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A level students at Maplesden Noakes School celebrate their success

There were smiles all around as results came out at Sutton Valence School Results joy forAlevel students

THE long nervous wait is over, the brown envelopes have been opened, and schools throughout Maidstone and Malling have been celebrating the exam successes of theirA level students.

Invicta Grammar School head- teacher Julie Derrickwas “extremely proud and excited about the won- derful futures for our students, given the outstanding examination results that they have achieved this year”. She added: “More Invicta students

than ever will head off to the best universities, continuing the exciting journey that they started with us seven years ago.” Students achieved the best results

in the school’s history with 75% of grades being A*,A or B. Of 148 stu- dents, 213 A* and A grades were achieved. The school was delighted that a significant number of students had secured medicine, veterinary science and Cambridge places. These included Verity Adams, Cara Birchall, Jessica Gladwell and Lina Wragg, who will all be studying medicine; Elina Body and Georgia Robb, who will be reading veteri- nary science, and Claire Tipton who will be studying law at Cambridge. At Maplesden Noakes, head- teacher Richard Owen was “ab- solutely delighted” with the school’s record-breaking A level results. He said: “This is the first year of the more demanding A level courses and yet our students have per- formed better than ever before.” Across the cohort, 78% achieved

A*-C grades, 51% gained A*-B and 31% were awarded A*-A. Top achievers included head boy James Petrie (twoA*s, oneA), RebeccaTuf- fin (three As, one B) and Megan Lloyd (A*, two As and a B). Overall, sixth form students at Fu-

ture Schools Trust’s Cornwallis Academy achieved a 94% pass rate, an increase on last year. Of the 108 students who sat exams at the Hub- bards Lane, Linton, school and its sister site, New Line Learning, in Boughton Lane, Loose, 53% gained A*-C grades. Sixth form directors Joseph Sutton and Janine Climie said the results il-

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History students from St Simon Stock Catholic School celebrate their A level results

lustrated the dedication and com- mitment of students, staff and par- ents.

Students leading the celebrations included Elise Usoh, who achieved anA*,Band two Cs, while Georgina Harper secured two distinction*s and one distinction, and Harry Rofe achievedBgrades in English, sociol- ogy and film studies. Sutton Valence School was de- lighted that 14.2% of this year’s gradeswere A*s, up from 13.2% last year. Overall, the pass ratewas 97% and many students had also taken the extended project qualification (EPQ), with 90% achieving A* - A grades. A quarter of the cohort achieved

two or more A* -Agrades, with no- table successes including Jess Grind- lay (four A*s, anA*EPQand a place at St Hilda’s College, Oxford to read maths and philosophy); Sam Gray (two A*s, one A, an A* EPQ and a place at St Andrew’s to read Eng- lish); Emma Simpson (two A*s and anAand going to Durham to study marketing). Students at The Malling School,

East Malling, no longer studyAlev- els, but celebrated success in the school’s first set of International Bac- calaureate Careers Programme (IBCP) results.A record number se-

cured their first choice university places. Headteacher Carl Robertswasde- lighted with the pupils’ 100% exam pass rate. “This is something that previous sixth form students have never achieved through the study of Alevels,” he said. St Simon Stock Catholic School recorded a pass rate of 97% overall, an increase on last year. Ben Williams, director of sixth form, said: “In most instances, these results were achieved in new, more de- manding courses which increased the pressures on the students during their two years of study.” Among top achieverswere Aaron Clarke, Holly Dowd, Alex Delvalle, Tom Grogan, James Kemp, Nathan Tuckwell, Bethany Darcey, Jonathan Hart, Ella Hibbs-Newman, Arthur King, Lewis Playfoot and Chloe Noyelle, who all scored two As and a B, or better. At Maidstone Girls’ Grammar School, 26% of all gradeswereA/A* and 59% A*-B. Head teacher Debo- rah Stanley said: “We are delighted with the achievements of all our stu- dents and wish them the very best.” High fliers included HannahWal-

lace (three A*s, one A, and will be studying engineering at Cambridge) and Alexandra Hadaway, who will

read biochemistry at Sussex. Oakwood Park Grammar School celebrated “a fantastic set of results” with just under a third of the year achieving A*/A grades. Singled out for special praise were head boy Benjamin Gowers who gained three A*s and an A (EPQ) and will be reading modern languages at Ox- ford; William Sumner and Callum MacGregor who each gained three As and an A* (EPQ). Head teacher Kevin Moody said:

“The fact that nearly 60% of our stu- dents achieved grades from A* to B is testimony to the extensive support we give our sixth formers as they move from year 12 to 13. We are proud of their achievements. Aylesford School Sports College celebrated a record year of A level results. Interim headteacher Tanya Kelvie said she was particularly proud of the school’s significant number of A* andA grades in Eng- lish, science, business , sport, health and social care, performing arts and sport. Of the students who sat their final

exams this summer, nearly 50% will be going to university. Others will be taking up workplaces or undertak- ing professional training while one student has chosen to work and travel on a gap year in Japan.

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