A-stars make it a record breaker

PUBLISHED: 11:07 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:05 25 August 2010

TRIUMPH: Steffan Blayney and Adam Sheridan at Kidbrooke School.

TRIUMPH: Steffan Blayney and Adam Sheridan at Kidbrooke School.

THOUSANDS of teenagers celebrated making the grade as they received their A-Level results in another record-breaking year.

THOUSANDS of teenagers celebrated making the grade as they received their A-Level results in another record-breaking year.

Nervous youngsters braced themselves as they opened their envelopes on Thursday morning, and the scene is due to be repeated today as GCSE results are released.

There was a rise in top A-Level grades across the country this year with 26.7 per cent of all marks awarded being As.

It was the 27th year in a row that grades have improved, renewing allegations that exams are getting easier.

But delighted sixth-former Sarah West, who achieved four A grades at St Olave's Grammar School, Orpington, rebuffed the idea. She said: "It makes me angry because it's like all your efforts are wasted. It's ridiculous when people say that because they are not sitting them now and things have changed."

Proud student Dan Courtneidge, 18, from Colfe's School, in Horn Park Lane, Lee, achieved five A grades in art and design, biology, maths, further maths and physics and is going on to study maths and economics at the University of Nottingham.

His headteacher, Richard Russell, said: "We were delighted with this year's A-Level results overall."

Eltham College, in Grove Park Road, Mottingham, had an unprecedented A-Level results record, with 97.3 per cent of all grades being A or B.

Beths Grammar School, in Hartford Road, Bexley, broke its record with 25 students achieving straight A grades.

Eltham College headteacher Paul Henderson said: "In a year when it is going to be even more competitive securing places at universities, these outstanding results will be really important."

Bromley High School, in Blackbrook Lane, Bickley, also received its best-ever results with 85.5 per cent of the grades at A or B.

Kidbrooke School pupil Steffan Blayney achieved four A grades and will be going on to study history at Oxford, while his schoolmate, Adam Sheridan, who also garnered four A grades in biology, chemistry, maths and sociology, is planning to study medicine after taking a gap year.


Latest Bexley news

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

People who live, work and travel across Kent, Thurrock, Essex and beyond are being invited to shape plans for Britain’s biggest road tunnel as Highways England hostrf the first of 60 public engagement events on the multi-billion pound Lower Thames Crossing project this week (Tuesday 16 October).

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

“Devastating” plans for a house of multiple occupancy in Sidcup have been approved despite pleas by residents.

Monday, October 15, 2018

The pub industry in Bexley, worth around £51million, could take a hit if beer duty is raised as expected in the chancellor’s budget today (Tuesday, October 16), Britain’s Beer Alliance has warned.

Monday, October 15, 2018

A cyclist who died after being hit by a lorry in Erith has been formally identified, as police officers appeal for witnesses to the tragic incident to come forward.

Monday, October 15, 2018

New proposals for Hall Place and Gardens will be discussed in next week’s Places Overview and Scrutiny Committee (October 16).

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Friday, October 12, 2018

The new UK and Ireland tour of Let It Be will be arriving at the Orchard Theatre on Monday, October 15.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

A number of warrants have been executed this morning (Wednesday, October 10) in Abbey Wood as part of a proactive operation targeting drugs and associated criminality.

Most read news

Digital Edition

Read the Bexley Times e-edition today

Newsletter Sign Up

Bexley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24