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GCSE results 2013: Live coverage in Kent

By SamPayne  |  Posted: August 21, 2013

Stuart Reeves from Mascalls School: "In spite of dip in national results we have held our own.

Stuart Reeves from Mascalls School: "In spite of dip in national results we have held our own.

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  • Kent's students have significantly outperformed the national average
  • At least 66 per cent of the county's students achieved the national benchmark of five A* to C grades, including English and maths – this has increased by 4 percentage points on 2012 and over 6 and half points above last year's national average
  • There has been a significant reduction in the number of schools below the National Floor Standard of 40 per cent 5 or more A*-C including English and mathematics
  • A* and A grades have been maintained, despite a decline nationally in 2013
  • A number of schools have achieved double-digit improvements in their five A* to C grades, including English and maths – again bucking the national trend

Kent schools have achieved their best GCSE results than previous years - and improved year-on-year over the past 13 years according to Kent County Council.

Sixty six per cent of the county's students beat the national average of five A* to C grades, including English and maths of 40 per cent – up by four per cent compared to last year.

King Ethelbert's in Thanet has increased to 54 per cent achieving this benchmark For full story and other coverage in Thanet visit the Gazette and Hillview School for Girls in Tonbridge attained 69 per cent, which is up 20 per cent on last year's results.

St Anselm's in Canterbury is showing a 19 per cent increase from last year's 35 per cent.

In Gravesham, St John’s Catholic school results were up to 66 per cent and Meopham School's results increased by 16 per cent to 57 per cent.

Wrotham School in Malling has achieved 70 per cent and St Simon Stock Catholic School in Maidstone results rose to 73 per cent.

Michael Northey, deputy cabinet member for education, said: "Kent students have excelled themselves once again. To be bucking the national trend and showing improvements is a testament to the hard work of the students, their parents and also the teachers and leaders in the county's schools. What really matters today is the students and how they can look forward to a great future, whatever they decide to do.”

Here is our list of Kent school results:

Cobham Hall school, Gravesend, 100 per cent of pupils achieved at least five GCSEs at A* to Cs

Skinners' School St John's Road, Tunbridge Wells

100 per cent of pupils achieved 5+ A* to C grades

63.3 per cent achieved A*/A

St Gregory's School, Tunbridge Wells

100 per cent achieved 5 A* to C - 66 per cent achieved 5 A* to C including English and Maths

The Judd School, Tonbridge

100 per cent of pupils achieved 5+ A* to C grades - 60 per cent of entries in core subjects English and Maths subjects were graded A*

Tonbridge School

99.7 per cent of the grades were A* to C

Eight boys achieved 12 A* grades

Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells,

92 per cent achieved 5 A* to C grades

Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys

98 per cent achieved 5 A* to C grades

Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School

99.3 per cent of students achieved A* to C grades

Weald of Kent Grammar School

100 per cent received 5 A* to C grades

Lancing College, Edenbridge

100 per cent 5 A* to Cs with 56 per cent gaining A* and As.

Mascalls School, Paddock Wood

55 per cent achieved 5 A* to Cs

High Weald Academy, Cranbrook

70 per cent achieved 5 or more A* to Cs

Tonbridge Grammar School

100 per cent attained 5 A* to C GCSE including English and Maths, 81.2 per cent of all GCSE results were grade A or A* and 15 per cent gained 10 or more A*s

Hayesbrook School, Tonbridge

77 per cent achieved at least 5 A*-C, 57 per cent had 5 A*-C with English and Maths

Huge Christie School, Tonbridge

92 per cent of students secured five higher GCSE grades or equivalent

St George's School, Broadstairs

53.1 per cent of students gained 5 A* to Cs including English and Maths

For full report and other school coverage visit Thanet Gazette

Herne Bay High

54 per cent achieved at least 5 A* to C including English and maths

St Anselm's Catholic School, Canterbury

75 per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades, and 54 per cent achieved five or more including English and maths

Folkestone Academy

52 per cent achieved 5A* to Cs including English and maths

For full report and other coverage go to the Folkestone Herald website

Folkestone School for Girls

100 per cent of pupils attained five A* to C grades, including English and maths

Duke of York's Royal Military School, Dover

100 per cent achieved five or more GCSEs, 81 per cent achieved 5 A*to C grades including maths and English

Astor College, Dover

72 per cent achieved five or more GCSEs, 42 per cent had five or more A* to C including maths and English

Highworth Grammar School, Ashford

97 per cent of students with A to C passes

57 per cent attained A* to A

The Skinners' Kent Academy

82 per cent of students got at least five A* to C grades.

50 per cent received five A* to Cs including English and maths.

Mayfield Grammar School

100 per cent of students achieved 5 or more A* - C grades

Dulcie Pearson from Lancing College in Edenbridge results were particularly impressive attaining 10 A*s and 1 A in her GCSEs.

Headteacher Mr Jonathan Gillespie said: "Many congratulations to our GCSE pupils on their excellent results."

Bennett Memorial Diocesan school headteacher Ian Bauckham, was equally pleased, and said: "I would like to congratulate all Bennett students on their excellent GCSE results this year. They have worked extremely hard and these excellent results are a tribute to their commitment and diligence."

In Canterbury, St Anselm's Catholic School celebrated its best ever results.

The school, on Old Dover Road, had 54 per cent of it's pupils gaining five or more A*C grades with English and Maths, a 19 per cent improvement on 2012, and

75 per cent achieved 5 or more A* to Cs.

Headteacher Mike Walters, told the Canterbury Times: "We had a tough year last year, but the teachers and the students have worked incredibly hard this year to turn it around."

For full report visit Canterbury Times

The national Exam Results Helpline will remain open until August 24 for students who, however, do not make the grade and need expert free advice about their learning and career options.

Further or higher education advice will be among the topics covered as are options on vocational qualifications, taking a gap year and finding employment.

Nick Hynes, Exam Results Helpline adviser and careers adviser with over 25 years' experience, said:

"Last year, I spoke in-depth with a 16-year-old student. Her year 11 had not gone to plan. She failed her GCSEs and both she and her family were distressed. Luckily, she thought to call the Exam Results Helpline.

"By reflecting on her underlying strengths and her longer term career goals, we managed to find a bridging course at a local college. I supported her to contact the college, highlighting why she would be a good candidate for the course. She got in and started two weeks later.

"Disappointing exam results are a setback but not a disaster. It’s imperative that students have access to expert and impartial advice after unexpected results if they need it, to identify alternative ways of achieving their career goals."

The Exam Results Helpline can be reached on 0808 100 8000. Calls are free from landlines. Mobile network charges vary. Alternatively people can visit www.Kentchoices4u.com

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