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PUBLISHED: 09:42 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:32 25 August 2010

HUNDREDS more teenagers are gaining five GCSEs than this time last year, new figures show.  The number of pupils across Bexley and Bromley boroughs passing five A* to C grades has risen for the third and fourth consecutive year, respectively, it was annou

HUNDREDS more teenagers are gaining five GCSEs than this time last year, new figures show.

The number of pupils across Bexley and Bromley boroughs passing five A* to C grades has risen for the third and fourth consecutive year, respectively, it was announced this month.

Figures from the school achievement and attainment tables, published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, reveal that in Bexley the number of children reaching this target increased from 49.7 per cent in 2007 to 57.3 per cent in 2009.

In Bromley, the number of pupils achieving five A* to C grades rose from 54.2 per cent in 2006 to 62.6 per cent in 2009.

Beths Grammar School, in Hartford Road, Bexley, is now the top-performing boys' school in the country. It is the only school in the borough where 100 per cent of students gained a minimum of five GCSEs including English and maths.

A spokesperson for the school said: "Headteacher James Skinner is exceptionally pleased with this year's results and is delighted that students have been so successful.

"He congratulated all the students for their efforts and hard work throughout the years, which enabled them to reach their target grades. He now looks forward to them achieving further success at A-level in the sixth-form."

In Bromley, Newstead Wood School for Girls, in Avebury Road, and St Olave's and St Saviour's Grammar School, in Goddington Lane, both in Orpington, also had 100 per cent of students achieving five GCSEs including English and maths.

Liz Allen, head of Newstead Wood, said: "We are absolutely delighted with GCSE results this year.

"They are a testimony to the enthusiasm and commitment of students and the dedication of their subject tutors."

The average number of pupils achieving five GCSEs including English and maths in Bexley was 57.3 per cent, with the number for Bromley 62.6 per cent.

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