Kingston students achieve top marks

Kingston students have achieved impressive GCSE and A level results this year.

Provisional figures show that the percentage of students gaining five or more A*-C grade GCSEs including English and mathematics has risen to 73 per cent, up three per cent from 2012 - Kingston's best ever performance at Key Stage 4.

The proportion of students achieving five or more A*-C GCSEs in all subjects rose to 89 per cent (from 88 per cent last year).

Those attaining A*-C grade in both English and mathematics rose to 74 per cent (from 71 per cent last year), and there was an increase in English Baccalaureate passes to 42 per cent (from 35 per cent last year).

Two schools reached major milestones for the first time: 54 per cent of Chessington Community College students attained five or more A*CEM standard - the first time this has happened in the college's history - as did 70 per cent of Coombe Boys' pupils.

Provisional A level results indicate that Kingston students have out-performed their counterparts around the country this year, beating national averages in most measures.

While the proportion of pupils attaining the top A level grades has dipped in line with the national trend, more than a third (36 per cent) gained A* or A this year - well above the national proportion of 26 per cent.

Of all A level exam entries, 81 per cent were graded A*-C and 99 per cent A*-E, both higher than the national average (77 per cent and 98 per cent respectively).

At AS level performance has improved too, with 31 per cent A grades (up from 20 per cent in 2012).

The proportion attaining A*-C at AS level rose to 67 per cent (from 58 per cent last year), and the overall pass rate rose to 90 per cent (from
84 per cent last year).

Councillor David Ryder-Mills, Kingston Council's Lead Member for Schools and Continuing Education, said:

"These are excellent results, and the borough continues to be among the best in the country.

"I congratulate the students, teachers, schools and families for their hard work and support which has seen us maintain high standards in Kingston's schools."

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