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Published: 13:00, 14 August 2014 |
Updated: 07:07, 06 January 2015
Teenagers' futures are being decided today... as they opened the crucial envelope that reveals their A-level results.
Thousands of students across the county nervously headed to schools to find out if their grades were better or worse than expected.
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Top A-level students at Hartsdown Academy in Margate included Yasmine Si Mohammed, 18, who gained three A grades; Dmytro Lysak, 18, who gained three A levels including an A pass in engineering and he intends to study, Tyler Davis, who gained a B and D pass A level equivalent in his Thanet Football Academy course.
Harry Arnold also celebrated three A-levels in engineering, finance and IT; Rebecca Scargill and Hannah Messenger who both achieved two A-levels including an A in travel and tourism each; and Emma-Jayne Chadwick, who was one of Margate's torch-bearers in the 2012 Olympics, who passed four A-levels and who is now taking an apprenticeship to become a child minder.
Vice principal Amanda Lee said: "Our students have shown that hard work coupled with terrific support from their teachers and families pays and they can now move on to the next step of their education with confidence."
Najib Khan, who fled a warzone in Afghanistan with his family, was one of the top performers at Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey.
The 18-year-old managed to get three distinctions in his science BTEC courses.
He also achieved a D in his English literature A-level despite not speaking a word of the language when he came to this country four years ago.
The only secondary school on the Isle of Sheppey is celebrating a big improvement in A-level results.
Pupils at Oasis Academy achieved a pass rate of 98%, which is an improvement on 82% last year.
At AS level, the number of pupils securing five A to E grades has risen by 24%.
A-level students celebrate at Oasis Academy on Sheppey. Video: Lewis Dyson
Reporter Bess Browning's earlier picture of male Faversham A-level students jumping for joy - in an apparent parody of the traditional shot of girls celebrating - is proving popular among readers. Can you do better?
The University of Greenwich - which has a campus in Medway - has told us clearing hotlines opened at 7am today.
By 10am, staff had taken 1,100 calls from school and college leavers with their results seeking a place on a degree course.
This is 10% up on the same three hours last year and the busiest ever.
And here's some video of the moment students at Oakwood Park Grammar School, in Maidstone, picked up their results today - and then celebrated with friends.
Oakwood Park Grammar School. Video: James Walker
Tears of joy were flowing at Highworth Grammar School in Ashford, where friends Hannah Royal, Gemma Albin, Willow Fox, Laine Caruzca and Beth Munns were celebrating their results.
Willow, who got A* in biology, chemistry and maths, is off to study medicine at Oxford.
She said: "I was hoping to get three As but this is such a shock. My mum was crying. Within five minutes she had told everyone, even her gym trainer!"
Pupils and staff at Aylesford School - Sports College, in Teapot Lane, are celebrating excellent results with 100% of all exam entries graded at A* to C.
Overall, 36% were marked at the top score. Sally Doran, head of sixth form, said she is delighted.
She said: "These results are a reflection of the hard work of staff and students and are richly deserved.
"We are very proud of what has been achieved and the range of courses at universities across the country that students from Aylesford School – Sports College will be starting next month."
We've just pulled together video sent to us from reporter Claire McWethy at St Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone. Can you spot yourself?
Students open their A-level results at St Simon Stock in Maidstone. Video: Claire McWethy
Pupils are jumping for joy after collecting their results from Queen Elizabeth's Grammar in Faversham.
At Dartford Grammar School for Girls, 75% of grades were at A* to B - with 45% at A* and A.
And for the seventh year running, every subject secured a 100% pass rate.
Reporter James Walker has taken this video of students opening their results at Maidstone Grammar School this morning. There are lots of happy faces...
A-levels results being collected at Maidstone Grammar School. Video: James Walker
Amy got an A* in maths as well as As in further maths and french. She is going to Exeter to study maths and French.
Phil got an A* in maths, an A in chemistry and B in pyschology. He is going to Bristol to study chemistry.
Amy said: "I was really nervous because these results are the first ones we've had that really do determine what you do next, but the stress was taken away by the sixth form which was with us every step of the way."
The Maidstone school had 66% of entries at grade C and above.
More than 600 students from across three secondary schools in Leigh Academies Trust received AS/A Level results this year.
The Leigh Academy, Longfield Academy and Wilmington Academy produced between them one-third of all A Level grades at A*-A, with a pass rate of nearly 100%. Record numbers of students have also secured places at top universities.
Chief executive Simon Beamish said: "The power of academies working together in a close family is demonstrated by these excellent results. Enormous credit should go to students, staff and parents for their tremendous dedication to ensuring the best academic outcomes."
A university is advising students getting their A-level results to choose a degree related to industries hunting for skilled workers.
The University of Greenwich in Medway has revealed those areas where demand for workers is growing. Click here to read more.
Our reporters and photographers are on their way to schools across the county to cover the big day.
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Harry Butcher and Sebastian Hunter both got 4 A*s at Maidstone Grammar School.
Harry got 300/300 in physics and other top grades in maths, further maths and history. He's going to study engineering at Cambridge.
Sebastian got A*s in physics, maths, further maths and chemistry. He will study chemical engineering at Cambridge.
Sebastian said: "I was really nervous last night but found out at 7.30 this morning how well I got the grades, which was a relief. Now I'm going to take it easy."
There is likely to be a record number of people being accepted into universities after today's A-level results.
An extra 30,000 places are on offer because the government's lifted a cap on places.
Congratulations to Matt Harrison, who's won a place at Pembroke College in Cambridge.
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I got into Pembroke College, Cambridge to study Natural Sciences (Physical)!!!!!! #kentalevels— Matt Harrison (@matt_a_harrison) August 14, 2014
It's A-Day! All the best to everyone who's receiving their A-level results today.
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