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Bromley students celebrate bumper haul of GCSEs

PUBLISHED: 15:15 25 August 2010

Headmaster Nick Cross with jubilant GCSE students l-r Cerys Ambrose-Evans, Kate Richards, Isobel Eaton and Charley Davis

Headmaster Nick Cross with jubilant GCSE students l-r Cerys Ambrose-Evans, Kate Richards, Isobel Eaton and Charley Davis

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Youngsters from across the borough are celebrating after receiving some of the best GCSE results ever.

Thousands of pupils in Bromley anxiously opened their results on Tuesday to discover the outcome of months of hard work.

Nationally, 22.6 per cent of students who sat their GCSEs were awarded an A* and 69.1 percent of teenagers received a grade C or above.

At Bullers Wood School, in Logs Hill, Chislehurst, 205 of their 213 pupils bagged at least five A* to C grades, a 10 per cent increase on last year and the girls enjoyed some 301 A* grades.

One of the school’s biggest stars, 16-year-old Isobel Eaton, was delighted to discover she’d gained 12 A*s and one A grade.

Isobel, who will take up a place at St Olaves Grammar School’s sixth form next month, said: “I am just really, really shocked.

“I thought I had failed English as the exam was really hard, so it was a surprise when I opened the envelope.”

Her headmaster, Nick Cross, said: “On the back of the A-level results last week, these results are truly phenomenal. It reflects the hard work of all the teachers and the students and shows that hard work really does pay off.”

There were tears of joy and, in some cases, disappointment in school halls, as teenagers prepared for their A-levels, vocational work or employment.

Staff at Bishop Justus School, in Magpie Lane, Bromley, were congratulating their students after 82 per cent of them received at least five A* to C grades, while Kemnal Technology College, in Sevenoaks Way, Chislehurst, broke all of its own records with 80 per cent of students getting at least five A* to C grades, up from 72 per cent last year.

The independent Bromley High School, in Blackbrook Lane, Bickley, had a pleasant surprise when they discovered that 33 Year 11 pupils scored exclusively As and A*s.

Headmistress Louise Simpson said: “GCSEs are arguably tougher than A level, requiring pupils to spread themselves much more thinly across a range of subjects that might not be their particular passion.

“So to have so many girls celebrating successes across the board and so many subjects doing the same, we are thrilled!”

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