PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:10 25 August 2010

HISTORY BOY: James Kemp.

HISTORY BOY: James Kemp.

A WHIZKID is celebrating after getting a perfect 600 in his History A Level, writes Marina Soteriou.

A WHIZKID is celebrating after getting a perfect 600 in his History A Level, writes Marina Soteriou.

James Kemp, a student at Beths Grammar School, Hartford Road, Bexley, found out last Thursday that he scored 600 out of 600, making him one of the top five candidates in the country out of a total 9,000.

With A grades in his other three subjects, James is now off to Robinson College in Cambridge to study Law.

He was one of thousands celebrating across the country as the achievement rate for A Levels increased for the 26th consecutive year.

Bexley students achieving pass grades A-E was 98.9 per cent, up from 98 per cent last year and above the national average of 97.2 per cent.

Bromley council have not published their borough statistics but individual schools have reported an increase in pass rates. Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School in Blackbrook Lane, Bickley, Bromley, achieved their best ever results and a 99 per cent pass rate.

Students Todd Cutting, Harald Carlens, Hannah Keen and Natalie Podd achieved five A grades.

Three students achieved four grade As and 14 students received three grade As.

Bromley High School in Blackbrook Lane also boasted a 100 per cent pass rate, with 53 per cent of grades at A and 96 per cent at C and above.

Alice Fletcher got a remarkable five A grades at A2.

Two students who do not have English as their first language, Anson Chan and Janice Wong, got four A grades at A2 and one at AS.

Emma Penson scored one of the top five marks across the country in Design and Technology: Product Design.

Athlete Rachael Arnheim achieved three As at A2 and one at AS, while representing Great Britain at pole vault and achieving a Bronze Medal in the European Champions Club Cup for Juniors in the Czech Republic last summer.

Newstead Woods School for Girls in Orpington celebrated another year of 100 per cent pass rates with 94 per cent A to C grades, a dip of three per cent from last year.

However, the number of students who received straight As increased from 44 to 52 this year and 16 students are set to go to Oxford or Cambridge. Hayes School, West Common Road, achieved their best ever results with their highest A grades results in A levels and their best AS results. Their 99 per cent pass rate included 70 per cent of pupils getting A to C grades, with 42 per cent achieving the top grades of A or B.

Greenwich's results were a dip below the national average, with a pass rate of 96.4 per cent.

However there were excited squeals and tears at Greenwich Community College, Plumstead Road, Woolwich, when staff admitted students' results were better than expected. The college achieved a 100 per cent pass rate across most subjects including Psychology, Sociology, Media Studies, French, German, Spanish, Italian and English.

Rami Jasem, 18, got four As for Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Maths at A Level.

The results mean he will study a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in Clinical


He said: "I couldn't be happier; it's the best I could hope for."

Anita Chukwu, 19, who has a place at Southampton University, was beaming when she discovered she had achieved three As for Accounts, Economics and Business Studies.

She said: "I'm so happy, I'm speechless!" The percentage of A-grade passes went up nationally from 25.3 to 25.9 per cent, making this a record-

breaking year.

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