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A-level results day 2015 in Deal and Dover

The waiting for A-level pupils is finally over, as results were revealed today.

University beckons for many former students in Dover district, where some excellent grades have been recorded.

Just under half of Castle Community College’s upper sixth year group applied for university places and all those who intended to go gained their first choice.

Faye Waters, who eagerly waited outside the school from 9.45am to get her hands of her results, achieved A, A, B and is off to Queen Mary University of London to read English.

Ellen Peet who gained a string of A and Bs is off to Winchester University to study Criminology and Psychology.

Castle Community College students Ellen Peet and Faye Water both gained university places
Castle Community College students Ellen Peet and Faye Water both gained university places

Friends Daisy Hodges who will study Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church and Jazmin Roberts who will go to the University of Kent to study Criminology and Sociology already knew they had gained their places having checked their UCAS applications online at 7am.

Kayley Maidment, Daisy Hodges and Jazmin Roberts
Kayley Maidment, Daisy Hodges and Jazmin Roberts

Jay Chadwick achieved a merit in Music, a double merit in Drama and a D in English. He is moving to Brighton in exactly 14 days to study Bass at BIMM music college.
Having gained the grades and successfully made it through two auditions, he said: “I can’t wait.”

Jay Chadwick is off to BIMM in Brighton to study Bass
Jay Chadwick is off to BIMM in Brighton to study Bass

Dan Pennington received a distinction* in ICT and a distinction merit in Business Studies. He is off to East Kent College to do Computing.

Alex Kirkby received a double distinction* in Public Services and distinction* in ICT. He has deferred his place at Canterbury Christ Church to work in construction for a year so he can save and support himself.

Dan Pennington and Alex Kirkby were happy with their results
Dan Pennington and Alex Kirkby were happy with their results

Head of sixth form Chris Stanley was overjoyed with this year’s results with 100% of A2 students achieving A*- D in the academic subjects.

He said: “All year we work hard for this day and to have nobody in tears is very rewarding. There’s been no disappointment. It’s all really positive.

“I’d like to thank staff especially sixth form staff and the students who have all been fantastic. There’s been difficult circumstances but their hard work has paid off.”

Dover College celebrated some of its best results with almost half of all grades above a B and a third were A* or A grade.

HeadmasterGareth Doodes said: “I am delighted by our excellent A Level results. They are a testament to all the hard work of our pupils, staff and parents.

"Our leaving pupils can now proceed with confidence to the universities and careers of their choice. Above all, the results demonstrate the benefit of small class sizes, creative teaching and high academic standards within a caring, family community.”

One Dover College student couldn't believe her results
One Dover College student couldn't believe her results

From being head hunted by Google to going to Oxford and Cambridge, it was a successful set of results for Dover Grammar School for Boys.

Robin McCorkell, 18, who has already been head hunted by Google, was equally pleased with his results and he will also be attending Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge and studying computer science.

He received two A*s in maths and physics and two As in further maths and chemistry.

He gained a distinction in IT BTEC and two prestigious maths exams, receiving a distinction in Maths Advanced Extension Award and grade one in STEP - the Oxbridge test.

Joe Gamble, Tobias Nottingham, Ch Un Mou, Robert Godden and Harry Platts
Joe Gamble, Tobias Nottingham, Ch Un Mou, Robert Godden and Harry Platts

He said: “I’m the only person in the head of maths’ history at the school to every do the STEP.

“I’ve always wanted to do computer science. I’ve been programming computers in my spare time and I hope to do software development in the future.

“I got a job offer from Google last year but they didn’t realise I was still in education.”

Harry Platts, 18, will now be studying archaeology at UCL after gaining an A* in art and three As in maths, Latin and English.

He said: “I’m really happy. My course is going to be practical and theory and going out and digging. I do it as a hobby so now I want to make money out of it too.”

Harry is also a member of the Folkestone Research and Archeology Group.

Head teacher, Fiona Chapman said: “We are delighted that once again our students have achieved impressive results at A-level. The overall pass rate has improved with 99.6% of all A-levels taken achieving a pass grade, with many being at the top grades.”

Astor College for the Arts has seen 98% of their students pass their A-levels and nearly all secured their preferred university place.

Jodie Mack, 18, gained a C in English, C in history and D in graphic design and will be going on to study English and History at the University of Southampton.

Sophie Bullock, 18, gained a B in ceramics, D in English, a B in AS IT and D in AS psychology.

Jodie Mack, Sophie Bullock, Jemma Delmar and Bethany Ward
Jodie Mack, Sophie Bullock, Jemma Delmar and Bethany Ward

She plans to take a gap year and travel around Europe before starting a degree in journalism at the University of Roehampton.

Ed Pallant, Astor principal said: “These fantastic achievements are a result of the hard work of students, the invaluable support of parents and the dedication of our teaching staff.”

Jemma Delmar, 18, plans to study English literature, religion, philosophy and ethics at Canterbury Christ Church University.

A spokesman for the school said: “We are extremely pleased with the continued improvement in our students A-level results - 90% of students achieved 2 A*-E grades and this confirms our improving trend of examination results at Astor College.

“The number of students passing A-level qualifications at 98% has remained very high and nearly all students have secured their preferred university place.”

Years of hard work have paid off for students at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School, after they got their A-Level results.

With 97.4% of the 39 students passing two or more A-Levels, it was a success worth celebrating.

Chris Russell, executive principal, said: “These excellent A-Level results demonstrate how students can study at a very high level and also participate fully in sport, combined cadet force, ceremonial and other social activities. This special combination develops superb qualities of character and resilience.

“I am very proud of all the students, and of the teachers who have helped them achieve these results.”

Dover Grammar School for Girls has bucked the national trend that sees a falling number of top grades among the country's schools.

Instead the the grammar hit a new record with more than 61% of all exams were awarded one of the top grades of A* to B.

All pupils got three or more A Level passes, and 98% got four.

Head teacher Matthew Bartlett said: “Once again we are delighted to be celebrating the exceptional achievements of all of our students who continue to outstrip national trends.

“Not only are results outstanding, but we are committed to working together to increase aspirations and opportunities for all our students. This has led to a continued growth in students attending the highest ranking universities. We are delighted that this continues with more than 25% of all students continuing their study at the prestigious Russell Group of universities.”

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