Published: 00:00, 14 August 2014
| Updated: 10:43, 14 August 2014
Students in Deal, Dover and Sandwich have been celebrating their success as they received their A-level results this morning.
There were highs and lows for many students who will now take their results and decide what this means for the future.
Many were checking UCAS to see if they had got into their first choice of university, whilst others were already secured on apprenticeships with local businesses.
The headmaster at Dover College, Gerry Holden, said they have seen a 100% pass rate with 46% of the grades being A* to B.
Mr Holden added: “These are a very strong set of results from a collegial year group, who worked and played hard together. Moreover at a time when there is a decline in the pass rate at A level this year, Dover College is bucking national trends."
Sandwich Technology School students were also pleased with their results.
Sophie Chandler, 18, from Tilmanstone, received three C grades in History, Sociology and English. She will be going to Surrey University to study Mental Health Nursing.
"I was panicking this morning," She said. "I was really nervous but I'm really pleased now I've got my results."
Despite a challenging year for pupils at Castle Community College in Deal, students have beaten the odds.
Sophie Robbins was over the moon with her results, coming away with an A* in Sociology, an A in Religious Studies and a B in English, securing her place to read Sociology at the University of Sussex, next month.
Aspiring actor, Seabourne Smith received two distinctions in performing arts, confirming his place to study Drama and Theatre at the University of Kent.
Lenny Hoffmann is the only pupil from the school making his way to Plymouth University. He will study International Business.
He said: “I can’t wait.”
At Dover Christ Church Academy, Ella Humphreys attained an A* in Sociology, an A in both Health and Social Care and The Extended Project and a B in History. She will now begin a degree in Criminology at The University of Brighton.
Prabesh Rai was the top scorer for the boys achieving a point score of 840 across three A level and equivalent qualifications. Prabesh gained a Distinction* in Music, a double distinction in Sports Education and additionally a pass in AS Mathematics, securing his spot onto a Sports Education undergraduate course at the University of Leicester.
Principal of Dover Christ Church Academy Sam Williamson said: “Academy staff and students have been delighted with the very significant improvement in sixth form results this year.
“We would like to congratulate all of our staff and students on their achievement and dedication and it is great to see the continuing rapid improvements in standards across the Academy.”
More than 55% of all A level exams were awarded with one of the top grades at the Dover Grammar School for Girls.
The Frith Road school ‘bucked’ the national trend – as the 55% included grades from A* - B which is an increase of 6% from its previous year’s results.
All students gained three or more A level passes.
Head teacher, Matthew Bartlett said: “Our students continue to challenge themselves to gain places on some of most difficult university courses.
“Our students continue to challenge themselves to gain places on some of most difficult university courses.' Matthew Bartlett, head teacher for DGSG
“This has been an exceptional year for Dover Grammar School for Girls.
"I am delighted for every single one of our students who should be intensely proud of themselves.
“Hard work, the support of dedicated staff and a commitment to continue to develop make this a special place.”
Astor College for the Arts, in Astor Avenue were “extremely pleased” to increase its pass rate from 88% to 100% at last week’s A level results day.
The number of students achieving two A levels is also said to have improved - with nearly all students securing their place at a chosen university.
Principal, Ed Pallant said: “These fantastic achievements are as a result of the hard work of students, the invaluable support of parents and the dedication of our teaching staff”.
An array of fantastic results were achieved from pupils at St Edmund’s Catholic School in Barton Road, Dover.
One student who particularly shone, was Niall Delucia, who got three As in History, English Literature and Politics and one A* Philosophy and Ethics and has been accepted to go to Cambridge University to study Law.
When opening his results, the 18-year-old was shaking with happiness. He said: “I was really just hoping I would get into my university of choice.
“I am really happy, I did try my best.”
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