A-Level results for south-east London and north Kent students - live blog replay
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- Students received A-Level results today
- Browse back through coverage of results day for Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Dartford and Gravesham
- 26.6% of the exams have been given an A or A*
And that's the end of our A-Level results day coverage.
Congratulations to all the successful students and chin up to any whose results have not been quite what they were hoping for.
Thanks to the schools who sent in their results information - and good job to all the teachers who have helped their students achieve another great year of grades.
A hundred per cent of pupils at Bishop Challoner School passed their exams.
Student Matthew Smallwood-Conway achieved 3 As.
Among the high achiever was Matthew Smallwood-Conway who achieved three As.
A trio of Sydenham High School A-Level students
Sydenham High School had a great set of results this year, with 72 per cent of students gaining A* to B grades.
A* to A grades accounted for 48 per cent of the total results.
Headteacher Kathryn Pullen said: "We are delighted with the girls’ academic success, they really deserve these results alongside all their other achievements in and around the school.
"They represent the best of Sydenham High; well-educated, well-rounded students who have the mindset to make a success of the individual paths they are choosing to follow."
Business Academy Bexley students Albert Townley, Matthew Knight, Gbolahan Gbadamosi and Joseph Perkins
Students at The Business Academy Bexley are celebrating after achieving excellent A-Level and BTEC results.
Pupils managed 93 per cent A* to E grades with 66 per cent of results at grades A*to C.
Julie To is off to Bournemouth University to study economics having achieved Bs in her economics, media and communications and culture A-Levels.
Julie said: "My experience of seven years at BAB has been amazing and I could never imagine going to a different school."
Martin Smith is off to Portsmouth University to study television and broadcasting having achieved a double distinction in his media diploma as well as a distinction and a merit in his double BTEC sport diploma.
Headteacher Guy Nichols said: "I am so proud of our students who fully deserve these excellent results.
"It is wonderful they have the maturity to recognise the amazing support they have received from our staff and have such desire, determination and the confidence to take on their next challenge."
Early reports show Lewisham achieved a borough-average pass rate of 98.2 per cent, ahead of the national average of 98 per cent.
There are many successes across the borough, with schools and colleges reporting record results and higher numbers of students getting into one of the 24 leading universities in the country – known as the Russell Group.
Between the Prendergast and Haberdashers’ Aske’s federations, 10 students will be heading to an Oxbridge college in October.
Sydenham School also achieved a 100 per cent pass rate and many students will be going to a top university.
Prendergast Hillyfields College students
Prendergast Hillyfields College in Lewisham made a clean sweep with a 100 per cent pass rate.
Lawrence Okoti-Odidu, 18, gained three A*s, which includes a perfect score of 100 per cent in mathematics. Lawrence has secured a place at Oxford University where he will be studying physics and philosophy.
He said: “I am incredibly proud. The teachers were very encouraging because they believe in you and want the best for you. I don’t know yet how I am going to celebrate my results but I know I will be doing something.”
Faith Brackstone, Trinity headteacher Ian Collins and Sophie O’Reilly
Alex Leigh and Nick Craig from Trinity sixth form in Bexley
Trinity sixth form students in Belvedere have smashed the school's previous record for A-Level results.
More than two-thirds of pupils achieved A* to C grades, with a 100 per cent pass rate in all 19 A-Level courses and the industry-standard ICT Oracle course.
The average point score has increased by almost 20 per cent over four years and the number of A* to C grades has risen by 28 per cent over the same period.
Headteacher Ian Collins said: "The results are, yet again, a testament to the working relationship between students and staff, and the lengths that all go to ensuring that every student achieves their very best.
"As Trinity’s new £3m sixth form centre starts to take shape, we expect this new learning environment to further enhance the school’s future results."
A-Level students from St Dunstan’s College
Year 13 students at St Dunstan’s College are celebrating another excellent set of A-Level results with most progressing to study at their first choice university.
The pass rate was 100 per cent with 44.6 per cent of exams awarded an A* or A grade, 77.7 per cent of exams graded A* – B and 98.6 per cent of exams awarded A*-C grades.
Six students were awarded A*/A grades in all their A Level examinations and a further 18 students scored all A*-B grades.
A very happy Sameer Malik with his A-Level results at Bromley College
Nick Berrie, Bromley College’s director of sixth form and adult studies, said: “I’m very proud of our students and staff and their tremendous successes. Bromley College encourages all students to exceed their personal targets, and the value of this has been demonstrated today.”
Sameer Malik, 19, received an A in business, A in economics and B in ICT and he is delighted with his results. He said: “Bromley is a very good college with very good teachers. They’ve given me lots of help. I was stressed about exams and they really helped me to prepare and to do the best I could. It’s been a long journey but it’s paid off and I’m now going on to study economics at the University of Southampton.”
Bullers Wood students Emily Badcock, William Hardy, Elizabeth Roe, Stephanie Back, Laura Evason-Browning, Ellen Bulford-Welch and Simon Free
Bullers Wood in Chislehurst saw a 99.5 per cent pass rate in A-Level exams with 84 per cent A*-C grade.
Both Ellen Bulford-Welch and Stephanie Back have been offered secure places at Oxford University. Ellen will be studying English and Stephanie will study Spanish.
The school is particularly pleased with the strong number of A* grades achieved and the great amount of students going on to university in September.
Erith School students Hannah Russell, Joseph Honeywood, Danielle Leigh, Will Heather and Ellis Criddle
Erith School achieved a 98 per cent A-Level pass rate with 67 per cent of grades at A* to C - an increase of nine per cent on last year.
A* to B grades also increased from 35 per cent to to 43 per cent.
Top achievers include Toria Gray who gained A grades in biology, chemistry, maths and psychology, while Hannah Russell gained an A* in media studies, an A in film studies and a B in English literature.
Rajan Rai and Sam Worden both achieved A grades for maths and B grades for accounts and economics.
Principal Julie Turner said: "I am very proud of all the sixth formers who have achieved such good results.
"The students and teachers, supported by parents, have all worked so hard, they deserve this success."
Hayes School pupils celebrated their best A-Level results ever on Thursday.
Every sixth-former sitting an exam passed in a year where national results declined slightly.
"I am extremely proud of the students, staff and parents who have worked so hard for these results and deserve this success," said headteacher Kieran Osborne.
Townley Grammar School students Amy McFarland and Scott Robinson
Emily Pycroft of Townley Grammar School
Rhianne Patel of Townley Grammar School
Students at Townley Grammar School are celebrating their A-level results after 92.15 per cent achieved A* to C grades.
Of the 222 pupils in Year 13, 73 per cent gained A* to B grades and 37.2 per cent achieved A* to A grades.
Individual successes included Emily Pycroft with three A*’s in biology, chemistry and mathematics, who secured a place at Cambridge University to study natural sciences.
Jasmin Purewal achieved three A*’s and will study philosophy at Durham University while Lucy Fawcett gained three A’s and an A* and will study law at Nottingham University.
Headteacher Desmond Deehan said: "Our students and staff have worked extremely hard to secure such outstanding results.
"We have achieved a significant increase in our A* and A results which will enable our students to secure the prestigious universities they have aspired to."
And some more of those celebrating Longfield Academy achievers ...
Here are some Longfield Academy students celebrating their A-level results ...
The best ever results were achieved by students at Longfield Academy in Dartford.
Of all the grades, 70 per cent were A* - C, with 14 per cent being at either A* or A.
Particular mention must be given to Babtunde Ogunrinola, who achieved three A grades.
Academy principal Simon Beamish said: “We’re delighted with the achievement of our students. For the third year in a row our results have improved significantly. This is a great tribute to the efforts of all students and staff and the support of their parents.
“We wish our students all the best for the future as they move on to university or in to employment.”
More than 25 per cent of students' grades at Saint George’s Church of England School in Gravesend were A* or A, resulting in the school’s best ever results.
Headteacher Anne Southgate gave a particular mention to Sam Wiseman, who achieved three A* grades and earnt himself a place at the University of Cambridge to study engineering.
The success continued at Dartford Grammar School for Girls, where the best set of results ever was achieved by pupils.
72 per cent of grades were scored at A* to B, while 82 per cent achieved at least three A* to C grades.
For the fifth consecutive year, every subject achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.
Individual successes included Heather Wallis, Natalie Behague and Florence Salter who each achieved three A* grades.
Headteacher Sharon Pritchard said: “Students and staff have worked very hard to achieve these truly excellent results and the students’ successes are thoroughly deserved.”
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys students
Wilmington Grammar School for Boys pupils in Dartford achieved the best results in the school’s 30-year history.
The school’s star performer was Cameron Meers, who achieved three A* grades – in maths, further maths and physics – and will now study maths at Imperial College in London.
Anna Afolabi earnt an A* grade and two A’s and will now study law at University College London.
Headteacher Andy Williamson said: “I’m really pleased for the year group as a whole as they have worked really hard whilst also contributing so much to the life of the school outside of the classroom.
“As well as their academic results they have developed into fantastic young men and women and I wish them all the best for the future.”
At Plumstead Manor there was a 100 per cent pass rate at A-level, 82 per cent A*-C and 47 per cent of grades at A*-B, a 10 per cent increase on last year.
A* grades increased as well with nine A*across maths, business, English and sociology. English and Maths A-levels were better than national with 56 per cent of grades at A*-B and 100 per cent A*-C in English, while in maths 74 per cent of grades were at A*-B, 95 per cent at A*-C. There were great results too across the board, with many subjects higher than the national A*-C.
At BTEC level 3 the performing arts including music were fantastic – 65% Distinction+ and 95 per cent Merit+.
Headteacher Sue Flanagan said: "It is so great to see our students celebrating their success and knowing that they are ready to embark on the next stage of their life. Many students have been accepted at top universities and colleges, some are ready to go into employment or already working. They and their teachers have worked together to achieve this and we all wish them well in their future.”
Bromley High School students Radhika Gupta and Erin O’Loughlane
Bromley High School students Sarah Phillips and Amy Yule
And here it is ...
Many congratulations to all the Bromley High School girls for their great results.
Heads up - our first obligatory group shot of pretty girls jumping for joy after getting their A-level results is coming your way ...
AN impressive 42 per cent Bromley High School girls scored only A and A* grades.
Twenty-one per cent of all grades were A*s.
Headteacher Louise Simpson said: “We could not be happier with the girls’ outstanding achievements.”
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School is delighted with its A level results.
A* to B grades were awarded to 61 per cent of students while 17 students achieved three or four A* and A grades.
The AS results are also in - with 55 per cent of grades being awarded at A and B, an increase of 12 per cent over last year.
Headteacher Nigel Walker said: "These excellent results reflect the very hard work of students and staff and I am delighted for all concerned."
Sizen Basnet of Blackheath Bluecoat Church of England School
Jacob Ujanga of Blackheath Bluecoat Church of England School
Sixth Form students at Blackheath Bluecoat Church of England School celebrated their A-level results.
Although the vast majority of students took a combination of Level 3 BTEC courses and A-level courses, 42 per cent of students achieved A*-C grades at A-level.
Headteacher Barnaby Ash said: “We are delighted that our students’ hard work has paid off. One of our main aims is to help our sixth form students enrol onto the courses of their choice at the university of their choice and, it is very pleasing that for the overwhelming majority of our students, this is the case.”
Charles Darwin School in Biggin Hill celebrated an overall pass rate of 99 per cent, a record breaking figure, of which 80 per cent were at grades A*to C.
Headteacher Sunil Chotai, who joined in September last year, said: “We are delighted with the performance of an overwhelming majority of our students, and my congratulations to all of them.”
One hundred tutors, students and expert advisors are busy answering the phones at the University of Greenwich clearing hotline.
They are taking applications and answering queries from students hoping to start degree courses this autumn.
Beverley Woodhams, head of recruitment, said: “Calls started to come in earlier than usual and we are seeing high call numbers – 2,300 by 12noon. Academics report that they are impressed by the very good quality of the applications which are being made."
Although some courses, for example drama and history, have now filled all their places, the university expects to make offers to well-qualified applicants in a number of other subjects including chemistry, computing, architecture and some health options.
As you can see, we've been getting A-level results in from quite a few of our local schools. Students across the area have been doing extremely well.
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Eighty-eight per cent of pupils at Newstead Wood in Orpington achieved A* to C grades.
Fifty-eight per cent of all grades were A* or A and 100 per cent of all students passed their exams.
Students at Thomas Tallis in Blackheath have scored a 99 per cent pass rate at A-level.
There were 23 A* grades for A2 qualifications with 32 per cent of pupils gaining A* or A.
There was also 83 per cent of the students who achieved A*-C results.
Of particular note was Ellen Gibson who bagged three A* grades and an A to take up her place at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University.
Tennesse Williams will also be jumping like a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof having gained two A*s and an A.
The mixed comprehensive’s BTEC Level 3 results continue to be outstanding with two thirds of students entered for the double BTEC obtaining double Distinctions or better and there was a 100 per cent pass rate on all vocational courses.
Executive headteacher Byron Parker said: “Results at the top end were again stunning, but all our students did extraordinarily well, with 25 A-Level subjects having a 100 per cent pass rate.
“This is up on last year and taken overall these results are excellent, giving our students the platform they need for success in the world of higher education or the world of work.
“They demonstrate, once again, that Tallis supports the achievement of all its students regardless of ability and is committed to making year-on-year improvements in standards.
“Our students and staff have done a superb job working together to obtain great results in one of the tightest years for university entrance on record.”
A 100 per cent of pupils at Eltham College gained A* to C grades.
Two thirds of the grades achieved were A or A*.
Haroon Chugtai, of Woolacombe Road, Ambrose Cooke, from Catford, and Thayne Forbes, from Mottingham, all secured 4 A* grades.
Headmaster Paul Henderson said: “I am delighted with this set of excellent A-level results. The students have all worked and played hard while at Eltham College, and I am particularly pleased that so many - 94 per cent - have secured places on university courses of their choice.”
At Bexley Grammar School all of its 217 students taking A Level and IB examinations achieved A* to E grades.
Most students took four A Level courses with 85.9 per cent receiving A* to C grades.
Jonathan Taylor and Fern Woodhouse have both secured places at Oxford University - Jonathan is to read English at St Hugh’s and Fern will read chemistry at St Catherine’s.
Headteacher John Welsh said: "I am delighted that the hard work of these students has been rewarded by good grades and places at university which will put them into strong positions to positively influence the world.
"Apart from working hard, this cohort of students led our school community with compassion and commitment; they were a very positive influence on the school and I thank them for this, and wish them well in all that they aspire to."
The 100 per cent pass rate included 17.7 per cent of grades at A*, 20.8 per cent at A, 25.5 per cent at B, 21.9 per cent at C, 10 per cent at D and 4 per cent at E.
Our clearing phone lines are very busy but if you stay in the queue we will answer. We're open until 8pm tonight so there's still time :)— @UniofGreenwich 16 August 2012
Mayfield Grammar School students Jasbir Binning and Ravneet Khabra
Students at Mayfield Grammar School – formerly Gravesend Grammar Scool for Girls - excelled again this year, achieving 57.95 per cent A* to B grades at A2 level.
Breaking the figures down, 82.35 per cent of pupils were awarded A* to C grades while 26.47 per cent achieved the top A* and A grades.
Exceptional students include Ravneet Khabra, who was awarded A* grades in biology, chemistry, English literature and sociology, and Jasbir Binning, who achieved three grades at A* or A level.
Beths Grammar School students James Sutton, Conrad Moniz, James Vallins, Rory Mintram and Jonathan Bones
Students at Beths Grammar School in Bexley attained a 100 per cent A-Level pass rate.
Fifty-seven per cent of pupils at the school achieved top grades of A* to B.
James Vallins and Conrad Moniz both achieved three A* grades in physics, mathematics and further mathematics - with James also achieving an A grade in geography and Conrad an A grade in chemistry.
Fellow student James Sutton also achieved three A* grades in mathematics, further mathematics and English literature along with an A grade in physics.
In addition both Conrad Moniz and James Sutton achieved distinctions in the mathematics advanced extension award.
At Langley Park School for Boys all of its 279 A Level students achieved at least one A* to E grade with 87 per cent achieving at least three A* to E. And 93.3 per cent of them achieved at least one A* to C.
Poor students when they break pass records the exams have got easier when they don't do as well they're getting thicker. Students can't win!— @AlanCarr 16 August 2012
Congrats to St Olave's Grammar School students Thomas Watson A* A* A* A* (Cambridge, medicine), Lydia Leather A* A A (Nottingham, law), Duncan Bell A* A* A* A* SSS (Cambridge, mathematics), Jonathan Morris A* A* A (Sheffield, mechanical engineering)
St Olave's headmaster Aydın Önaç: "The results represent a well-deserved outcome from the hard work of staff and students. They are particularly rewarding when set against a backdrop of some of the most stringent education funding cuts the school has ever witnessed."
St Olave's Grammar School in Orpington is celebrating its best ever A-level results.
• 177 students
• 100% pass
• 99.1% of grades at A*-C
• 96% of grades at A* - B
• 34% of grades at A*.
A-LEVEL students. Don’t stress about your results today. Prince Harry got B in Art and D in Geography. It hasn’t held him back. @Saggydaddy— @TwopTwips 16 August 2012
Feel giddy with happiness over joyous exam results which mean a certain someone will be studying medicine at Cambridge. Wow!— @GingerBisquite 16 August 2012
A-level results reveal a continuing fall in the numbers of pupils taking modern languages. French, Spanish and German in decline. Should more be done to encourage pupils to take languages?
I got an A in Spanish! Overall I have A* photography(A2), A spanish(A2) and A maths(AS) :) thanks 2 @PlymouthColleg1 :D http://t.co/d8L9LSgk— @TomDaley1994 16 August 2012
The best thing A-levels did for me was being able to spell DUDE with my results. #Alevels— @markiddon 16 August 2012
Are you someone who did poorly at school and didn't get any A-levels but has gone on to make a success of your life? Do you think good A-levels followed by a degree is the best route to go? Add your comments below or email your views
Winston Churchill failed at school but went on to become the Prime Minister. Don't let your grades define you! #ALevels #exams #results— @WomaninLondon 15 August 2012
Langley Park School for Girls headteacher Dr Anne Hudson said: "We were delighted in 2011 at the best pass rate for 10 years and now thrilled to have done even better in 2012.
"Last year 85 per cent gained places at first or second choice universities and the school is anticipating a similar success rate in 2012.”
The number of students already accepted on to university courses has dropped by almost 7%, official figures have shown.
As of midnight, a total of 357,915 applicants had had their places confirmed, down from 384,649 at the same point in 2011 - a fall of 6.95%.
The UCAS site explains clearing and everything else you need to know after receiving your A-level results.
The proportion of A-levels scoring at least an A grade has fallen for the first time in more than 20 years, official figures have showed.
In total, 26.6% of the exams were given an A or A*, down from 27% in 2011 - a record drop of 0.4%.
Boys have overtaken girls at top grade in A-levels (A*) for the first time in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Just found out you've screwed up your A-levels? retake them! I did, as did about half my friends at University. Chin up, slow learner!— @arobertwebb 16 August 2012
When UCAS confirmed my success I ran outside took a cab to lewisham frontline done 10 press ups and ran back to yard.....— @KennyAllstar 16 August 2012
News in from Langley Park School for Girls in Beckenham, which has improved on its A level results yet again.
More than half of the 468 entries at the school attained A* to B grades and one in every four was A* or A.
Nearly 80 per cent attained A* to C passes and the overall pass rate was 99 per cent.
The school is particularly pleased with its results in Biology and Law with one third of entries in both subjects at A and A* grades.
Of the 156 students in this cohort, 13 achieved 3 grades A/A*.
High achieving students included Rianne Martin, who gained three A* and one A grades and Emily Lawes , who gained two A* and two A grades.
Last year 85 per cent gained places at first or second choice universities and we are anticipating a similar success rate in 2012.
Rosanna Killick and Jessica Picard will be going on to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Results day, if this goes badly bromley college are getting a very awkward phone call....— @jimmy_wilkins 16 August 2012
Also want this to be a discussion about A-levels themselves and what they stand for. Do you think A-levels have got easier or harder? Are they still a worthwhile qualification? With fees and the financial burden becoming so high, is university still an attractive option? Add your comments below.
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