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Thanks to all the schools and students who have shared their news and pictures with us today - and well done all on some fantastic grades.
Have fun if you're celebrating your results, and good luck with whatever you're going on to next.
Gemma Longhurst, 16, and Megan Brady, 16, share a celebratory hug at Sydenham School.
Danielle Nwanji, Jadine Appiah, Chantah Dorival, all 16, at Sydenham School today.
Students at Babington House School in Chislehurst saw their hard work rewarded with excellent GCSE results.
Every pupil at Babington House achieved at least five GCSE’s at grades A* to C.
68 per cent had A* to B grades.
Deputy Head Girl Samantha Leighton was one of the year’s star performers with 9 A*s including IGCSE Maths.
Sam commented: "I am delighted that all the hard work has paid off."
Jane Douglas, Head Girl and Babington House School’s art scholar, achieved 100 per cent in every unit of her Fine Art GCSE.
Tim Lello Headmaster said: "Babington House is an outstanding school in every way.
"I am immensely proud to see such outstanding results across the board which reflect a lot of hard work from pupils, parents and staff, and provide a firm foundation for the girls’ future."
"We always rank very highly in the area’s league tables which is outstanding for a mixed ability school."
Big hugs for Amirah Martin, 16, and Mrs Sophia Martin at Bromley High.
Terrific twins Elise and Zoe Wiseman, aged 16, and Katherine and Rebecca Barrow, aged 15, celebrate their impressive results at Bromley High School.
For our north Kent students, it’s looking like they have performed well this year.
Early figures suggest the GCSE results across the county are the best ever and students in the county have significantly outperformed the national average.
According to Kent County Council (KCC), at least 66 per cent of students have achieved at least five A* to C grades including Maths and English.
This is a four per cent increase on last year and six per cent higher than last year’s national average.
KCC’s deputy cabinet member for education Councillor Michael Northey said: “Kent students have excelled themselves once again.
“To be bucking the national trend and showing improvements is a testament to the hard work of the students, their parents and also the teachers and leaders in the county’s schools.
“What really matters today is the students and how they can look forward to a great future, whatever they decide to do.”
There was more academic success being celebrated this week at Corelli College Co-operative Academy following a bumper crop of A Level results last week.
This week’s GCSE results saw a 7 per cent increase in the numbers of students gaining five plus GCSEs at A* - C grades including English and Maths. There was also an increase in the number of students gaining A* and A grades across a range of subject areas including Mathematics, English, Drama, Media, Sociology and IT.
Some of the most successful students were:
Dovydas Baublys – 4A*, 3A, 2B and 1 C grade
Percy Jacks – 1A*, 5A and 3B grades
Elizabeth Clements – 1A*, 8A and 2 B grades
Simon Mussika – 1A*, 6A, 1B and 1 C grade
Alice Lavery – 6A and 3B grades
Fionn Spelman – 5A, 4B and 1 C grade
Robert Mackay – 1A*, 2A and 6B grades
Carmen San – 2 A*, 7 A, 3 B and 1 C grade
Chloe Hearnden – 1A*, 3A, 2B and 2C grades
Jake Whiley – 3A, 6B and 2C grades
When asked about his results, Robert Mackay said: “I’m very happy with my A*. I’ve got big plans as I want to study Chemistry and Maths at sixth form then take a gap year in France.”
Elizabeth Clements said: “I was very nervous to begin with, but I’m really happy with my results as I’ve put in so much effort. I’m going to study veterinary science at sixth form as I want to be a vet, so these results have made my day.”
Principal Trisha Jaffe said: “I am delighted for our students who worked hard to achieve such a large rise. This is particularly significant in light of the drop nationally in outcomes in many subjects. Corelli students and staff bucked that trend”
http://t.co/MoVuIhvexT Look down to 2:44pm for BA's mention.— @BexleyheathA 22 August 2013
Following record A level results, Eltham College's GCSE results were also outstanding again this year.
73.9% of all entries scored an A* or A grade, compared to a national average of 21.3% (just 17.6% for boys).
Of these 41.6% were at A*, our second highest ever score, compared with a national average of 6.8% (5.3% for boys).
Fifteen boys achieved at least 10A*s and A grades and six of them achieved straight A*s – 12 each for Kofi Abaidoo, Adam Bowes, Ben Minett, 11 for Kieran Reed and Aran Tawana and 10 for Will George.
Erith School boasted 84 per cent of 327 students achieving five or more A*-C GCSE grades or equivalent and 43 per cent scoring 5A*-C grades including English and Mathematics.
High achievers include Rebecca Daramola who gained 7A* grades in English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and RE, an A grade in French and a B grade in English Language. She also achieved outstanding results in her vocational subjects gaining four Distinction* in Hospitality and three Distinction grades in IT.
Emily Gray gained two A* grades in Chemistry and Sociology, five A grades in English Language, Mathematics, Biology, History and RE, two B grades in English Literature and Physics including two Distinction* in Art and Design and a Pass in IT.
Katie Garner-Inglis notched eight A grades in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, History, Sociology and RE, a B grade in Biology also two Distinction* in Business and a Pass in IT.
Erith School's top four pupils with head of year and deputy head of year.
Top boy Alexander Smith achieved one A* grade in Mathematics, six A grades in English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History and RE, including two Distinction* in Business and a Distinction in IT.
Headteacher Brian Lloyd said: “There are a number of excellent results here and I am extremely pleased for those students who have worked very hard in order to achieve the grades they so richly deserve.
“I would also like to extend my grateful thanks to their parents and our staff who have supported them throughout their time here at Erith School.”
Pupils at Orchards Academy in Swanley saw 93 per cent of students achieve at least five A* to G grades.
Seventy per cent of students scored at least a grade C in maths – a 15 per cent improvement on last year following a particular focus on the subject in school.
Top performers include Medinah Kazeem who gained five A*, four As and one B and Amy Vinton who scored one A*, four As, four Bs and a C.
Head teacher Natalie Willbourn said: “Good results enable young people to have a choice of options as they move on to the next stage of their lives and all of us at Orchards Academy wish these fantastic students every success for the future.”
Staff at St Catherine’s Catholic School in Bexleyheath are “thrilled” with today’s GCSE results.
More than 80 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades including English and maths.
Headteacher Patricia Slonecki said: “We are all thrilled, it is a very turbulent time in education at present and our students have performed remarkably well.
“St Catherine’s is a happy school where everyone works together.
“I must also express my thanks to the staff who are so committed to ensuring the girls achieve the very best possible outcomes.”
Sedgehill School students and staff were delighted with yet another year of record breaking results as over 75 per cent of Year 11 students secured five or more GCSE C grades or better.
All previous school records were broken as 52 per cent of students achieved 5A*-C grades including English and maths while the largest ever number of students progressed from the sixth form on to university.
A*-A results were particularly impressive with 10 per cent of students gaining 5A*- A and 30 per cent achieving 5A*-B.
Notable individual successes include Amlan Banaji who achieved 11A*s, Uosaf Farhang who achieved 8A*s & 3As, Joel Lewis who achieved 8A*s & 2As and San Tong Li 7As*and 4As.
Head teacher Ken Mackenzie said "I am so proud of the students and the staff for all that they have achieved. This has been a huge collective effort over two years and it is fantastic to see all the effort translate into exam result success. Well done to everyone.
"Our motto at Sedgehill is working together to build bright futures and I can definitely say we have achieved that with these exam results."
Bromley College has recorded an achievement rate of 98 per cent this year, 3 per cent above the national rate for achievement.
Bebhinn Grant, 17, achieved an A in film studies, Bs in history and sociology and a C in maths.
She said: "I’m really happy with my results.
"I was home educated and the transition to College has been fine; it’s a really nice here and I’m so glad I came.
"I’m hoping to now study for my A Levels in Sociology, Psychology, English and Film studies here."
Alison Arnaud, Head of Academy for A Levels and GCSEs, said: "We are very proud of our GCSE students’ achievements this year.
"For some of our students this has been a second chance after poor results at school. Their results today will now enable them to move onto the next stage of their education, with many going on to Level 3 courses like A Levels or BTEC Nationals."
At Crown Woods College, 92 per cent of pupils secured five A*-C grades with 58 per cent including English and Maths.
Principal Michael Murphy praised pupils commitment and added: "I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate our year 11 pupils on some brilliant GCSE results this year."
Top performers include Ken Diep who achieved A* in maths, further maths, biology, chemistry, physics and A grades in English, history, Spanish, business, citizenship and RE.
Lucrece Wasolua achieved A* grades in maths, further maths, French, biology, chemistry, physics, A grades in geography, English literature, Spanish, sociology, citizenship and RE.
Tassia Longmore who achieved A grades in English, maths, further maths, English literature, geography, RE, citizenship, biology, chemistry and physics and B grades in sociology and Spanish.
Students at Thamesview School in Gravesend broke all school records in 2013, according to headteacher Harry Ingham.
Fifty-two per cent of students have achieved 5A*-C GCSE grades including English and maths, with 88 per cent scoring 5A*-C GCSE grades or equivalent.
Star performers include Charlie Collier with 3A*, 2As and 2Bs among his 16 GCSEs; Hayleigh Cutmore with 16 passes including an A grade in Science; Charlotte Hall with 17 GCSEs and Anastasija Kravcenko who took 15.
Thamesview headteacher Harry Ingham.
Mr Ingham said: “This is a dramatic increase on previous results and a huge achievement considering the national context of tougher exams.
“I would like to sincerely thank all our staff for their hard work over the year and Governors for their continued support. I am very proud of the high quality teaching and care, guidance and support that we offer to all students at Thamesview.
“I would also like to say well done to our Year 10 students, 55 per cent of whom gained an A*-C grade in their English GCSE this year.
“Our students have shown that with hard work and a belief in their own abilities they can set high targets for themselves and achieve their goals. Well done to all our students on excellent results.”
And this is Gloria Ukoh, who achieved seven top grades with starred distinctions in business and media.
She said: “I am so happy and jumping for joy.
“It just shows that if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything.”
At Thomas Tallis, 65 per cent of students have achieved fiveor more A*-C grades including English and Maths. Ninety-five per cent achieved five or more A*-C grades, and 21 per centof students achieved the EBACC.
There were some outstanding performances by individual students who included:
Rhianna McGill 12 A*A Grades (6 A*s 6 As)
Elias Bhebe 11 A*A Grades (1 A* 4 Distinction* Grades 6 As)
Tommy Shields 11 A*A Grades (3 A*s 2 Distinction* Grades 4 As and 2 Distinction Grades)
Douglas Greig, Acting Head of School commented: "These are excellent results and we are all very proud of the young people at Tallis who now have the qualifications they need to continue their education and training.
"None of this would have happened without the hard work and dedication of the students themselves, combined with the unstinting support they’ve had from the teaching and support staff at Tallis."
We have some pictures from Meopham School too.
This is top performer Ashley Cousins – a long-standing cast member of West End show Billy Elliott – who celebrated four A* grades including English and performing arts.
He said: “I am ecstatically happy with what I have achieved.”
Bexleyheath Academy ended a week to remember with a record-breaking set of GCSE results for the fifth year in succession.
Having beaten the school’s best ever A-level scores last Thursday, Year 11 pupils recorded 99 per cent five A* to C grades today.
It was up 6 per cent on last year with every one of the 331 students securing five A*-G.
Headteacher Carl Wakefield said: “We are so proud of this set of results in particular however as this year group has been through so much over the past six months after losing two of its students in Philip Lamin and Jamie-Leigh Lynch.
“To have to deal with two such traumatic situations at the beginning and in the middle of their key revision and actual examination period was a real challenge.
“However, the class of 2008-13 pulled together, looked after each other, stayed strong and came through these tragic times to do themselves, the Academy, their families and perhaps above all, Jamie-Leigh and Philip proud.
“They are indeed a very special group of young people who have been extremely well led and looked after by their pastoral leads, Mrs Boswell and Mrs Bristow, and will without doubt go on to become extremely successful in their future careers.
"I am honoured to be associated with both this year group and their staff and feel these set of results are both well-earned and thoroughly deserved.”
Over at Meopham School, the GCSE results were up on last year
Fifty-seven per cent of students achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and maths – a 16 per cent rise on last year.
Head teacher Matthew Munro said: “These excellent results are due reward for the hard work of students and staff.
“It shows what the transformational effect of the changes and the renewed focus on the core subjects has been.”
St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School in Eltham managed an 86 per cent rate for good GCSEs with English and Maths.
Gabrielle Johnston got 11 A*s and one A while Helena Wood managed 10 A*s and two As.
The John Roan has got its best ever results, with 96 per cent of students passing five or more subjects at A*-C . And 78 per cent obtained a C or more in Maths, 71per cent in English, with 65 per cent achieving both.
Top performers were Nimesh Subedi with eight A* and five As, Ella Statham with six A*s and six As and Christina Ashworth with 6 A*s and 3 As
Headteacher Des Malone said: "Congratulations to these and all our successful students - a tribute to the incredible hard work of both students and staff and the tremendous support of parents."
Students at the Leigh Technology Academy, Longfield Academy and Wilmington Academy have all celebrated their best ever GCSE results today.
Each of the academies – which are part of the Leigh Academies Trust – have enjoyed results above the national average for the first time too for the number of students achieving five A* to C grades, including English and maths.
Youngsters at Wilmington Academy saw 70 per cent of students achieve five A* to C grades including English a maths, a huge rise on the 58 per cent this time last year.
Longfield Academy saw the same statistic rise from 51 per cent to 68 per cent.
CEO of the trust Frank Green said: “I am thrilled that students across the Trust, in all academies, have achieved so well this year.
“The outcomes have been richly deserved through the hard work and dedication of the students and teachers at each academy, and the support that they receive at home.
“The results demonstrate that the Trust is going from strength to strength and having such a positive impact on the future of so many young people.”
He added: “The ability of the academies within the Trust to work together and share best practice has benefitted students at all three academies.
“We look forward working with many of these successful students on the next stage of their careers, and welcome them into our highly successful sixth forms this September.”
Hayes School used Olympic slogan 'getting better never stops' to motivate everyone for this year's GCSEs, which have seen 81.5 per cent of students achieve five GCSEs at A* to C including English and Maths.
This is not only the highest result the school has ever achieved, but it is the first time the school has broken the 80 per cent barrier.
Over 25 students achieved at least 8 A* and A grades with Mikaela D’Arcy-Smith and Sarah Kelly achieving 10 A*’s.
95 per cent of students achieved 5 A* to C and 98 per cent 5 A*to G.
Principal Kieran Osborne said: "To achieve over 80% 5 A* to C with English and Maths has been a target of Hayes School for several years and to finally exceed this is testimony to the ability and incredible hard work of students and staff and the total support of parents and carers.
"These students can now progress to the next stage of their career with confidence and ambition.
“To buck the national trend of declining results is a real achievement and to see the joy on the faces of students who have achieved and exceeded their targets is a privilege and joy.
"We are determined to continue this improvement."
At Eltham Hill, 72 per cent of pupils got five or more A* to Cs including English and maths.
The school says this year's figure is a 15 per cent increase since last year at Eltham Hill School and the greatest improvement in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
Pupil Samira Aoumeur achieved 10 A*/As and three Bs said while Tracy Ha achieved 11A*/As and one B.
Principal Madeleine Griffin said: "I am extremely proud of our girls and their achievements this summer; they have shown dedication and commitment both in their studies and in their contributions to the life of the school.
"The high attainment of our students and their outstanding progress reflects the hard work of students and staff.
"There have been many outstanding individual achievements but what matters most is the progress of each student. My congratulations go to the students and my gratitude to the teachers and parents who have supported them so well in their preparations for these examinations."
Results at Bromley High have continued to improve this year, despite a national picture of declining top grades at GCSE.
73 per cent of all grades were A and A*, with 30 girls scoring only A and A* grades.
36 per cent of the total were A* and 73 per cent A* and A combined.
Taking the B grades into account, the year group scored a stunning 92.3% across all subjects.
Latin, Music and PE all scored 100 per cent A and A* and five departments scored over 90 per cent A and A*; biology, chemistry, geography, German and RS.
Special congratulations must go to the pupils who scored only A* grades; they are Sarah Christie, Myma Enchill-Yawson, Laura Kruszewski and Emma Ptak.
Head Louise Simpson, said: "We are delighted that the girls have been so richly rewarded for their efforts this year.
"There has been so much doom and gloom around the examinations process, but the sun has certainly shone on our hardworking and determined year 11 girls.
"They have been brilliantly supported by excellent teachers and their families and they deserve to celebrate their successes today. Well done to them all."
Feels like yesterday I was collecting my results from Dartford Grammar.. I was so shocked and pleased - you should all be too. Good luck!xx— @oliviaxdevyea 22 August 2013
Fewer GCSEs were awarded at least a C grade this year, fuelled by a rise in the numbers of pupils sitting exams early and multiple times, it is reported
Bishop Justus Church of England School in Bromley has secured record outcomes in this year's GCSEs.
87 per cent of students achieved 5 A* to C grades, with 67 per cent achieving 5 A* to C including English and Mathematics, the best in the school’s history.
28 per cent of all grades achieved by students were at A* or A grade, above the national average.
Leading the way for the girls was Lucie Fabb with 8 A*s and 6 As and for the boys, Jerry Chacko with 10 A*s and 2 As.
Head teacher Kathy Griffiths said "This year's results are testimony to the high performance culture established across the board at Bishop Justus.
"I am delighted with the school’s continued improvement in grades for all students.
"I would like to congratulate all our students on their GCSE successes.
"There have been a record number of individual success stories this year; we are proud of each and every one of our students’ achievements and thankful to staff and parents who have continuously supported them on their journey to these highly successful outcomes."
The Priory School in Tintagel Road, Orpington, is once again celebrating excellent GCSE exam results after all 218 students achieved a minimum of five A* to C grades.
Notable successes were Owen Harcombe with 14 A*or A grades, while Norviewu Dzimega achieved 12 A*or A grades and Abbie Wickens achieved 10.
Head teachers Gill Lamb and Neil Miller said: “Once again the results demonstrate the amount of effort the students and staff have shown throughout the year to achieve our goal of 100 per cent of students gaining five A* to C.
“Together with our good A Level results, it is clear The Priory School is providing all our students with an excellent education.”
And last but not least from Townley Grammar we have Omolefe Ohioma with her results envelope - well done to everyone!
Next up we have Modupeola Olawande with her page of results. She achieved eight A* grades and four A grades - good effort Modupeola!
Here come some pictures from Townley Grammar School in Bexleyheath - this is Ella Hollis with her results envelope.
We’ve just had an update from Townley Grammar School in Bexleyheath, who we featured on the blog much earlier this morning.
All students achieved five or more A* to C grades, with 23 students achieving all A* and A grades.
Star performers included Kamile Matulenaite and Tanya Nour. Kamile achieved 11 A*s and Tanya obtained 12 A* grades and an A in Additional Maths.
Headteacher Desmond Deehan added: “We would like to congratulate all our students whose results reflect the hard work and the commitment that each one has invested into their studies over the last two years.”
Pupils at Mayfield Grammar School in Gravesend achieved “exceptional” results this year.
Seventeen per cent of all results were graded as an A* whilst 50 per cent were either A* or A.
On top of that, 99.39 per cent of entrants at the Pelham Road school achieved five or more A* to E grades including English and maths.
An astounding 18 students enjoyed all A* and A grades too.
Headteacher Elaine Wilson said: “These exceptional results are a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers.
"I would like to congratulate all of our students on their excellent results and look forward to welcoming them to our sixth form.”
STAFF at Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College are extremely pleased with the students’ GCSE achievements this year.
71 per cent of its pupils achieved five or more A* to C grades including English and maths.
Overall, 83 per cent of the college's students gained at least five A* to C grades with 22 per cent of all grades A*/A and 69 per cent of students achieving at least one A.
College principal Declan Jones said: “Students and staff have worked exceptionally hard this year to achieve this excellent set of results. I am very proud that all our students with their Haberdashers’ passport of qualifications have been well prepared and are able to access post 16 education.”
Some individual students also achieved truly outstanding results with 11 gaining 12 A*-A grades
GCSE students are celebrating at Colfe's today after achieving 53.7 per cent A*/A, the school’s second consecutive increase with Maths and Science among the top performing departments.
These impressive results, which saw A* to B pass rates hitting just over 80 per cent were achieved against a national picture of declining grades for a second year in a row.
Headmaster Richard Russell said "I am delighted that our students have had another highly successful year at GCSE, especially given the Government’s intention to toughen up subjects like Science and Maths.
The overall percentage of top grades at Colfe’s was up this year which seems to have bucked the national trend. The work ethic in this year group was as strong as I remember, with many of them coming in to work in the school library during the Easter break under the supervision of volunteer teachers."
What a great day! So nice seeing so many students achieving the grades they deserve. Well done— @BexleyheathA 22 August 2013
Big congratulations to Plumstead Manor, where 85 per cent of girls achieved five or more grades at A* to Cs.
16 per cent of all grades were at A*/A and 18 students were especially delighted as they gained eight or more passes at A*/A. Among the latter were Ayomide Olubummo, who managed 13 A* or A grades, and Emily Butler who secured 12.
Headteacher Sue Flanagan said "We are very pleased with the achievements of our girls. This is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of both students and staff. Despite the challenges of our building works these fantastic results show that good learning continues at Plumstead Manor School.
"Our girls’ good efforts, focus and determination have been reflected in this super set of results and I know that they and their families will be delighted, as are we."
Ninety-nine per cent of pupils at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School achieved at least five A*to Cs including English and Maths.
Headteacher Nigel Walker said: "GCSE results have continued the excellent trend of results this summer with the percentage of grades achieved at A*/A increased and 50 students with an average of an A grade across all their subjects.
"These excellent results reflect the very hard work of students and staff and I am delighted for all concerned."
The boys of Hurstmere School have achieved the best ever set of GCSE results in the school’s history this year, with more than 60 per cent achieving the headline figure of five A* to C including English and Mathematics.
There were some outstanding individual successes, with Naavalan Umashanker, Ben Matthews, Sam Nunn , Nathan Deacon and Ross Phillips all gaining at least 7 A* or A grades in their sets of results.
Well done to all the boys who received their results!
Beths Grammar School’s results have reached News Shopper towers.
Every pupil achieved at least five A* to C grades with 58 per securing at least five A*-A grades.
Joe Munday achieved two As at AS and 11 A* and 1A at GCSE.
Alex Sharpington scored three As at AS and 10A* at GCSE.
Alex Amato bagged three As at AS, seven A* and three As at GCSE.
Harry Hamblin got three As at AS, five A* and two As at GCSE.
Headteacher, Mr Skinner said: “Once again I am extremely pleased with this year’s results and delighted that our students were realising their potential in achieving their A* and A grades.
“I congratulated all the students on their excellent achievement and looks forward to welcoming them back to our sixth form in September.”
This Summer Bonus Pastor Catholic College in Winlaton Road, Bromley, received some excellent GCSE results with 80 per cent of students achieving five A*to C grades and 63 per cent receiving five A*to C grades with Maths and English.
Maths results were particularly good with 78 per cent of students achieving at least their C grade.
All the 152 students in Year 11 are going on to a 6th form or a college to continue their education.
Particular well done to five top achieving students: twins Justice and Justin Duruanyanwu who between them achieved 15 A* grades and 8 A grades, and Adeaze Siwoniku who achieved seven A*s and five A grades.
Vanessa McAuliffe got three A*s, eight As and two Bs and Mantas Naslenas who achived two A*s, seven A grades, four Bs and one C.
Pupils at Bexley Grammar School are celebrating a record year. In total 21 per cent of students scored straight A*s and 60.2 per cent all A* and As.
Students took 12 subjects including two languages, the three separate science subjects, Mathematics, English Language, English Literature and RS plus three others.
The following nine students gained six or more A* grades.
Louis Weymont and Adrian Bambur opening their results
Martina Arandjelovic 12A*
Fatima Lee 11A* + A
Oluwanifemi Olusola-Ojo 11A* + 1A
Anveer Sodhi 11A* + 1A
Jason Ly 10A* + 2A
Mary Odonkor 10A* + 2A
Headteacher John Welsh said: “Our Year 11 students have been a joy to work with throughout their time at the school and their co-operation and positive attitude has been repaid by these excellent results. Congratulations!”
(L-R) Millie Rodgers, Lucinda Middleton, Victoria James, Charlie Parker and Abbie Pickering
Forest Hill School has once again achieved its best-ever GCSE results.
It saw 89 per cent of the year getting five or more A*-C grades and , 67 per cent awarded five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths.
Notable successes include Jared Ndisang and Joe Martin, who both achieved 10 A*-A grades, while Sam Turpin, Cealladh Sullivan-Drage, Sam Thompson, Matthew Riley, Jude Woodhead and Peter Jamieson all achieved eight or more grades at A*/A.
Headteacher Steve Brady commented said: "These are an exceptionally pleasing set of results evidencing Forest Hill’s sustained improvement over time and our real expertise in raising boys’ achievement.
"The results are the culmination of tireless endeavour and determination by the boys and their teachers to be as successful as possible.
"I am delighted that the majority of the boys have now chosen to continue their studies at our Sixth Form (SFH6)."
The scores for Cleeve Park School in Sidcup are in...and it’s a great news as the school has recorded its best ever GCSE results.
The number of pupils bagging five or more A*-C grades including English and Maths is up 10 per cent from last year.
Meanwhile the English department recorded a whopping 15 per cent increase in A*-C grades from 2012.
Headteacher Jenni Tyler-Maher (far right in picture) said “I am extremely proud of the achievement of all of our young people and look forward to welcoming them back to our successful sixth form in September."
Pupils at Charles Darwin School in Jail Lane, Biggin Hill, have achieved the best ever GCSE pass rate for the school this year.
An impressive 90 per cent achieved five A* to C grades.
Head teacher Sunil Chotai said: “These are fantastic results and yet again a school best and I am confident the 69 per cent five A*to C grades (including English and Maths) will exceed 70 per cent once several remarks are included.
“Special mention goes to Grace Beegan who achieved 13 A* or A grades and Bradley Clegg, Leah Sims, Rhys Wrenn and Ashley Nowers who all achieved 10 A*or A grades.”
“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.”
@NewsShopper Proud of #GCSE results here at Sydenham High http://t.co/2X2Xdun9YN. Lots of A*s floating around! http://t.co/W6HUdVVMy0— @SydenhamHigh 22 August 2013
And the last of the happy looking students from Longfield Academy. Here we have Alice Warner, who achieved two As, four Bs and five Cs, Holly Snellin, who achieved four A*s, one A and six Cs and Emma Holmes, who achieved six As, one B and six Cs. Well done to everyone at Longfield Academy!
Here come the girls from Longfield Academy - it's Laura Duckworth and Megan West. Laura achieved two A*s, four As, three Bs and three Cs whilst Megan was awarded four A*s, two As, two Bs and three Cs.
So proud of Blackheath Bluecoat pupils getting record 70% 5 good GCSEs! http://t.co/N0z6ZtKSKV http://t.co/oPkM2V8GS5— @DavidPrescott 22 August 2013
This is Longfield Academy student Kieran Neal, who achieved an impressive 10 Bs and five C grades. Well done Kieran!
We have some photographs in from Longfield Academy, which we'll be bringing your way in a few the minutes.
The first is of Jay Titterrell, who scored four A*s, three As and seven Bs. Here he is with his mum.
Students at Wilmington Grammar School for Boys are celebrating after achieving the highest average grades in the school’s history.
A total of 97 per scored at least five A*-C grades including English and Maths with half of pupils gaining five or more A*/A grades including Callum Sarrecino who achieved straight A* grades in every subject.
Mr Williamson, the school’s headteacher, said: “A significant contributing factor to the success of our results has been how the students, staff and parents have all worked together to raise expectations, support their learning at school and at home whilst ensuring they still enjoy their school life and keep up with their hobbies and other interests.
“I am very pleased with the school’s results setting new records in a year when nationally grades have fallen slightly.”
Excitement was in the air as Farringtons School pupils gathered this morning to find out their results.
Overall there were 84 per cent rate of A* to C so there was much to celebrate.
Rosie Weller and Emily Morgan-Elphick, both aged 16, are celebrating their results (below).
5597 is Eloise Sommerville (left) and Isabella Wadhams, both just turned 16
The school in Perry Street, Chislehurst, has pupils from overseas who join the GCSE Course with limited English, but who work hard to gain excellent results as well as learning and improving their English Language skills.
Sung YI Kim from Korea gained four A*s, four As and two Bs.
Jun Wang from China, who joined Farringtons in 2011, gained ten GCSEs, all between A* and C and Haja Kanu from Sierra Leone, gained eleven GCSEs, all A or A*.
Other local notable achievements include Hannah Cumpson, Rebecca Keating, Rosie Weller who all gained at least eight As or A*s.
Eloise Sommerville and Isabella Wadhams, both 16, are excited about their results (below).
Head mistress Catherine James said: "As a wide ability school, we celebrate all our pupils’ achievements as we know that everyone has worked hard and done their best to earn their well-deserved results."
The GCSE results have just reached News Shopper HQ from Blackfen School for Girls.
It’s been another great year at the Blackfen Road school, with 95 per cent of students being awarded five A* to C grades.
Almost 75 per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades including maths and English whilst 25 per cent of entrants gained at least three A* or A grades.
Headteacher Matthew Brown said: “I am delighted with these excellent results.
“Our students have worked extremely hard and deserve the fantastic grades they have achieved.
“The results have been achieved due to a real team effort – students, staff, parents and governors have worked hard together to ensure success.”
At Sydenham High School 67 per cent of students gained A*-A grades and 26 per cent achieved specifically A*s, with four girls - Eleanor Blair, Emma Christianson, Alex Terrieux-Taylor and Christina Wimpory – all achieving the magic number of ten A* grades.
The top performing subject areas this year were Maths, Statistics, Science, History, Latin, ICT, Drama and DT.
The percentage of A* to B grades increased to 93 per cent and the mean number of Ato C grades also increased.
Headteacher Kathryn Pullen said: "This is a tremendous achievement for our girls, particularly in a year when it has been harder than ever to score top grades. These grades give them a great basis to go on to A Level study and beyond."
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Beckenham's Langley Park School for Girls has achieved record GCSE results this year, with 83 per cent of students gaining 5 or more including English and Maths.
238 girls took the exams, all of them gaining 5 or more A* - G grades.
97 per cent achieved 5 A* - C grades overall.
21 girls achieved A* and A grades in every single subject, including Sarah Baldon with 9 A* and three 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 ‘E Bacc’ (the combination of courses the government and universities value most) which 59 per cent of the girls have achieved.
"This puts us in the top 1 per cent of schools.
"Last year’s EBacc national average was 18 per cent."
Harris Academy Greenwich bagged record GCSE results, with 82 per cent of students achieving 5A*-C including maths and English - an increase of 9 per cent on last year.
The academy was previously known as Eltham Foundation School before being taken over by the Harris Federation last summer.
A spokesman said: "This is a fantastic achievement by our students and is not only a reflection of their positive attitudes and hard work, but of our highly skilled staff here who are totally committed to the transformation of our pupils, regardless of ability or background.
"With pace, purpose and pride at the heart of everything we do, our academy aims to provide our local community with the outstanding school it deserves."
Good luck to all the young people in Bexley collecting their GCSE results today.— @HWBexley 22 August 2013
It’s also a record year at Saint George’s Church of England School in Gravesend.
Ninety-four per cent of students at the Meadow Road school achieved five or more A* to C grades.
The school has seen a seven per cent increase in the number of students being rewarded with five or more GCSEs, including English and maths, than last year.
Headteacher Anne Southgate said: “The number of A* and A grades has risen considerably, against the national trend, with 37.5 per cent of students achieving five or more A* and A grades.
“Many students have strings of the highest grades and overall, students have made exceptional progress from their starting points when they joined us in Year 7.”
Students have celebrated at Townley Grammar School in Bexleyheath this morning.
A total of 85 per cent of students achieved A* and B grades, whilst 59 per cent were awarded with A* and A grades.
Eighty-one per cent also achieved the English Baccalaureate.
Headteacher Desmond Deehan said: “Congratulations to all our students on their GCSE results.
“They have made a major contribution to the life of the school over the last five years and thoroughly deserve the recognition for their hard work.”
This year 75 per cent of grades at Newstead Wood School, Orpington, were A* or A.
The school achieved particularly results pleasing in Chemistry, Chinese and Physics, where over 50% of students achieved A*, and in Biology, Chemistry, Chinese, Textiles, Drama, Maths, Music, Physics and RS where over 80% of students achieved either A* or A.
Four students achieved A* in all of their subjects.
Head teacher Elizabeth Allen said: "Newstead encourages all of its students to enrich their learning at Key Stage 4, and alongside their GCSE results many students have also secured AS, Music and Personal Finance certification.
"This considerably enhances their achievements at Key Stage 4, broadening their skills and better preparing them for advanced studies.
"Congratulations and thanks are also due to our expert specialist staff and to our most supportive parents."
At Blackheath Bluecoat School a whopping 70 per cent of pupils got five good GCSEs including English and Maths - an 11 per cent rise on last year.
It means that since the school, which is being closed by Greenwich Council next summer, went into federation in January 2009, it has more than doubled its GCSE figures from just 31 per cent.
Oustanding students include Brefo Gyasi who achieved 14 A*-Cs, including 7 A* or A grades, and Olateju Gbadamosi who achieved 13 A*-C grades, including 7 A* or As.
Headteacher Barnaby Ash said: "We are delighted that our pupils’ hard work has paid off.
"One of our main aims is to help our Year 11 pupils achieve their full academic potential and it is very pleasing that for the overwhelming majority of our pupils, this is the case. Our warmest congratulations go to all of our Year 11 pupils who are rightly celebrating the results of their hard work."
Blackheath Bluecoat School’s Chair of Governors David Prescott said: "Although these are Blackheath Bluecoat’s penultimate set of GCSE results, staff, pupils and the Governing Body are determined to go out on a high.
"Hopefully we’ll be able to open a new Church of England Secondary in the borough at the earliest opportunity, built on Blackheath Bluecoat School’s solid achievements, determination and hard work."
Good luck to everyone collecting their #GCSE results today! Don't worry - still time to apply and enrol for this Sept http://t.co/MqiHXBBXjK— @BromleyCollege 22 August 2013
Nationally, there are predictions that fewer pupils will score decent passes in key subjects such as science and maths.
One expert has also suggested that the overall proportion of entries awarded at least a C grade could drop again this year.
Last summer, the proportion of GCSEs awarded a C grade or above fell for the first time in the exam's history, with 69.4% getting this grade or higher, down 0.4% on 2011.
There was also a fall in the proportion of GCSEs awarded the top grades and drops in the percentage of English, maths and science entries achieving passes at A*-C.
Professor Alan Smithers, director of the Centre for Education and Employment Research at Buckingham University, said it was likely that results will drop again.
He claimed that in the past, the pass rate had "gone up year on year because everyone had a vested interest in that happening".
But he said this has changed and there is now a "true regulator" - Ofqual - which has said standards should be comparable year on year and this could stop any rise.
#GoodLuck to everyone getting their #GCSE results today! http://t.co/JYSU5ZQ678— @NWKCollege 22 August 2013
The first school to submit its GCSE results to News Shopper was Longfield Academy in Longfield.
Staff say they are celebrating “the best GCSE results in the school’s history,” with 68 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades with English and maths.
All students scored at least five A* to C grades whilst 20 per cent of youngsters at the Main Road school scored five or more A* and A grades.
Academy Principals Simon Beamish, Anne Davis and Alex O’Donnell said: “This is a phenomenal year of achievement at Longfield Academy with very considerable improvements even after last year’s great results.
“There were almost too many high fliers to mention but two stand out as truly reaching for the stars - Gurjot Kaur 4A* 8A 2B and Erica Shrestha 1A* 9A and 3B.”
And I believe we have our first results news in ...
Good morning and welcome to our GCSE results day live blog.
Stay tuned to this page throughout the day for all the news, reactions and pictures as students across our south-east London and north Kent region discover how they have got on.
Good luck to all the students awaiting their results!