Triple celebrations were in order for not one but two families as two sets of triplets opened their results in unison.
Both sets of siblings secured impressive grades and university places at Oxbridge.
Sisters Emma, Lauren and Megan Carter, all pupils at Invicta Grammar School, achieved nine A* and three A grades between them.
Emma, who received three A* grades and one A, and Lauren, who took home two A*s and two As, are off to study at Cambridge University.
Megan, who collected four A*s, gained a place at Oxford.
The school, in Huntsman Lane, achieved 72% of A* to B grades.
Julie Derrick, head teacher, said: “‘Our students have yet again risen to the challenge of combining their own academic with charitable work to not only give themselves the best possible opportunities moving forward, but also to improve the lives of others in their local, national and international community.”
Triplets Emma, Lauren and Megan Carter, all pupils at Invicta Grammar School, achieved nine A* and three A grades between them
Another group of triplets at the St Simon Stock School have sailed through to university with a flurry of top grades.
Orla, Eliza and Jack McCabe amassed three A*s and five As between them.
Before heading off to Oxford to study English Literature Jack, who obtained two A* and two As, said: “I am delighted with my results, the night before getting them I was so nervous. Now I have a few weeks rest and a massive reading list to get through before more hard work starts, but I’m thrilled.”
His sister Orla gained an A*, A and B and is set to study nursing in Nottingham while Eliza received two As and a C and is heading off to Oxford Brookes to study history of art.
The Catholic School, in Oakwood Park, achieved a 100% pass rate, with 75% of pupils scoring a grade C or higher. Out of the 64 students who sat A-levels, 43% achieved the top grades and 15% are on their way to red brick universities.
Triplets Orla, Jack and Eliza McCabe, open their results at St Simon Stock in Maidstone
Thirty-two pupils at St Augustine Academy, in Oakwood Park, triumphed in the exams this year with a 100% pass rate.
Jessie Gill was among the star performers after landing an A* and two A grades. She will now study fashion at the Epsom University for the Creative Arts.
After opening her results envelope she said: “I’m totally delighted, I’ve worked my socks off but it’s all been worth it. I was very nervous last night and now I’m just going to have fun and enjoy myself through university.”
Swadelands sixth form in Lenham has been celebrating as 13 students achieved the best results in the school’s history with 61% of students achieving at least one A grade and over half of them achieving two A grades. Many are now off to university. Arran McGlynn, who achieved 5 A Levels, is going to Canterbury to study Computer Science whilst Lydia Hilden’s 3 A Levels earned her a place studying criminology. The school has a rich sports heritage and Giorgio Russo will be studying for a sports qualifcation. Headteacher, Richard Baddeley, said: “The students have worked very hard over a very challenging two years. The A level results this year are the strongest we have had and this demonstrates a high level of commitment from our students."
Valley Park School boasts another record-breaking set of results with a 100% pass rate and more than half of the 100 A-level students gained an A or A* grade - a 5% increase from last year. The school celebrated an 85% rate of A* to C marks. Nine students gained A and A* grades in at least three subjects. Head teacher Vic Ashdown said: “This is another fantastic set of results. I am delighted for our students and their families and wish them all the very best for their futures.”
At MidKent College’s Maidstone campus, in Oakwood Park, 135 students sat A-level papers and 93% passed. Principal Sue McLeod said: “The college offers a wide range of A-level subjects – including our unique one-year intensive courses at Maidstone – and these results show why we are such a great alternative to school sixth form.”
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls celebrated a fantastic year of results with 91% of papers graded C or higher. The school, based on Buckland Road, enjoyed a 100% pass rate from its 190 pupils with 72% of grades at A* to B.
Best friends Helen Oakes and Alice Cachia, both 18, earned a clean sweep of A*s.
Alice, who is going to study English Literature at the University of East Anglia,
said: “I was panicking so much but then I got confirmation of my uni place and
that eased the nerves. I’m ecstatic.”
Helen meanwhile is off to the University of Warwick and said: “I’m so delighted with what I’ve achieved and thanks to MGGS, I’ve had a great time here.”
At Oakwood Park Grammar School 62% of all results were A* to B grades, with 40% at A or A* level - a new record for the school.
Pupil Rory Weal secured three A*s and one A. He is heading to Queen’s College, in Cambridge, to study history.
Upon receiving his grades he said: “The main feeling right now is relief, it’s been pretty tense. Cambridge starts in October so I have a while to relax and celebrate.”
His classmate Alexander Midgely scored one A* and two As, and is now going to read French and Spanish at St Edmond’s Coillege, in Oxford.
He told the Kent Messenger: “I’m more relieved than anything right now, it’s good to get this part of my life out of the way.”
Plenty of cheers were cried at Cornwallis Academy, in Linton, when students discovered their impressive marks. The school achieved a 98% pass rate with 72% scored at A* to C. More than a third of results were A* to A.
Academy Principal, David Simons, said: “We are delighted for the students and staff at Cornwallis who have worked so hard this year to achieve these results. This means that over three quarters of the cohort will be going on to University, a fact that we are all very proud of.”
Just under 60% of all exam entries at Maidstone Grammar School were scored at A* to B, and one in every three grades were an A or A*. Twenty-five students achieved at least three A grades or better and eight students welcomed at least two A*s and one A. The overall pass rate was 80%. Top performers Sudeep Ale, Matthew Kemp and Parris Sammut all celebrated A* marks in four subjects. Headmaster Mark Tomkins said: “These are excellent results that reflect the hard work and commitment of the students to achieve and of their teachers to support and guide their learning.”
Sutton Valence School is celebrating 10 years of success after it achieved its best-ever results. Out of the pupils who sat the exams, 99% gained A* to B grades, with 30% celebrating more than two A* and As. Alex Allsebrook, Peter Bannister, Anna Berdant, Ed Collins, Ashley Deveson, Anton Evans, Sophie McGannon, Katherine Smith and Sophie Taylor all achieved at least three A* or As.
Headmaster, Bruce Grindlay, said: “I’m delighted that we have maintained the school’s 10 year upward trend in A* to B grades. This is our biggest A-level cohort so far and I’m very pleased that they have all been committed to the necessary, hard, academic work that brings such good results. I congratulate both pupils and staff.”
Maplesden Noakes School was extremely close to a full pass mark with a 97% success rate. Out of the 35 A-level pupils, 80% achieved A* to C grades. Head teacher Jane Prideax said: They have done very well and a lot of hard work has gone into it. The results have been extremely pleasing and I wish them the best of luck for the future.
Cranbrook School was revelling in its “best ever” results yesterday (Thursday). Of the 155 Year 13 students who sat A-levels, 77% achieved grades from A* to B, up from 68% last year.
A total of 92% of results were at A* to C. Headmaster John Weeds said: “Virtually all our students who applied for university have gained the grades they needed, and four have places at Oxbridge.
“Naturally I’m really pleased for the students and would like to thank them for their hard work and to thank the staff who have supported them so well over the past two years.”
Mr Weeds, in his first year as head at the Waterloo Road school saw students gain 11% of results at A*, including star pupil Tom Read-Cutting who gained four A*s.
Cranbrook School pupils celebrate, from left: Jess Atkins, Jack Newell, Molly Moffatt and Catherine Snow
The High Weald Academy in Cranbrook was a happy place with the school “comfortably exceeding” its figures for last year.
Some 66% of students gained grades from A* to C or equivalent.
Principal Robert Jackson said: “We’ve achieved our best results ever.”
The 25 students that sat A-levels or the B-Tec equivalent gained a 99% pass rate, with 30% at the A or A* grade or at distinction or equivalent.
Particularly successful were Lauren Austen and Natasha Searle.
Lauren gained grade A in maths and art A levels and a double distinction* in a health and social care B-Tec. She will read maths at university.
Natasha gained distinction* in a health and social care and hospitality B-Tec as well as grade B in art and design A-level.
She is taking up a place at UCA in Maidstone. Mr Jackson said: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s results. Both staff and students have worked so hard over the past two years and thoroughly deserve this success.”
Pupils at Bethany School, in Goudhurst, couldn’t hide their delight when they collected their A-level results. The school welcomed a 98% pass rate. Many of the students will now look forward to heading off to university, such as Tom Frank, from Wadhurst, who is going to study history at Exeter after achieving straight A grades.
Headteacher Francie Healy said: “Once again it is humbling to see so many pupils exceeding expectations through their sustained diligence and the professionalism and dedication of their wonderful teachers. The vast majority of our pupils are about to start courses at their preferred universities.
It was a great result at The Malling School where a quarter of all A levels taken were awarded the highest A* grade and 78% of results were at grade C or above.
Five students each gained 3 A* grades: Katy Hills, Daniel Hussey, Chloe Startup, Alannah Martin and Charlotte Parkin.
Close friends Emsal Arslen and Paige Hill mirrored each others’ achievements by each gaining 3 B grades
18-year-olds Matthew Allen, Connor Watson, Alyce (corr) Watson, Carl Lokko, Hannah Luck, Nasima Begum-Ali and Emily Barrell, who are celebrating after passing A levels and BTECH exams
Aylesford School Sports College sixth formers recorded a 100% pass rate for A Level and BTEC exams, with 73% of entries achieving Distinction to Distinction* in vocational qualifications and 99% achieving Merit or above.
In total 70% of students can now take up places at their chosen universities.
Director of learning, Sally Doran, said: “These excellent results are a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the students and the teaching staff.”
Nasima Begun-Ali, 18, said: “I was only predicted a C grade for my A level sociology but I got a B. I’m so pleased because the exam was very hard.”
It's A-level joy for Holmesdale Technology College students David Omotayo, Katie Millgate and Bethany Smit
Holmesdale Technology College in Snodland celebrated its best-ever results with the highest proportion of students gaining places at their first choice university.
In total 73% of students achieved A*- C grades with 33% at A or A*. This is a 10% increase in success rates compared to last year.
David Omotayo combined his studies with a punishing drama rehearsal schedule but gained two A grades and one B.
Joshua Linares-Stanley achieved an A* and 2 A grades, while Laura Clark secured 3 A grades and will be heading to the University of Brighton.
Bethany Smith, the school’s student reporter, achieved two B grades and one C grade.
Principal Julia Campbell said: “Our hearty congratulations go to all of the students for their hard work and dedication. We wish them every success for their future careers.”
Pupils at the Judd School, in Tonbridge, celebrated a new A-level record with 26% of all papers graded A*. Overall, the school had a 98% pass rate and 91% of the results were A*, A or B.
The hard work paid off for the 20 youngsters who have secured Oxbridge places.
Star pupils Alex Howard and Matthew Johnston achieved a clean sweep of five A* grades in biology, chemistry, physics, maths and further maths.
Classmates Simon Butterworth, Alex Davies, Nishant Singh, Emily Stone, Katherine Wallbridge and Ben Williams, all secured four A*s.
Tonbridge Grammar School welcomed a 5% increase in the number of pupils who achieved at least one A* or A grade, with 80% of students hitting the top marks, described by headteacher Rosemary Joyce, as “impressive.”
This year’s A-levels will be the school’s last, as from now on, it will only offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma, an alternative to the traditional exams.
Staff at Hugh Christie Technology College, in Tonbridge, were delighted for two pupils who secured the grades they needed to follow in their teaching footsteps. Charlotte King will study to become a primary school teacher after achieving four A grades and classmate Danielle Thornton, who secured two As in sport, will train to be a secondary school PE teacher.
The overall pass rate was 99.5% and 76% of pupils scored A* to C marks
The Hayesbrook School, a Tonbridge-based specialist sports college, scored a 81% overall pass rate out of the 43 pupils who sat this year’s exams.
Head boy Oliver Dixon lived up to expectations by securing three distinction stars, the top B-tec marks and an A-level in History.