Thanet results: Students and schools celebrated GCSE grades

Collecting results at St George's

St George’s C/E School

St George’s Church Of England Foundation School is celebrating the success of many of their pupils who have gained the qualifications to progress further in their education.

There have been some notable successes in regard to results from Abdullah Hashmi, Nicolas Carny, Megan Manning, Harry Bridgeland and Marley Swift.

Headteacher, Adam Mirams, said: “Despite the continued uncertainty of the examination system it is great to see both pupils and staff being rewarded for their hard work.”

Nicolas Carny was one of the school’s highest graded students with five 8 grades, two 7 grades and 2 six grades. He took subjects including Spanish, English, chemistry and biology.

He said: “I did not expect most of my results so I am pleased. I’m now going to Dane Court to do IDB (International baccalaureate).

Royal Harbour Academy

Students at the Royal Harbour Academy have continued to show good progress  with 40% of students gaining a Level 4 or better in English and 38% securing a Level 4 or better in Maths.

Headteacher Simon Pullen said: “Against a background of more difficult exams it is good to see so many students doing so well. I am particularly pleased with the number of Grade 9s and 8s students have received showing that the school can provide for the most able students.”

There were some notable results: Yasmin Gill secured 10 GCSE passes including two 9s and an 8. Cassie O’Connor gained 9 GCSE passes including two 9 grades and Lily Headley passed 9 GCSEs with one 9 and six 8s.

Mickey Capeling, Head of Year 11 said: “Year 11 students have worked incredibly hard to achieve their goals and it is a pleasure to see so many of them going on to their chosen destinations including the 6th Form at Royal Harbour Academy.”

Hartsdown Academy

Hartsdown Academy has produced another year of improved results.

Passes at English and Maths have increased again this year, and have increased by 42% over the last two years. On top of this, many students have obtained top grades, including 7s and 8s, such as Freddie Howard, who achieved a grade 7s in Science and Maths and an A* in ICT, Lizzi Pottinger who achieved a grade 7s in Science and Maths and a Distinction in Performing Arts and Elias Nach-McPhail who achieved a grade  8-7 in Science and 7 in English Language.

Head Student Lizzi Pottinger said of her experience of GCSEs at Hartsdown: “I’m delighted by my results. My time at Hartsdown Academy has been amazing and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve what I have without the support of the teachers in the school. The best is yet to come in Sixth Form.”

Head of KS4, Ms Rigden, said: “It has been a fantastic two years working with this group of dedicated and aspirational young people. The Year 11 staff and I are delighted to be able to celebrate with our students after another increase in GCSE results.”

Head teacher Matt Tate added: “This has been a fantastic year for Hartsdown Academy. We are celebrating our best ever year for results in both IBCP at Sixth Form and at GCSE in Year 11. This is in addition to our incredible new curriculum based on the world-renowned International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in Year 7 and 8, which has seen above national average progress in students’ literacy and numeracy skills.

“Our GCSE students have done themselves and the school proud. We are delighted to have so many students gaining top grades, and over double the amount of students wanting to stay with us for Sixth Form. This, combined with the opening our brand-new, state of the art building, means that the future for both the school and these Year 11s is a bright and prosperous one.”

King Ethelbert School 

King Ethelbert School is celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results with students at all ability levels making superb progress. Some  60% of students achieved a pass in English and 60% achieved a pass in maths, with nearly half of all students achieving a pass in both English and maths.   Once again, science results were outstanding, with 54% of students achieving at least 2 science passes and students also excelled in the non-core subjects that they had opted to study.

James Protopapas           9 excellent passes, all at the top grades of 9 – 6 including one grade 9, one distinction star and two grade 8s.

Corey Austin                    8 excellent passes at the top grades of 9 – 6 including one distinction star and three grade 8s.

Oliver Playford                  9 excellent passes, 5 of which were at grades 9 – 7.

Jesse Lin                            9 excellent passes, 6 of which were at the top grades of 9 – 6 including two grade 8s.

Charlotte Lavender           9 excellent passes, eight of which were the top grades of 9 – 6 including a distinction star and three grade 7s.

Tate Barnes                        9 excellent passes, six of which were at the top grades of 9 – 6 including one distinction star, one distinction and one grade 7.

Shumaya Begum              9 excellent passes, 8 of which were at the top grades of 9 – 6, including one distinction star and one grade 7.

Head teacher Kate Greig said: “These are fantastic results and we are enormously proud or our students.  We have brilliant staff who work so hard to ensure the students achieve the best possible grades they can but the students deserve the real praise for working so hard and for showing real resilience and determination.”

The following students made outstanding progress, achieving on average, a grade or more higher in every subject than students of the same ability nationally: James Protopapas, Aidan Broadley, Corey Austin, William Cespedes-Stewart, Toby Copper, Danny Gilbert-Wynde, Abbie Greetham, Paulina Gruzdziunaite, Tyler Knaves, Emelia Oliver-Hendy and Freya Roberts.

Vicky Willis, Head of School, said: “We are thrilled with our students’ achievements. The vast majority have been successful in gaining places on courses of their choice for September and we are delighted that many are able to stay on in our sixth form and build on this success studying the brilliant IBCP.  A huge thank you must go to the amazing staff team for their relentless hard work in preparing students and building their confidence.”

The excellent GCSE examination results come on the back of the superb IBCP sixth form results the Year 13 students achieved last week. King Ethelbert remains one of the highest performing non-selective schools in Kent.

Chatham & Clarendon Grammar

Year 11 students at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School are celebrating a fantastic set of GCSE grades with 23% at Grade 9-8 or A* equivalent, 42% at Grades 9-7 A*-A and 91% at Grades 9-4 A* -C. Special congratulations to the 34 Students who gained 8 or more GCSE’s at the top grades.

Head teacher Debra Liddicoat said: “Despite changes to GCSE’s over the past couple of years to make them more rigorous, it is evident from these results that our students have risen to the challenge and their hard work has paid off; they should be rightly proud of their achievements. Staff are also to be congratulated on the hard work, support and encouragement they have provided to students over the past two years to help them gain these results.”

Pavel Liwoski 8 grade 9’s, 2 grade 8’s 1A* 1A^

Shiam Srikumar 8 grade 9’s, 1 grade 8, 1 grade 7, 1A^

Sophia Pegden 8 grade 9’s, 2 grade 8’s 1A

Nicole McCorry 7 grade 9’s, 2 grade 8’s, 1 grade 7 1A

Millie Mileham 7 grade 9’s, 1 grade 8, 2 grade 7’s 1B

Melissa Palmer 7 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s 1A

Tom Piggott 7 grade 9’s, 2 grade 8’s, 1 grade 7 1A

Emily Baker 4 grade 9’s, 2 grade 8’s 3 grade 7’s. 1 grade 6 and 1C

Daniel Gomez Da Costa 4 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s, 2 grade 7’s 1 grade 6

Alex Lawless 4 grade 9’s, 4 grade 8’s, 2 grade 6

Charlie Satchwell 4 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s 3 grade 7’s 1A

Sammy Wu 4 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s, 2 grade 7’s, 1A*, 1A

James Butler 3 grade 9’s 5 grade 8’s, 1 grade 7 1 grade 5, 1B

Eugene Cullen 3 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s, 1 grade7, 1 grade 6, 2 grade 5’s

Ekatherina Pencheva 3 grade 9’s, 4 grade 8’s, 2 grade 7, 1B

Brady Smith 3 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s, 3 grade 7’s, 1 grade 6, 1A

Jack Cave 2 grade 9’s, 4 grade 8’s, 3 grade7’s 1 grade 6, 1B

Noah Dodson 2 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s, 4 grade 7’s, 1 grade 6, 1B

Abhiq Ismat 2 grade 9’s, 3 grade 8’s, 3 grade 7’s 1 grade 6, 1 grade 4, 1B

Eve Blythe Adams 2 grade 9’s, 2 grade 8’s, 5 grade 7’s, 1 grade 6, 1C

Alfie Manville 1 grade 9, 7 grade 8’s, 1 grade 7, 1 grade 5, 1A

Tamzin Myburgh 1 grade 9, 4 grade 8’s, 4 grade 7’s, 1 grade 6

The majority of students will be returning to 6th Form to embark on A Level or equivalent Level 3 courses or other local schools and colleges.

St Lawrence College

St Lawrence College pupils have been amassing top GCSE grades, with 32% of all results at the equivalent of A*-A and 64% the equivalent of A*-B.

Top performer Olivia gained six 9s, two 8s and two 7s, whilst local pupils Sam, Tom and Honor all gained at least nine GCSEs at grades 7 to 9.

A number of pupils came in to collect their results and to celebrate with friends, classmates, teachers and delighted parents.

Olivia Binfield, a pupil at St Lawrence College since she started in the nursery, was delighted with her top results and had been up since 3am waiting on the outcome.  She said: “I was really nervous but wanted to wait to come in to the school to get them in person rather than checking online. I am so pleased as it means I can go on to do sciences and English in the 6th form so I can hopefully achieve my dream of becoming a zoologist.”

Olivia has been passionate about this career from a young age, and delighted the judges on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2011 at the age of 7 when she delivered a poem about protecting animals accompanied by her pet snake, Lucy.

Principal Antony Spencer said: “I’m particularly pleased that this high performance was across the ability range, with the overall pass rate increasing by 2% to 91%, and over two-thirds of all pupils gaining at least one grade 7 or above.

“Following the recent opening of the fantastic new science facilities in the Canon Perfect Centre, it was pleasing to see science results leading the way, with 67% of Biology, Chemistry and Physics separate science results graded 7-9. “

The GCSE results follow the success of St Lawrence A-level pupils last week which saw them fulfil their potential in all subject areas with results which are sending them to some of the top universities in the country. With an increase in the pass rate of nearly 2%, to over 96%, and an increase in the A*-C rate to over 65%, there was plenty of cause for celebration.

Dane Court

Dane Court Grammar School has celebrated a stunning 11% of all entries being graded at 9, the very highest grade, and 46% at 9-7,-equivalent to the old A* and A grades. Twenty students gained grades 9-7 in all of their subjects and 85% secured a strong pass in both English and Mathematics.

Divya Agrawal achieved nine grade 9s, as well as the top grade in Further Mathematics;

Zara Ahmed secured eight 9s, one 8 and an A*;

Aliya Andrews achieved six 9s and two other excellent grades;

Savina Angelova scored nine 9s and one A grade;

Elizabeth Barker-Martin achieved five 9s and five other high grades;

James Crompton gained five 9s and four other strong grades;

Sandra Eapen secured four 9s, an A* and five other top grades;

Sebastian Ghorbani scored six 9s and four other excellent grades;

Gabriella Giancola attained seven 9s, two 8s and one A grade;

Tanya Jha gained six 9s, three 8s and one A grade;

Benita Joseph scored five 9s and five other excellent grades;

Nikos Kouthouri-Whittaker achieved eight 9s, one 8 and an A*;

Ned Naisbitt gained four 9s and six other strong grades;

Radhika Odedra achieved seven 9s as well as three other top grades; Georgia Porter secured 10 excellent grades, including four 9s;

Lauren Rudloff achieved five 9s and five other excellent grades.

Rachel Rolls, assistant head teacher, said: “We’re incredibly proud of all the hard work that our students have put into their studies. They’ve been a pleasure to teach and we look forward to welcoming them back for the IB in September.”

Head of School, Martin Jones added: “These fantastic grades are the direct result of the students’ hard work and determination as well as excellent support from their families. I’m sure that the students would like to join me in thanking all of their teachers for their dedication and guidance over the last five years.”