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Examresults | News Hardwork forGCSEs rewarded


LOCAL schoolsweathered the changes to theway GCSE subjects are learnt and taught to record excellent results across the board.


Most GCSE subjects were re-


formed this year with a fresh grad- ing system, measured from 9 to 1 instead ofA* toG. Tina Bissett,


teacher of The


Holmesdale School in Snodland, said: “The new exams have been challenging but we have matched last year’s pass rate for English and mathswith nearly half our students achieving a Level 4 in both. “We are very proud of all our


youngpeople as they embark on the next stage of their education.” Invicta Grammar


School


achieved a “superb” set ofGCSE re- sults,with 65%of all grades 7 to 9 or A/A* grades. Head teacher Julie Derrick said:


“We are exceptionally proud of our students and staff. “The examination results are tes-


tament to their dedication and com- mitment, at a time when we have a great deal of changes in educational reform, with moving grade bound- aries and substantially more rigour in the content of all subjects. “It is a pleasure to see so many


happy young women excited at their achievements.Putting these re- sults together with our excellent A level resultsmakes Invicta the num- ber one choice of secondary school inMaidstone.” Several students achieved nine or


more grades 9, 8 andA*. Theywere Kirsten Eke; Mia Harris Smith; Madeleine Hill; Emma Marchong; Elizabeth Morgan; Eleanor New- man; Ellie Nguyen; Amy Thornton andAimeeWard. At Oakwood Park Grammar


School, just under half the year group gained the top grades of 7 to 9 in five ormoreGCSE subjects. Stand-out performances came


fromMax Fossett, JamesGodsmark and Daniel Shed, who achieved grade 9 in six or more of their sub- jects. Spencer Sweetman; Matthew Carrington;


Jibin James, Roy


Bourner; Bradley Coomber; Rees Howard; Dylan Parry; Eben Sim- mons; Rayed Ansari; Joshua Jakso; Joshua Stone; David Evans; Shaun Wambari also excelled, with 10 or more grades at 7 to 9. Head teacher Kevin Moody said:


“I amdelighted for our hard-work- ing students, ably supported by their parents andour staffwho have managed the significant changes in examinationsmagnificently.” Staff and students at New Line


LearningAcademy celebrated their best everGCSEexamination results. Head teacher Paul Murphy said


Invicta Grammar School students (above) achieved ‘superb’ results; below, girls atMaidstone Grammar School for Girls were jumping with joy. Bottom. students pick up their results at Holmesdale School in Snodland


they reinforced comments in the school’s last Ofsted report that the academywas showing a strong up- ward trend. Some 47% of students achieved a


grade 4-9 in English language, whilst 59% of students achieved a grade 4-9 inEnglish literature, high- lighting a continued improvement on theAcademy’s performance. Headteacher Paul Murphy said:


“The studentswho joined us in Sep- tember 2013 can be extremelyproud of their results today, which high- light their hard work and determi- nation to succeed. “These results are testament to the


commitment of both our students andstaff.They buildonthe excellent outcomes achieved last year and demonstrate the excellent progress that our students continue tomake.” MrMurphy said the results were


particularly notable given the edu- cational climatewhich has seen nu- merous reforms to qualifications. He added: “Each year, the cohort


of students has different abilities and this year our students have, again, exceeded their expected tar- get grades. “Wewish all of our students con-


tinued success andwe are confident that their determination to succeed will enable all of them to continue with their personal journeys. “We believe thatNewLine Learn-


ingAcademy provides awonderful opportunity for students to fulfil their potential in a caring and vi- brant community.” Maplesden Noakes school re-


ported 63% of students achieved grade 4 or above (A*-C) in English, 66% achieved grade 4 or above in maths and67%achievedat least one grade 4 or above in science. Maidstone Grammar School for


Girls has again celebrated a year of excellentGCSE results. The schoolpostedresults showing


that 56%of students achievedfive or more 7-9 (A/A*) grades,with 33 stu- dents achieving 10 or more 7-9 grades.


Over 10% of grades on the new


specifications were grade 9 and a special mention goes to Rashmi Knight,who achieved grade 9 in all of her 11 subjects. Head Deborah Stanley said: “We


are pleased to be celebrating the achievements of our year 11 stu- dents today. Our girls have risen to the challenge of the newGCSEspec- ifications and have been very suc- cessful.We look forward to the next stage of their education atMGGS.”


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