GCSE results out today
The waiting is over for
teenagers across Kent and Medway as they discover their GCSE
Thousands of pupils across the county
will be opening their results envelopes in the hope of high-scoring
But they're set for tough times on
the jobs market... with more than 34,000 people out of work and
claiming the dole in Kent.
Malcolm Scott, a personal advisor for
Connexions Kent and Medway, said: "The number of vacancies is not
as great as they were perhaps last year or the year before so the
impact of the recession is certainly being noticed in Kent and
among our young people.
"It is important to make sure
students make the best of the qualifications they have achieved
today and have a clear plan with several back up options."
Audio: Malcolm Scott
explains the options available for GCSE students
But the gloomy job
prospects have failed to prevent two record-breaking
statistics being celebrated at Angley School, Cranbrook where 65 per cent of year 11 pupils gained
five or more A* to C passes and a third of the year group - 56
students - achieved 10 or more high grades.
Individual success stories included
Laura Hare (three A* and six A grades), Jordan Balsamo (six A* and
five A grades), Marah Naylor and Alexandra Holley, who both gained
15 A* to C passes, while Charlotte Stone and Alex Burgess achieved
14 A* to C passes.
Early results show record passes at Marlowe Academy in
Students notched up a 65 per cent pass rate in five GCSEs grades
A to C - that is a 13 per cent improvement on last year, and 26 per
cent up on 2007.
However, the number of students gaining five A to C grades,
including English and maths, fell from 13 per cent to 12 per
Principal Ian Johnson said: "It is fantastic that 65 per cent of
our students gained five A to Cs in all subjects. Nobody would have
believed that we could have achieved that level just four years
after the Academy opened.
"However, I am very disappointed we have not improved on last
year's results for five subjects including English and maths.
"I expect better from the Marlowe Academy. We have a job to do
and I will ensure measures are taken to do it properly."
Meanwhile, on the Isle of Sheppey, Minster
College recorded its best-ever results as it prepares to become
part of the new Sheppey Academy.
Head teacher Alan Klee says he is delighted that 50 per cent of
candidates achieved five or more A*-C grades - six per cent more
than last year.
Over in Medway, pupils at the Kings School in Rochester were celebrating.
Teenagers were delighted with their grades,
with 22 per cent of them getting A* grades and 46 per
cent chalking up A* and A grades.
And 90 per cent of pupils at the school
achieved five passes at grade A* to C, which is a huge leap on the
national figure of 67.1 per cent.
Dr Ian Walker, headmaster, said: "All these
results are a great credit to our pupils’ hard work.
“I congratulate them wholeheartedly and thank
the staff for their sterling efforts.”
Borden’s Year 11 students were also celebrating. Thomas Cantor
achieved 12 A*/A grades, while Kyle Dawney, Oliver Hyde, Daniel
Kirkham, Oliver McKean and David Westby achieved 11 A*/A grades. A
further 17 boys achieved eight or more A*/A grades.
There were particularly notable
subject results in history, mathematics, music, product design,
religious studies and statistics where the percentage of A*/A
grades ranged from 50 to 80 per cent.
At Tenterden, Homewood School has exceeded
last year’s GCSE exam results.
Within minutes of the school’s sports hall throwing open its
doors to students, Homewood reported a provisional figure of almost
70 per cent of students achieving at least five A* to C grades.
For more GCSE news, pictures and
reaction from Ashford, Tenterden and the surrounding areas,
go to the Kentish Express website>>>
Two Dover students have achieved top results
in their GCSEs.
Mark Osmond, from the Dover Grammar School for
Boys, gained 13 GCSEs, seven with A star and six with A grades.
And Faye Wiles, from the Dover Grammar School
for Girls, passed 10 GCSEs, all with A* or A grades, as well as
three AS levels, also with A grades.
That gave her an incredible points score of
912. The average is 556.
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