Hundreds of sixth form students from Borden Grammar, Fulston Manor, Highsted, Sittingbourne Community College and Westlands picked up their A Level results earlier today.
Nationally a record numbers of university places have been offered this year - with A-level results showing a marginal fall in top grades for the fifth successive year. Nationally the proportion of A* and A grades was 25.8%, down by 0.1% on last year but the pass rate of 98.1% remained the same. The UCAS admissions service said that 424,000 places had been offered, which is up by 3% on results day last year.
Local results were:-
⦿ BORDEN GRAMMAR: It was the school's best A-level for four years with 44% awarded grades at A*, A, or B - an increase of almost 10% on last year. The top scholars were: Joseph Stevens with A*AAAA, William Hutson with AAAA, Zack Taylor with AAAAB and Jack Hutton with A*AAAB.
⦿ FULSTON MANOR: A total of 123 students sat the full A-level exam in 30 different subjects, with 110 achieving A* to C grades, an increase of 5% compared to last year.
⦿ HIGHSTED: The number of A*/A grades was 31% (up 11% on last year), A*/B grades were 66% (up 10%) and 63% of the A Level students achieved at least 1 A* or A grade (up 2% on 2015). The average for students was the equivalent of 3 x A* grades.
⦿ SITTINGBOURNE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Swale Sixth Form Principal Jackie Noble spoke to Pete Flynn on 'In The Bourne' earlier and confirmed that a record number of students had obtained A*- B grades which she said: "reflected [on the school's] relentless drive to ensure that all students achieve their potential. All the SCC students were successful in achieving a place at the university of their choice. Some of the successful students getting University places included Ayden Tahmazova, who is off to London Metropolitan University to study Interior Design, Ayla Hunnisett studying Psychology at the University of Surrey, Rhys Tatton off to study Accounting & Finance at the University of Brighton and Steven Walker, who will be studying Physical Geography at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire.
⦿ WESTLANDS: A total of 88 students completed A-level and Level 3 Vocational courses across 26 different subjects. 86 students achieved at least one C grade with many achieving A, A* and Distinction* grades.