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Bexley youngsters plan their future as A-level results arrive

PUBLISHED: 15:55 18 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:30 23 August 2016

High-achievers Georgina Rai and Oyinade Adeshina

High-achievers Georgina Rai and Oyinade Adeshina

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Record numbers of students are heading to universities this year

Youngsters in Bexley are planning their futures today as they receive their A-level results, with many hoping to join the record number of students heading to university.

Early indications show 98.4 per cent of pupils in the borough achieved A*-E grades, while 26.2 per cent achieved A* or A - higher than the national average of 25.8 per cent.

Cabinet member for education councillor Rob Leitch said: “I visited some of our schools this morning, to be there when students were opening those envelopes was amazing.

“There are so many great success stories from around the Borough. It was a delight to be part of it.

“I congratulate our students for all their hard work along with school staff, parents and governors - they make our schools the good news story that they are!”

Townley Grammar School hailed an ‘outstanding’ year of results and is due to send a record number of students to elite Russell-group universities.

Just over 32 per cent of pupils achieved either an A* or an A, while almost 90 per cent fell within the A*-C bracket.

There was a significant increase in successful Medicine places, while the school continued to ensure a large number secured places at Oxbridge.

At Bexley Grammar School, Year 13 students combined A level grades with International Baccalaureate Diploma equivalents, and over 16 per cent of grades were A*s and 73 per cent were A*-B grades.

Some 25 students achieved three or four A*or A grades at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar, while 37 per cent of entries at Erith School’s Sixth Form achieved A*-B.

The vast majority of Blackfen School’s sixth form students (72 per cent) achieved grades A*-C, while 54 per cent of students at Beth’s Grammar School obtained A*-B grades.

On a national level, there has been a fall in the number of pupils achieving top grades for the fifth year in a row, with 25.8 per cent of entrants scoring either an A or A*, down from 25.9 per cent in 2015.

Figures show the gap in attainment between boys and girls is narrowing, with the number of girls who got A or higher 0.3 percentage points more than the number of boys - a drop of 2.6 percentage points since 2006.

A record number of students is heading for university this year, with 424,000 placed in higher education as of midnight - up three per cent on last year’s figure.

Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS chief executive, said: “This is a big day for hundreds of thousands of young people who have chosen to kick start their adult life with higher education – well done to all of them.

“I’m particularly pleased to see the first small signs of improvement for young men, although they are still too far behind.”

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