manor excitement was high as a great set of A-level and level 3 BTEC results has meant many happy students being accepted for degree courses at Universities and Colleges across the country.

Students and many parents gathered early at the Frank Lerner Centre, the 6th Form base at Plumstead Manor, to collect their envelopes and find out their results. With a 95% pass rate at A level, 72% of grades at A*-C and 41% A*-B there was lots to celebrate.

Headteacher Sue Flanagan said: “We are celebrating our students’ success today and sharing their excitement in looking forwards to the next stage of their life.

"Our students have been accepted at top universities and colleges; some are going into apprenticeships, employment or are already working. They, their teachers and their families, have worked together to achieve this. I am extremely proud of them and wish them well in their future.”

Chair of Governors Sue Le Bas said: “It’s really nice to see everybody smiling as they open up their results. Congratulations to all our students and staff.”

4:39pm

Students at Woolwich Polytechnic School were today celebrating their A-level results — the best in the history of the school.  Overall, 53% of grades were awarded at A* - B, with a striking 33% of students achieving A*- A grades.

The overwhelming majority of students were thrilled to get into the universities of their choice, including 12% of those competing for the highly-competitive Russell Group university places (compared to last year’s national figure of just 9%).

Head of Sixth Form, Anne Bassi, paid tribute to the approach of the Class of 2014 saying, "Our students have worked hard to achieve, and in many cases exceed, their potential – the staff worked tirelessly to ensure that no stone was left unturned in achieving the best academic results possible."  

The school is reluctant to pick out individual performances when so many students achieved the top grades. Daniel Jusek, who is one of these top achievers, has secured a place at the University of Manchester. He achieved A* in both Biology, Chemistry and A in both Physics and Maths.

He said: “It is down to the dedicated staff here at the Poly that I will soon be packing my suitcase to go to the University of Manchester to study Petroleum Engineering. The teaching, their advice and the support that they have given me here has been second to none!” 

 

4:37pm

The dull and dreary weather could not dampen the spirits of the girls at Blackheath High School on Thursday 14th August as smiles beamed when the A level students eagerly opened their much anticipated results. 

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The girls have been celebrating superb academic success with the school seeing another increase in the percentage of girls achieving A*-B grades, with a most impressive 77% A*-B this year and almost half of the results achieved at A*/A.  

New headteacher Carol Chandler-Thompson said: ”These excellent results are testimony to the girls’ hard work and outstanding, personalised educational provision here at Blackheath High and I congratulate all the students and teaching staff."  

4:34pm

A-Level students at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College have excelled themselves this year. 

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120 students sat a total of 358 assessments of which 35% achieved ABB or above. Alongside the impressive overall performance some individuals achieved some truly outstanding results with 5 students having Oxbridge places confirmed and 1 student being accepted to read Neuroscience at Nottingham.

Over 22 other students have had Russell Group University places confirmed at Imperial, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds and Warwick. 28 students achieved at least one A* with six of those achieving at least two and one achieving the fantastic result of four A*.

All departments at the college have performed well but staff are particularly pleased with the outstanding results of students in Physics, Spanish and Maths with at least 70% of students in those subjects achieving a grade B or higher.

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4:30pm

Happy news from Bexleyheath Academy as for the eighth year in succession their A-level results have gone up.

Thirty-nine per cent of subject results came in at A* to A compared to 28 per cent last year, while the rate of A* to E grades was 99.5 per cent - up from 97 per cent in 2013.  

Principal Carl Wakefield said: "I am absolutely delighted with this set of results as together, the staff and students have worked incredibly hard and in doing so, surpassed even our own extremely high expectations. 

"This will now allow virtually every single student to pursue their first choice route in terms of the next stage of the education, training or employment and I fully expect to see record numbers move on to university in the autumn term.

"As well as congratulating this fine, decent and extremely pleasant group of young adults who have been a pleasure to work alongside, I would like to thank their parents and carers for their support throughout the years as well.

"Finally I would like to thank the sixth form team and associated teachers who have, on a daily basis, worked hard to ensure every student fulfilled their potential and achieved success this time round.

"It is another proud day for our academy".

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4:18pm

Orpington youngster Rohan Shiatis, just 14, has managed an A* in A Level maths.

Rohan, a chess champion, is also hoping for similar results in the two GCSEs he sat early. Read more about him here

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4:04pm

Well done to Bexley Grammar School year 13 pupils.

One-hundred-and-eighty-one students gained 683 A levels while 46 students took the IB Diploma.

When combined and expressed as A level equivalents, 227 students gained an average of 364 UCAS points each which provides an excellent success rate in gaining university places.

More than 13 per cent of grades were A* and 60 per cent were A*- B grades.

At A level, five students, Michael Hutson, Clarissa Ngo, Elizabeth Nicholson, Jason Oakes and Danny Chapple, gained 3A* grades, four of them with an additional A grade.

In the IB, 43 per cent of all the grades were at six or seven, which are the highest.

Stephen Elphick, head teacher at the school in Danson Lane, Welling, said: “Lucy Dickson gained an outstanding 43 points out of the maximum 45 points in the IB – a magnificent achievement which secured her a place at Cambridge.

“Linda Hien, Ugne Vaidotaite, Violeta Mitrova and Poppy Barran all scored over 40 points which, again, are tremendous achievements.

“Congratulations to all BGS students who should be proud of their achievement and excited at the prospects of the next chapter in their lives for which they are so well equipped because of their hard work.”

4:02pm

Statement from Dartford Grammar School for Girls:

"We are absolutely delighted with the outstanding A Level results achieved by our students.

"This year we are celebrating another fantastic set of results, with school records continuing to be broken. A superb 75% of all grades were achieved at A*-B with 45% of grades at A* and A, and nearly 20% of students obtaining at least 3 A*/A grades.

"For the seventh year running every subject obtained a 100% pass rate.

"Students and staff have worked very hard to achieve these truly excellent results and the students’ successes are thoroughly deserved."

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3:48pm

Statement from Townley Grammar School, Bexleyheath:

“We are extremely proud of all our upper sixth students whose results reflect the hard work and the commitment each one has invested into their studies over the last two years.

“The A-level results reflect a three year upward trend as 72 per cent of the cohort achieved A*-B with a record 37 per cent attaining A*-A.

“Our highest performing students are Victoria Butterworth with 3A*and 1A who will be studying Physics at Exeter University and Natasha Welch who was awarded 3A* and has decided to study English Literature at Leeds University.

“Michael Omigie deserves a special mention as he has successfully secured a place at Cambridge University to study Chemical Engineering.

“Our Lower Sixth students are to be congratulated too as 65 per cent of our students achieved A-B grades with 21 students achieving all A grades.

“These are our best ever results at AS and represents a 10 per cent improvement on performance over the last five years.”

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Chuffed Townley Grammar School AS students.

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Top achiever Victoria Butterworth.

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Michael Omigie is Cambridge-bound.

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3:43pm

Year 13 at Cleeve Park recorded 58% A*-C grades at A level an impressive 13% increase from 2013.

The top performing students who all achieved C or above in all their A levels were, Ian Crust, Declan Fanucci, Abigail May, Dean Rogers and Luke Stone. Three students also gained a difficult to achieve Distinction*, Jade Ford and Jack Sharkey in PE and Tom Monks in music.

Head Teacher Jenni Tyler-Maher said: "We are delighted so many of our young people have achieved or exceeded their target grades and are able to pursue their chosen paths whether it be university or the world of work. Our staff and parents are very proud of their well deserved success". 

Subjects which performed particularly well were Sociology achieving 100% A*-C, Business studies 86% A*-C and Maths 75% A*-C.   

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3:33pm

Provisional results for Lewisham teens show they have matched the national average pass rate of 98 per cent. 

There has also been an increase in the number of students moving on to top universities later this year.

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These include Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form student Amelia Williams who will be reading Classics and English at Oxford University after achieving 3As in English literature, maths and history. Fellow student Norudine Bouaka, 18, gained 4A*s in maths, biology, chemistry and physics and will be studying Chemical Engineering at Manchester University.

Sydenham School and Forest Hill School headteachers Carolyn Unsted and Steve Brady paid tribute to the achievements of students. Steve said: "I'm absolutely delighted for them. They've worked so hard and their efforts have paid off". 

Carolyn added: "As we watch students like Amelia and Norudine head off to successful futures and great careers we know they are taking with them a love of learning from Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form. We are proud of all of them."

There have been many other successes across the borough. At Christ the King College student Eleanor Coutts, gained 2A* and 1A and will be reading Physics at Durham University. Lopez Okiai, a student at Christ the King College: Aquinus, achieved 1A* and 2As and will be studying medicine at Brighton University. 

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Cabinet Member for Policy and Performance Councillor Joe Dromey joined students at Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form as they celebrated their results.  

He said: "There have been some really fantastic achievements which reflect the hard work of students and their teachers and I'd like to congratulate them all. I've met some outstanding young people including three Year 12 students - Joe Martin, Jared Mdisang and Sam Turner - who have already gained their A-level maths with A* and A grades. 

"I'm also very pleased that many students will be heading off to top universities. This is a great tribute to them and their teachers and I wish them every success in their future studies and careers."

3:10pm

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Left to right: top achievers Sian Bryant, Cherry Chow, Oyindamola Olagunju and Arandip Sahota.

Erith School sixth formers scored a 98.2 per cent A-level pass rate with 72 per cent of grades at A* to C.  

The proportion of grades at A* to B increased from 45 per cent last year to 50 per cent and  UCAS points per entry increased for the fourth year running with the figure now at 92.2.

Top achiever at A-Level was Arandip Sahota who gained A grades in Accountancy, Business Studies and Economics. 

Other students excelled on programmes consisting exclusively of vocational courses, including Sian Bryant who achieved a distinction in Business and a double distinction in Sport and Calvin Ofori who gained a double distinction in Applied Science and a distinction in Business.

Head teacher Brian Lloyd said: “I am extremely proud of all the sixth formers who have achieved such excellent results.

“The students and teachers, supported by parents, have all worked incredibly hard and they deserve this success.”

2:11pm

Students and staff at Corelli 6th Form College, the First London Co-operative Academy, are celebrating their continuing success today with a 100% pass rate at A-level and an increase in the A* - B rate by 11% and the A* - C rate by 5%. 

Notable successes have been achieved by: -

Jamie Bull (Physics A, Maths A*, Further Maths A*) to study Maths and Physics at Warwick University
Susana Bhandari (Physics B, Maths A, Chemistry) to study Civil Engineering at Nottingham University
Michael Onebunne (Double Distinction * for L3 Engineering) to study Air Transport Engineering at City University
Asia Begum (Triple Distinction * for Applied Science and a B in ICT) to study Biomedical Science at Queen Mary’s University
Nikita Morar (Triple Distinction* for Applied Science and a B in Photography) to study Pharmacy at Durham University

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2:07pm

Colfe’s school is celebrating after breaking all its previous records, with more than 50% of exams graded A* or A.  

A third of students achieved AAA or better and top honours were shared equally between boys and girls.

Mathematics, widely regarded as one of the most demanding courses, was the top performing subject. 

85% of pupils had secured their places at their first choice universities by 10am including Cambridge (Law) and Oxford (English).

Head teacher Richard Russell said “These A-level results are the best that the school has ever achieved by some margin. The frequency of top grades reflects particularly well on students and they and their teachers are to be congratulated without reservation.

"Colfe’s is known for turning out articulate, confident young adults: these results demonstrate that they are academically highly qualified as well.”

1:38pm

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Students at Meopham School have been celebrating their A-level results today. 

Assistant Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form Manj Nijjer said: “Seeing the joy on the students’ faces as they open their results makes all the effort over the last two years worthwhile. 

"Qualifications really open doors and it is so rewarding to be sending so many of them onto university.”

A number of students have achieved outstanding results. Macauley Cubbit achieved two Distinction* in Business Studies and ICT, a B grade in A-level Film and C grade in A-level English Literature. 

He said: “I am feeling happy and relieved that I can now take up my place to study Law at the University of Kent.”  

1:32pm

Eltham College students are celebrating an excellent set of A level results which have enabled the vast majority to obtain places at a Russell Group university.  87% of their results were graded A* to B, way above the national average.

Head Prefect Freddie Foster, who achieved three A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, said: “I am so pleased with my results and to get my place at Durham University to read Natural Sciences.  I am taking a Gap Year first to play cricket in Australia and will be able to go away now and have a great time.”

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Other students celebrating an amazing set of results and pictured above include Harry O’Donohue with four A* who is also taking a Gap year, Molly Atkinson with 2A* and an A who takes up her offer to read Psychology at Bath, and Will Epps with 3A* who will read PPE at Exeter.

Retiring head teacher Paul Henderson said: “We are very pleased with these results which are testimony to their hard work, commitment and dedication. They have received fantastic support from their families, friends and teachers and we are delighted that so many are now able to move on to their first choice university and course, many at Russell Group universities.”

1:30pm

At Beaverwood School for Girls in Chislehurst 98 per cent of students passed their exams and more than half achieved A-C.

Headteacher Karen Raven said the results are "absolutely fantastic" and added: "All our staff and students have worked incredibly hard and these results are richly deserved."

 

1:07pm

Sedgehill School’s sixth form celebrated its best results ever this year with 100 per cent of students passing their A-levels and 70 per cent achieving A*-B grades and   89% of students achieving A* to C grades.

A higher percentage of our students than ever have achieved the top grades at A-level gaining them places at some of the UK's most competitive universities.

Notable successes include Michael Powell-Davies (A*A*A) – going to read English Literature at Sheffield University with a summer scholarship in the USA,  Charles Nzomo (A*A*A B) who will be studying Maths at Kings College London, Anton Blades (A*A A) reading History at Exeter University, Crystal Riley (A* B B) who is going on to study  English at Queen Mary London, Damali Eastmond (B B C) reading History with American Studies at University Manchester  and Daniel Bridges-Matthews who achieved a Triple Distinction * in BTEC Sport who will be studying Sports Science at Portsmouth University

Head teacher Ken Mackenzie: "The sixth form team are really proud of the high standards our students have achieved and wish them every success for the next stage of their journey in life."

1:06pm

Leading the way at Bishop Justus School, Bromley, were Henry Davall (A*A*A), Bradley Pankhurst ( A*AA) and Joanna Ballaster (A*AA).  

Head teacher Simon Murphy said "A really pleasing set of results which represent real achievement for students across the board.  

"We are thrilled with the number of students who have secured first choice university places to study a wide range of subjects. 

 "I would like to congratulate all of our students on their achievements and wish them every success for the future."

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Left to right: Bradley Pankhurst, Iman Beoku-Betts, Joanna Ballaster, Henry Davall. Photo by Keith Larby

1:00pm

Well done Blackfen School for Girls, who produced their best ever set of results with a pass rate over 97 per cent, more than 63 per cent of grades at A*-C and 35 per cent at A*-B.  

More than 20 per cent of grades awarded were at A* or A.

Head teacher Matthew Brown said: “I am extremely proud of the achievements of our students. 

"They have worked very hard and shown a real commitment to their studies over the last two years.  

"The grades have enabled students to gain places at university or to gain places on high level non graduate training schemes and apprenticeships. 

"I wish them every success in the future."

Notable highfliers included:

Lauren Giles A*AAA 
Lizzie Ball A*AAB
Hannah Rutherford A*AAB
Heather Perfect A*A*B
Nicola Stone A*AB
Becky Walker AABB
Eleanor Peace ABB
Katie Fant A*BB

1:00pm

Final year sixth formers at Sydenham High GDST have been celebrating their exam success and confirmed university places, following the release of today’s A-level results.

Along with a hundred per cent pass rate, around three quarters of the Sydenham High students achieved A*/B grades with a third securing A*/A grades.  There were also celebrations for places on a wide range of courses at top universities including Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, Manchester and St Andrews. 

Amongst the highest scoring students were 18-year-olds Rosie Cope and Elizabeth Treece who both achieved A* AA in their subjects.  

Rosie will be heading to Cambridge to study French. Meanwhile, Elizabeth will be following her dream to be a professional dancer with a place on the theatre dance honours degree course at the London Studio Centre including a first year scholarship.

In addition to A-levels, two other high flying students, Olivia Muir and Agatha Dell, gained top grades in the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  

Head teacher Kathryn Pullen said: "In perhaps the most challenging A-level exam year for more than a decade, our girls have worked hard to achieve these results and we are extremely proud of them.  Their resilience and determination will stand them in good stead in approaching their futures – at university and then in the world of work."

12:56pm

Langley Park School for Girls has seen a pass rate of 98 per cent, with 43 per cent seeing grades A-B.

The school says it did particularly well in mathematics, where 37 per cent gained top marks A* or A.

In vocational courses meanwhile, 40 per cent of students go distinctions and merits. 

Headteacher Dr Anne Hudson commented: "I am very proud of the efforts of our students and staff.

"These results are a real achievement." 

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12:50pm

Charles Darwin School in Biggin Hill saw an overall pass rate of 98 per cent, of which 80 per cent were at grades A* to C and 26 per cent were A* and A.

The majority of students wishing to continue their studies have secured places at their first choice university.

There were some truly outstanding performances and special congratulations should go to Charlie Thynne (A*, A*, A, B) and Alice Wardle (A*, A, A).

12:49pm

Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy students are celebrating after a 100 per cent pass rate at A2.

Half of pupils achieved grades A-B in the second year, while year 12 saw 85 per cent get grades A-E.

The school says the AS results are a 19 per cent increase on last year. 

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Dartford Science and Technology College pupils have celebrated another year of successful results.

Star performers included Bobbie- Jo Bonello and Sivahamy Kangasuthan (pictured) who both achieved four A levels at grades A*, A, B,C.

Chloe Anderson achieved three A Levels at grades A,B,B and Jorna Chowdhery achieved grades A,B,C.

Alison Chapman, Director of Sixth Form said: "I am delighted with our students' performance. Both the students and staff have worked extremely hard.  

"I wish them all every success for the future."

 

12:27pm

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Gravesend Grammar School pupils celebrate their results.

12:21pm

Farringtons School, Chislehurst, saw 100% of students achieve a grade E or above.

Michal Lasek (below) achieved an outstanding four A*s in biology, chemistry, mathematics and Spanish and an A* in his extended project, securing his place at UCL to study neuroscience.  

Head girl, Ellie Lynch (also below), achieved two As and one A* and rounded this off with an A in her extended project and a place at Oxford, where she will be studying law. 

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Head teacher Catherine James said: "Two years of determination and hard work have yielded results that our students should be extremely proud of.

"One of the best parts of my job is seeing these students mature into young adults, and for them to leave with the sort of grades that we have seen this year is the icing on the cake.

"I am so proud of the students and, though I will be sad to see this group leave, I could not be happier to send them on their way to some of the country’s top universities."

12:07pm

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Jack Doyle, of Langley Park School, got 3 A*s and is off to Cambridge

12:06pm

12:05pm

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Left to right: Dan Keeley, Chantal-Alda Asante, Sophia Powell, Alana Dolan, Catherine Brogan, Meghan Williams, Luke Higgins of Langley Park School, Beckenham

11:46am

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School head teacher Nigel Walker is in a good mood:

"Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School is delighted with this year’s outstanding A2 results, equalling last year’s best ever achieved, with 70 per cent of grades being awarded at A* to B.  

"Twenty nine students achieved three or four A*/A grades.  Four students will be taking up places at Oxford or Cambridge this year.  

"The AS results are also excellent with 57 per cent of grades being awarded at A/B, an increase of 5 per cent from 2013.  

"These represent the best results ever achieved at AS level.  

"These excellent results reflect the very hard work of students and staff and I am delighted for all concerned."

11:13am

The University of Greenwich Clearing Hotlines  opened at 7am this morning and had taken 1,100 calls by 10am from school and college leavers with their results seeking a place on a degree course at its Medway, Avery hill and Greenwich campuses.

That's 10 per cent up for the same three hours last year, and the busiest ever.

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10:50am

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Mayfield Grammar pupils Isabelle Sims, Lydia Bailey, Kirandeep Dosanjh, Amy Hillier and Kathryn Dickins celebrate achieving all A* - B grades.

10:48am

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High-flyers Maria Gemmell, Grace Baker, Simran Bahia, Jodie Yates and  Alice Coates celebrate top results at Mayfield Grammar School in Gravesend 

10:46am

Gravesend Grammar School pupils are celebrating with 24 students who achieved three or more A*/A grades. 

36 per cent of all the results achieved were A*/A grades and 62% A* to B grades.

Sarah Tremain, head of sixth form said: "We are incredibly proud of the success achieved by all our A Level students.

"These impressive results are all the more pleasing in a year where the top grades are becoming harder to achieve.

"Well done to all our students and we wish them all the very for their futures."

10:41am

Langley Park School for Boys, in Beckenham, has enjoyed great success with its A-level results with an overall pass rate of 99%. 58% of students achieved A* to B grades and over 25% of students achieved A or A* grades.

Head teacher Steve Parsons said "I am very pleased that we have had another very good set of results at A level, and it is a testament to the hard work put in by both staff and students over the course of the last year.

"I am pleased that so many of our students have now secured places at their first choice universities and I wish them the very best for the future."

Stand outs include Jack Doyle, who achieved 3 A*s and is off to Cambridge, and Jake Smales, who achieved 3 As and is going to Oxford.

10:35am

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Alex Ostick (left) and Laura Harte, also of Bromley High, share the big moment

10:33am

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Bromley High's Kiea Holland (left) and Rose Howell with their results

10:31am

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Left to right: Bromley High girls Georgina Weaver, Hannah Marsden,  Olwen Mair, Chloe McCallum,  Alex Chrysostomou, Caroline Farmery

10:28am

Bromley High's Upper Sixth have much to celebrate today: 20% of grades were A* and well over half were A* or A. 

Meanwhile the year group achieved almost four fifths A* to B.

French, Japanese and German all achieved 100% A* and A, as did drama, ICT, further mathematics and physics. 

Head teacher Louise Simpson said: "We are delighted our A* grades are up on last year, and our girls have secured so many excellent offers at highly competitive universities. 

"Well done to them all and to the teachers and parents who have supported them in their endeavours."

10:14am

Students at Newstead Wood School in Orpington have achieved 19% A* grades, 46% A* or A grades, 77% A*, A or B grades and 94% A* to C grades.

60% of students gained A*, A or B in every subject while 28% of students gained A* or A grades in all of their subjects.

Head teacher Alison Ross said: "Advanced Level achievement is a challenge and demands ability and constant hard work from students over two years.

"I am delighted with our students' outstanding results that prove their skills and commitment. All of them can celebrate."

10:07am

This Is Local London:

The calm before the storm: students await their results at Bishop Justus School in Bromley.

9:44am

A record number of students from The Leigh Academy, Longfield Academy and Wilmington Academy have secured places at top universities with one-third of youngsters achieving A* - A Grades.

Simon Beamish, Chief Executive, said: “Enormous credit should go to students, staff and parents for their tremendous dedication to ensuring the best academic outcomes. We are delighted that these results enable our young people to move on to valuable future pathways at university, in employment or further training.”

Top marks were achieved by: Sophie Winder, The Leigh Academy (A*,A,B); Roland Dosa, Longfield Academy (A*,A,B); Katie Firmin, Wilmington Academy (A,B,C); Ruhit Chowdury, Wilmington Academy (A,B,C).

9:37am

Pupils at Mayfield Grammar School in Gravesend are celebrating as 76.1 per cent of pupils receive all A* - C results, 46.8 per cent  A* - B and 17.2 per cent  A* - A.

Headteacher, Elaine Wilson said: “These excellent results are testament to the hard work and commitment of all our students.”

9:34am

This Is Local London:

More A-levels were handed the very highest grade this summer, but the overall pass rate fell for the first time in more than 30 years, official figures show.

In total, just over one in four (26%) of exams were awarded an A* or A grade, down 0.3 percentage points on last summer.

But the proportion of A* grades handed out rose to 8.2%, up 0.6 percentage points on 2013.

And the overall A*-E pass rate fell by 0.1% to 98% - the first time it has fallen in 32 years.

Boys have outdone girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5% of boys' entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9% of the girls.

9:27am

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9:26am

Of course we want you to get involved as much as possible. So please send us your A-level stories and pictures. You can send them through our website, by email, on Twitter @NewsShopper, on Facebook and by text to 80360 starting your message with NEWS SHOPPER.

If you're collecting your A-level results we'd love to see selfies of you and your mates celebrating your much-deserved success!

9:23am

Good morning. It's A-level results day today, meaning students across the country are discovering how they've fared in their exams.

This live blog will bring you all the news and pictures from school and colleges across our area in south-east London and north Kent.

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10:05am Thu 14 Aug 14

concerned.erith says...

Good luck to everyone - I hope you all get the results you need.
Good luck to everyone - I hope you all get the results you need. concerned.erith
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1:33pm Thu 14 Aug 14

HelpDesk says...

Congrats pupils. Wishing a bright future to all. (Techvedic)
Congrats pupils. Wishing a bright future to all. (Techvedic) HelpDesk
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9:29am Fri 15 Aug 14

bnorther says...

Much like the Daily Mail - it appears that nearly exclusively pretty girls get A-Levels.

Very few else
Much like the Daily Mail - it appears that nearly exclusively pretty girls get A-Levels. Very few else bnorther
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