Below is a full run-through of GCSE results affecting West
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The long wait for GCSE results ended with shrieks of delight
for Walthamstow Hall pupils following a 100 per cent pass
All of the girls achieved five or more A* - C grades in
subjects which included maths and English.
Sixty-six per cent of grades were achieved at A* and A
grades and 25 per cent of the pupils gained straight A* and A
Headteacher Jill Milner was thrilled.
"I congratulate all the girls on achieving excellence across
so many subjects," she said.
"They have been extremely well taught and worked very
The Bradbourne School
Staff and pupils at the Bradbourne School, Sevenoaks, are
"over the moon" with their GCSE results after smashing last
Sixty-one per cent of the girls achieved five A* to C grades
- up from 43 per cent last year.
Forty-six per cent of pupils gained five or more A* - C
grades in subjects that included maths and English compared to
36 per cent last year.
Deputy headteacher Paul Derrick said: "Again we have really
exceeded all expectations.
"It's hard to express how you feel when you put so many
things in to place and then it bears the fruit of the hard work
of the staff and students."
But the day did not quite go according to plan after exam
board Edexcel blundered for the second year running and left
pupils waiting for their English results until the
Oxted School is celebrating one of its most successful years
Of the 328 Year 11 pupils who sat the GCSE exams, more than
71 per cent gained five or more A* to C grades, four per cent
more than last year.
The number of pupils gaining five or more A* to C grades
including maths and English increased by three per cent on last
year's figure to 60 per cent.
Seventeen pupils achieved 10 or more A* and A grades.
Thomas Whitehead, who achieved 10 A* grades, Georgina Peake,
Emily Martin and Charlotte Hickson, who each achieved nine A*
grades, were all singled out for special praise.
Headteacher Guy Nelson said: "The students deserve to be
both congratulated and publicly recognised for all their
outstanding achievements this summer.
"This is a reflection of their hard work and the support
they have received from the staff here at Oxted School and
More than two-thirds of students at Sackville School in East
Grinstead achieved A*-C in at least five subjects.
Almost 99 per cent of those who sat GCSEs at the school in
Lewes Road achieved a pass grade.
Pupils scoring outstanding results included Roz Beckett who
gained 12 A*s and Simon Game who achieved 10 A*s and 2A.
Headteacher Maggie Robson said she was "immensely proud" of
the students' achievements.
"They and the staff have worked incredibly hard and are to
be congratulated on their success" she added.
Combe Bank School
Combe Bank School in Sundridge is celebrating its GCSE
success with the percentage of A* grades more than doubled from
The school had a 98 per cent pass rate in A* to C grades
with 23 of the 24 pupils gaining these in five subjects,
including maths and English.
More than two thirds of the results were Grade B and
Twin sisters, Georgina and Rebecca Chard, achieved clean
sweeps of 10 A and A* grades.
Headteacher Rosemary Martin said she was "thrilled" with the
"They have worked hard and they deserve the success," she
"They are delightful students and they have done
The Wildernesse School
The Wildernesse School in Sevenoaks is celebrating its best
ever GCSE performance with 46 per cent of its pupils achieving
five or more A* - C grades.
This is up from last year's result of 30.5 per cent.
Thirty-two per cent of the boys gained five or more A* - C
grades in subjects that included maths and English.
This exceeds the Government National Challenge benchmark of
30 per cent.
Headteacher John Daly said: "These results represent a
tremendous effort on the part of the staff and pupils at The
"I am especially pleased that we have continued the
improvement in our overall performance and crucially the
'including maths and English' standard where we have seen an
improvement of more than 100 per cent."
A Paddock Wood school has achieved its best results
Pupils at Mascalls School on Maidstone Road celebrated as 77
per cent of them gained five A* to C grades.
There was also a 10 per cent increase in the number of
pupils passing mathematics, something the headteacher puts down
to hard work by staff and students.
Vanessa Everett said: "We are absolutely delighted, they are
once again the best ever so we have lots of very happy students
"The kids have been working hard, the teachers have been
working very hard."
Sevenoaks School's headteacher has paid tribute to her GCSE
students after they achieved some "wonderful" results.
Fifteen of the 152 candidates achieved 10 or 11 A* grades
each, with 85 per cent of the total results graded A* or A.
Headteacher Katy Ricks said: "I am very proud of our
students' wonderful achievement, especially, as for the first
time, every Year 11 student took the more challenging IGCSE
examinations in physics, chemistry, biology and
"Congratulations to them and their teachers on all their
hard work. We know it will stand them in very good stead."
Weald of Kent Grammar School
Weald of Kent Grammar School is celebrating for a second
week in succession today after 98 per cent of Year 11 students
achieved five GCSEs at grades A* - C.
While 23 of the 151 candidates gained nothing lower than an
A, 96 per cent students were awarded at least one A* or A.
Headteacher Maureen Johnson said: "There is no quick fix to
achieving such outstanding results. It is about hard work on
the part of the students combined with the support of excellent
and enthusiastic teaching."
Tonbridge Grammar School
Another set of outstanding GCSE results at Tonbridge Grammar
School saw a pass rate of 100 per cent of pupils gaining at
least five A* - C grades.
With 81 per cent of the students achieving five or more A* -
A grades, 98.7 per cent were awarded at least two A*-C grades
Sixty-six of the Year 11 pupils also took and passed
AS-levels in addition to their GCSEs.
Headteacher Rosemary Joyce said: "These results are a
testimony to the creativity of both the students and their
dedicated teachers and support staff."
Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School
Tunbridge Wells Girls' Grammar School have recorded their
best ever GCSE results, with a 100 per cent passing at least
five exams at grade A* to C.
The St John's Road school also boasts almost 75 per cent of
entries gaining an A* or A grade.
This, according to headteacher Linda Wybar, reflects the
enthusiasm and hard work put in by the pupils and staff.
She said: "These are the school's best ever results,
reflecting the outstanding achievements of both girls and their
teachers. I am incredibly proud of them and their
Individual outstanding performances included Rebecca
Stephens who amazingly achieved 12 A* grades.
The Hayesbrook School
The Hayesbrook School achieved success in a variety of GCSE
and vocational courses this year, with one group even sitting
their exams two years early.
Co-heads of the Brook Street Nigel Blackburn and Debbie
Coslett were delighted with the work the boys had put in to
achieve the results.
"I think it's a tribute to staff and students and also
parents," Mr Blackburn said, "and a majority of boys have got
what they deserve."
Mrs Coslett added: "They took advantage of the opportunities
provided, they have excellent teaching but there were lots of
extra-curricular things for them to get involved with."
As well as all the Year 11 pupils picking up their results,
a group of Year 9 geography students also took their GCSE
exams, with nine out of 29 of them picking up A* or A
Kent College Pembury
Girls at Kent College, Pembury achieved an "extremely
pleasing" set of GCSE results, with 96 per cent passing five or
more at A* to C grade.
Headteacher Sally-Anne Huang said the result had laid an
excellent foundation for A-levels.
She said: "Once again Kent College girls have made us very
proud. I am particularly pleased to see the school performing
so well in traditional often male-dominated areas such as
Physics. We have just opened a new science building and are
launching a science bursary for our sixth form so these
excellent results seem particularly fitting."
Hillview School for Girls
Pupils at Hillview School for Girls reached "a new high"
this year with 78 per cent gaining five or more A*-C grades at
The results were the best ever for the non-selective school
in Brionne Gardens.
Headteacher Stehen Bovey said the school had seen a steady
improvement in their results in recent years through to his
year's "new high".
He said: "I am delighted for the girls, they have done
wonderfully well they certainly worked very hard and deserve
St Gregory's Catholic Comprehensive
Students and staff at St Gregory's Catholic Comprehensive
School are celebrating an improved set of GCSE results, a
reflection of the "hard work and commitment" of students.
Of the 152 students at the Reynolds Lane school, 72 per cent
gained at least five A* to C passes, up on last years 70 per
There were a number of "outstanding" individual
performances, with five pupils getting at least eight A* or A
This includes Hannah Clarke who achieved 10 A* and one A
Headteacher Rosemary Olivier said: "These results are a
testament to the committed and dedicated teaching, the
students' engagement in their own learning and parental
Staff at Tonbridge School declared they were "delighted"
after achieving their best ever GCSE results.
The percentage of entries awarded A* to C grades was 99.7
per cent with 58 of those achieving an A*.
This was the first year that pupils at the boarding school
sat international GCSEs in maths, English literature and
Sixteen pupils now hold 10 or more GCSEs at grade A*.
Director of studies John Pearson said: "These successes are
a testament to the hard work of the pupils and the dedication
of the staff."
Headteacher of Wrotham School David Day was delighted with
an improvement in pupils gaining five GCSE passes with grades
A* to C in core subjects including maths and English, from 37
per cent last year to this year's 39 per cent.
This was despite an overall fall in pupils gaining A* to C
grades in all subjects from 74 per cent last year to 60 per
cent this year.
Mr Day explained the reason for this was because the school
had shifted its attention to the core subjects.
He said: "Our priority is the performance of pupils in core
subjects, English, maths and science. If we get that right we
enhance the employment prospects and university prospects of
Mr Day said: "Ultimately good results come down to the hard
work of students and the quality of teaching. Nothing else is
Pupils and staff at Skinners' School have "surpassed
themselves" in this year's GCSEs.
The total of A* and A grades awarded to students, at the St
John's Road school, was up five per cent on last year to 67 per
Head Simon Everson said: "Pupils and staff have surpassed
themselves. The boys have a great deal to be proud of in these
results. They have built a very strong foundation for
progression to their sixth form studies."
Charles Darwin School
Pupils at Charles Darwin School have been commended for
achieving some of the best GCSE results it has ever had.
Headteacher of the Biggin Hill school, Rob Higgins, said he
was "very pleased" with the grades which showed 61 per cent of
students achieving five A* to C passes, a four per cent
improvement on 2007.
In addition, 46 per cent managed passes in maths and
English, up from 37 per cent last year.
Mr Higgins said: "This has been a significant step forward
for the school."
Beechwood Sacred Heart School
Girls from Beechwood Sacred Heart continued the school's
rise in pinnacle grades, with 38 per cent of passes at A* or A
The number of pupils at the Pembury Road school who gained
five or more A* to C passes was also up on last year at 96 per
cent, from 94 per cent.
Head Nicholas Beesley was proud of the pupils'
He said: "As always the bare statistics do not tell the
whole story about a great number of excellent individual
successes. All of our pupils can be proud of their
achievements. I am particularly gratified that the percentage
of our entries achieving the highest grades, A* and A, is
continuing to rise year on year."
STAFF at Angley School in Cranbrook congratulated their
students on a successful year as they received their GCSE
Five A* to C grades were achieved by 60 per cent of pupils
with 16 star students gaining a high number of pass grades
including three or more A or A*s.
The Angley Road school said their success was down to a
thorough approach to coursework, the excellent attitude of
students and the dedication of teachers and support staff.
Principal Philip Morris said: "I wish to congratulate all
students because they all performed magnificently. Their
approach to their studies in the run up to the exam period was
outstanding and they have achieved just reward for their
Tunbridge Wells High School
Students at Tunbridge Wells High School scooped their best
ever results, with 61 per cent gaining five or more grade A* to
C, this compares with 44 per cent last year.
The results, according to head Graham Smith, reflect the
hard work put in by all students and staff at the non-selective
comprehensive school in Blackhurst Lane.
He said: "The youngsters have excelled themselves again.
These are wonderful results and they show just how hard they
"Results in subjects like French and History are very good.
Results in vocational courses are outstanding, and our decision
to develop the school as a vocational centre of excellence is
Bennett Memorial Diocesan School
This year's GCSE results were the best ever for Bennett
Memorial Diocesan School with 79 per cent getting at least five
A* to C grades, including English and maths.
This is up significantly on last years 65 per cent.
Headteacher at the all ability school, on Culverden Down,
Ian Bauckham said: "This is an outstanding set of results and
represents the culmination of five years of hard work by
students and teachers alike.
"These results prove that regardless of a student's starting
point a caring and respectful environment, opportunities to
enjoy school and grow personally, combined of course with
excellent teaching, enable high outcomes to be achieved by
Hugh Christie Technology College
Almost two-thirds of the Year 11 students at Hugh Christie
Technology College picked up the equivalent of five or more
higher grade passes yesterday.
The results for the White Cottage Road school showed 63 per
cent picked up five grades equivalent to A*-C.
Principal, Jon Barker, said: "I would like to congratulate
all the students, parents and teachers who worked hard to
achieve these results.
"Many students have worked incredibly diligently to achieve
grades well above what was expected of them and they should be
proud of their achievements."
PUPILS at a Goudhurst school are celebrating after they
picked up their GCSE results.
A total of 76 per cent of students at the Curtisden Green
school secured five A * to C grades, with top student Thane
Campbell from Staplehurst achieving five A*s.
Headteacher Nick Dorey said: "Although the overall pass rate
was slightly down on previous years. It was good to see Bethany
students securing record numbers of A and A* grades, well above
the national averages."
The Judd School
Tonbridge's The Judd School broke all its previous GCSE
results records, with an astonishing 42 per cent of all entries
being graded at the highest A* grade.
There were also seven students who received the top grade in
all 10 of their subjects, while a further 41 got all A or
Headmaster Robert Masters, paid tribute to the hard work of
staff and students alike.
"They are a remarkable group of students, so capable
academically, but also hugely committed to sport, music and
service – a delight to work with," he said of the Brook Street
school's departing Year 11s."
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys was once again
celebrating an improved set of GCSE results.
In total, 97.1 per cent of boys gained five or more A* to C
grades, up from 96 per cent last year, and there were several
Louis Peacock-Young passed all of his exams with A* grades,
with Chris Hulm achieving 10 A* passes.
Headteacher John Harrison was understandably delighted.
He said: "I am so pleased to see the boys achieve so well.
The increase in results this year is very satisfying and well
deserved result of the work put in by students and staff
The long wait was over for students at Cranbrook School as
they opened their GCSE results.
Staff and pupils at the Waterloo Road school celebrated as
they achieved 100 per cent five A* to C grades, while 99.3 per
cent of students were awarded nine A* to Cs.
Fourteen pupils gained all A and A* grades.
Headteacher Angela Daly said: "I am delighted with the
excellent results that this year's cohort has achieved. They
represent a great deal of hard work by both students and staff
and have provided a very sound basis for their future A Level
Students at an independent Hildenborough school have
achieved 100 per cent pass rates in eight subjects in their
The results for Sackville School, in Tonbridge Road, showed
overall 80 per cent of entries were scored at the higher A*-C
Headteacher Michèle Sinclair said the results showed how
hard the students had worked as well as her teachers'
commitment to success.
"We are absolutely delighted with our GCSE results again,"
she said, "and very proud of our students' achievements this