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Bexley: A-level results day

PUBLISHED: 13:58 18 August 2011 | UPDATED: 13:59 18 August 2011

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School students Jack Thompson, Andy Lee, Russell Pairman, headmaster Nigel Walker, Babatunde Akinboyewa and Henry Hunt

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School students Jack Thompson, Andy Lee, Russell Pairman, headmaster Nigel Walker, Babatunde Akinboyewa and Henry Hunt

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An outstanding student who achieved four A grades in his A-level results has said that he would have struggled to go to university next year when tuition fees will dramatically rise.

Blackfen School student, Michael Brown, 18, of Montrose Avenue, Welling, will study sports science and psychology at St Mary’s University College in September.

This is the final year pupils will be able to go to university before tuition fees soar in 2012.

He said: “I’m over the moon, I didn’t expect it at all.

“I’m really lucky to save tons of money compared to what they’ll be paying next year, it would have kept me in debt a lot longer.

“The new fees could stop a few people from going to university.”

Michael who achieved A grades in PE, psychology, sociology and in his extended project hopes to become a sports psychologist after completing out a masters in the subject.

There was a 97 percent A star to E pass rate at A2 level, with a 63 percent A star to C pass rate at Blackfen School.

Also in the borough, Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School had 63 percent of students achieving grades A star to B, which is an increase of 8 percent over last year.

Two pupils from the selective school, Emily Clayton and Robert Machado, will begin courses at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Townley Grammar School head teacher, Mr Desmond Deehan said: “This is a challenging year for A-level students across the country in securing university places but we are working with all our students to ensure they get a place of their choice.

“The vast majority of our students are pursuing university courses and we wish them luck with their continuing education.”

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