GCSEs: Charles Darwin students gain best ever pass rate

PUBLISHED: 09:56 22 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:54 22 August 2013

Sarah Baldon celebrates her excellent GCSE results

Sarah Baldon celebrates her excellent GCSE results


Students at Charles Darwin School in Biggin Hill celebrated their best ever GCSE pass rate this year.

Exactly 90 per cent of the 214 students who took GCSEs or equivalent examinations gained five A* to C grades while 77 per cent of pupils included English and maths in their five A* to Cs.

Head teacher Sunil Chotai said: “These are fantastic results and yet again a school best. Given the national context where marking and grading of examinations has this year become more rigorous (as widely publicised in the media), our students’ achievements are all the more impressive having again bucked the national trend and produced these improvements with some absolutely super overall outcomes.”

Beckenham’s Langley Park School for Girls celebrated another year of excellent GCSE results as 97 per cent of students claimed five A* to C grades.

Almost 85 per cent gained five A* to C’s including English and maths.

More than 20 girls achieved all A* and A’s, including Sarah Baldon with 9 A* and three A grades and Daisy Hugkulstone and Faith Hawthorn with 8 A* and 4 A grades.

Head teacher Dr Anne Hudson said: “The girls’ achievements are amazing, and I am so proud of them and their teachers.

“I am also particularly thrilled with our results for the English Baccalaureate which 59% of the girls have achieved. This puts us in the top 1% of schools.”

Students did exceptionally well at Newstead Wood in Bromley where over 50 per cent gained the top grade in what some regard as the hardest subjects.

More than half the girls who took chemistry, Chinese and physics scooped A*s.

A* or A grades in 10 or more subjects were achieved by 36 pupils.

Head teacher Ben Greene said: “All subjects’ results are excellent but they are particularly pleasing in chemistry, Chinese and physics.”

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