BETHANY pupils are celebrating another strong batch of GCSE results which puts them comfortably above the national average.
Head teacher Francie Healy said: "Our hard-working pupils have achieved the highest ever proportion of A* and A grades." Twins Hannah and Ruth Marsden from Tenterden obtained 18 A* and A grades between them. It is an incredible achievement."
Hannah and Ruth's parents praised the school for their guidance and encouragement.
"They have nurtured both the academic and creative side of our girls and have brought out the best in them," mum Gillian Marsden said.
"Hannah has dyslexia and dyspraxia and she has achieved eight A and A* grades and two Bs, which is an incredible result for someone who was really struggling at junior school. We are also immensely proud of Ruth for achieving 10 As and A*s."
Other high-performing pupils included netball star Amy Tucker, budding director Jack Wood both from Tunbridge Wells, and singer and pianist Alexander Fuller from Tenterden.
"I am delighted with the record-breaking achievements of our high-performing pupils," said Mr Healy. "I am equally impressed with the diligence and determination of those pupils whose sustained efforts have been rewarded with B and C grades at a time when it is increasingly difficult to secure them."
Brendton Theunissen from Etchingham got two A*s, four As and three Bs.
He said: "I am amazed and delighted as I achieved much better results than I had expected."