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Bromley youngsters plan their future as A-level results arrive

PUBLISHED: 12:36 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:47 23 August 2016

Bromley High's Maddie Webster and Katerina Chrysostomou celebrate their results. Picture by Keith Larby/AK Photos

Bromley High's Maddie Webster and Katerina Chrysostomou celebrate their results. Picture by Keith Larby/AK Photos

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Record numbers of students are heading to universities this year

Youngsters in Bromley are planning their futures today as they receive their A-level results, with many hoping to join the record number of students heading to university.

At Bromley High, sixth-formers and their teachers celebrated another year of outstanding results with an impressive 85 per cent of results graded A*-B - grades that are prized by the country’s top universities.

Headmistress Angela Drew commented: “We are thrilled by these outstanding results for a wonderful year group who have very bright futures ahead of them.”

Head girl Katerina Chrysostomou celebrated straight As in maths, physics and biology.

“I’m so proud! It is such a relief!” she said. “I’m going to Sheffield to study Bio-Engineering. So exciting! Thank you to all the amazing teachers at Bromley High for supporting me.”

A total of 85 students took A2 examinations at Charles Darwin School, Biggin Hill, across a broad range of subjects.

The overall school pass rate this year was 98 per cent, of which more than 70 per cent were at grades A*-C and 40 per cent at A*-B.

Head teacher Mr Sunil Chotai said: “Sixth Form students at Charles Darwin School have again achieved some very good results which are a tribute to the work and commitment of both students and teaching staff.”

Orpington’s Newstead Wood School improved on last year’s results, with 55 per cent of pupils achieving A* and A grades, and 32 per cent getting A*-A in three or four subjects.

Headteacher Nick Webb commented: “We are delighted for all of our students receiving results today. Our results are an increase on last year and testament to the hard work and determination of students and staff alike.”

Harris Academy, Beckenham, achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, with 37 per cent of entries receiving A*-B grades.

Sixth-former Anna Williams was celebrating winning a football scholarship at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she will study Mechanical Engineering.

She achieved A grades in maths and biology and an A* in PE, grades that will enable her to break into a profession that is still dominated by men.

Rebecca Hickey, executive principal of the academy, said: “This year we have students going to a number of top UK universities, including Durham and Warwick. I am delighted with the achievements of our sixth formers.

“Anna has been an exemplary student, having made an impact academically and through sport. Her opportunity to study in the US will be life-changing. Everybody at Harris Academy Beckenham wishes her the best of success.”

At a national level, there has been a fall in the number of pupils achieving top grades for the fifth year in a row, with 25.8 per cent of entrants scoring either an A or A*, down from 25.9 per cent in 2015.

Figures show the gap in attainment between boys and girls is narrowing, with the number of girls who got A or higher 0.3 percentage points more than the number of boys - a drop of 2.6 percentage points since 2006.

A record number of students is heading for university this year, with 424,000 placed in higher education as of midnight - up three per cent on last year’s figure.

Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS chief executive, said: “This is a big day for hundreds of thousands of young people who have chosen to kick start their adult life with higher education – well done to all of them.

“I’m particularly pleased to see the first small signs of improvement for young men, although they are still too far behind.”

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