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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.

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