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Left to right Bromley High School students Sarah Olowofoyeku, Miranda Bubb-Humfryes , Vicki Arnott, Alexis Tymon.

Left to right Bromley High School students Sarah Olowofoyeku, Miranda Bubb-Humfryes , Vicki Arnott, Alexis Tymon.

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Thousands of teenagers received their A Level results this morning in what is expected to be one of the most competitive years for university places.

Thousands of teenagers received their A Level results in what is expected to be one of the most competitive years for university places.

It is also the first time the A* grade has been awarded to pupils, for those achieving over 90 per cent in their exams.

Five students at Bromley High School for Girls in Blackbrook Lane, Bickley, achieved straight A* grades. Staff at the school said Hannah Davies, Jenny Martin, Jess Oirschot, Alexis Tymon and Darcy Werner “fully deserved very warm congratulations” for their “incredible achievement.”

Head Louise Simpson, said: “I cannot congratulate the girls highly enough. This was a tense year with the introduction of the A*, we really did not know what effect it would have but the girls have surpassed our expectations and really risen to the challenge. They have all worked with huge commitment and are justly rewarded for their efforts. That so many of these grades are awarded in traditional, academic subjects which carry so much weight at the top level universities is significant too it means that our girls will have far greater choices available to them at university and beyond.”

Nationally one in 12 awarded was a top A* grade.

Meanwhile St Olave’s Grammar School in Goddington Lane, Orpington celebrated a record year for results. Some 96 per cent of papers achieved either A*, A or B grades, with 76 per cent obtaining either A or A*s.

Head teacher Tony Jarvis said: “These students and their teachers have worked incredibly hard to achieve these outstanding results which are well deserved.”

Mathematician Stephen Penney, 18, from Petts Wood secured his place at Cambridge with four A*s. He said: “I’m really happy. I’m pleased with the A* system as it gave me a chance to distinguish myself from everybody else but I wasn’t expecting four A*s.”

Pupils at Bullers Wood School, in Logs Hill, Chislehurst also achieved some of the top grades in the country. Student Cassie Cava, 18, from Chislehurst, who is off to Durham University to study Natural Sciences, said: “I’m delighted. I had hoped for three As so when I found out I got an A* in biology with full marks I was very surprised.”

Students from Orpington College also did exceptionally well. Victoria Millinship, 18, from Sydenham scored three A*s and has a place at Lancaster to study History and Politics, but she may decide to apply for an Oxbridge place next year. Joysen Goes, 20 from Orpington, achieved one A* and two As and is off to study Engineering at Imperial College.

He said: “I’m over the moon – my heartfelt thanks go out to all the lecturers who helped me get these amazing results.”

Principal, Simon Norton said: “I’m very proud of our students and staff for their outstanding results. We encourage all students to do their best and this has truly been demonstrated today.”

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