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GCSE results 2013 for Kingston, Surbiton, Tolworth, New Malden and Chessington
This live event has finished
- Secondary school students across Kingston are collecting their GCSE results.
I think we're going to call it a day for our live GCSE blog, folks. Hope you've enjoyed it.
Well done to everyone who got their GCSE results today, regardless of whether or not you got what you wanted. Hard to see it now, but one day, it will all be a distant memory.
Have a lovely evening and be sure to pick up tomorrow's Surrey Comet to see if you made into our double page GCSE spread. Bye for now.
Chessington Community College students celebrate their GCSE results
More from Kingston Grammar School.
Below is Isobel Dodds (nine A*s, one A) Hannah Arnold (10 A*s, two As) and Paeony de la Garde Tingay (10A*s one A).
And this is Sam Kan (11 A*s) Anya Williams-Doherty (11 A*s) and Lara Horin (10 A*s).
Here's Umar Ahmad, Sam Underwood and Peter Le Tissier from Kingston Grammar School.
Umar picked up five A*s, three As and one C, and will be taking all three sciences and maths next year.
Sam will be back at KGS to study English, history, philosophy and Latin A-levels, having received five A*s and six As at GCSE.
Meanwhile Peter, a talented French Horn player, colected two A*s, five As and three Bs. He plans to study music, physics, history and maths in September.
Umar Ahmed, Sam Underwood and Peter Le Tissier
Apologies if the live updates have somewhat dropped off of late - there's the small matter of a newspaper to put together as well.
Let's take a look at some photos from today shall we?
Nine-year-old Timi Oke is almost certainly Kingston's youngest GCSE success story this year.
Timi picked up a C in ICT after studying for two years at a school in Hertfordshire.
Not only does the prodigious youngster know his way around a computer, he also speaks Mandarin and plays piano to grade four as well.
Mum Shona said: "He's very very happy.
"He's a bright boy and you have to keep him busy or he gets bored.
"He's a little star."
Not such a Bad Education: Chessington actor Jack Binstead, aka Rem Dogg in the popular Jack Whitehall comedy Bad Education, scored two Bs and six Cs at Chessington Community College.
He now plans to study performing arts at nescot College in Epsom.
"I'm over the moon," said Jack, 16. "I'm most pleased with my English and media studies, I got Bs in both. It helps witht the acting.
Joe Williams and Somesh Arora from Coombe Boys' School collect their GCSE results
This is 16-year-old Richard Challoner student Joshua Bolt.
Remember the name, because it might be in lights one day.
Joshua is off to the the Brit School for Performing Arts & Technology, where alumini include Adele, Amy Winehouse, Kate Nash and Rizzle Kicks.
Joshua, who got nine A to C grades including an A in Maths, said: "I can't wait to tell my dad. I'm going to be studying music and perhaps maths.
"My dad is a DJ and he does karaoke so I've sung since I was four.
"I have a knack for it. I even sing at weddings.
"I will be rewarding myself with more hardwork.
"I hope I can come back and do some gigs at my school."
Another student who did rather well today was Thavi Thanasingam, from Coombe Girls' School.
As well as racking up 11 A*s and one A, she also bagged three more A*s for her short course subjects.
It was a good day for the Clarence Avenue School in general, with a record number of girls acheiving A* and A grades.
Headteacher Deborah Walls said: "It’s truly inspiring to see our students achieve these outstanding results that reward their hard work and determination at GCSE.
"These results have given them a firm foundation for the next stage in their academic life and I am proud to have seen them develop into independent young women with an exciting future ahead.
"I look forward to welcoming the girls back to the Coombe Sixth Form.”
By extraordinary coincidence, we managed to locate our Mum's The Word columnist Angellica Bell's next door neighbour, Richard Challoner student Will Bate, who did not-too-bad-at-all-thank-you-very-much (see 11.30am). Enjoy the Ruby Will!
@RossLogan82 no it's will alright! Mr bate did well! Just spoke to his mum!— @angellicabell 22 August 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, it appears we have a full list of GCSE results from across Kingston. Congratulations to everyone who did well, commiserations to those who'd hoped for better.
Here's Tiffin School student Diptarko Chowdhury, who scored 100 per cent in his further maths IGCSE, one of 11 students out of 11,000 across the country to do so.
"I would like to thank my maths teacher, Stuart Trutch," he said.
Full marks: Tiffin student Diptarko Chowdhury
Surbiton High School pupil Isabella Burdess gets a hug from headteacher Ann Haydon after receiving 10 A*s
Should have chosen the A-level results to be out and about talking to students in Kingston...I'm totally drenched! #GCSEresults— @Nazia_Comet 22 August 2013
A Coombe Girls' student celebrates with friends after collecting her GCSEs
The story in Kingston so far, in table form.
Slight correction to Surbiton High School - the percentage of E grades was 0.03, not 0.3. Sorry girls.
Richard Challoner pupils Will Bate, Calum Williams and Daniel Foot will be celebrating today.
Will, and Daniel, both 16, got 10 A*s and three As each, while Callum got nine A*s and four As.
"I'm happy. I was confident but I didn't expect to do that well," said Will, who added he was going for a curry in Kingston Hill with his family to celebrate.
Daniel said: "I thought I was going to do worse because they were saying the papers were going to be harder.
"I think everyone is pleasantly surprised. I'm just looking forward to next year."
Calum, also 16, added: "I feel relieved its all over now and Im looking forward to next year. I'm doing maths, further maths, chemistry and physics."
Richard Challoner students Will Bate, Calum Williams and Daniel Foot celebrate their GCSE results
Flipping heck my neighbours son has his #GCSEresults - 10 A*s and 3 As - he will be looking after his family and ours in the future! Jeez!— @angellicabell 22 August 2013
Back in 1999, I walked through the gates of Coombe Boys' School, then known as Beverley, to collect my GCSE results.
I did OK, but probably not as well as some of the current intake.
A* to C grades have jumped 13 per cent from last year, from 57 per cent to 70 per cent. That is the single biggest increase in the school's history.
Headteacher Deborah Walls said: “Whilst the boys’ achievements are very much in line with the high expectations that we had for this year’s results, it is absolutely wonderful to have this confirmation of the outstanding work by the staff and students at the school.
"It is also wonderful to see so many of our talented and highly-motivated boys in such a strong position to be successful in the next stage of their academic careers at Coombe Sixth Form.”
The Hollyfield School results are in - 76 per cent A* to C. Last year it was 80 per cent.
Here's Surbiton High School principal Ann Haydon on another day of GCSE glory for her students.
More than 90 per cent of students achieve A* to B grades, while 100 per cent of students taking further mathmatics were awarded A*s.
She said: “It is the focus and dedication of the pupils along with the inspiration and encouragement of the staff that has made these results possible and allowed pupils to achieve the best they can.
"These results will prepare the girls well for their A-level studies.”
Surbiton High School principal Ann Haydon celebrates with twins Branwen and Meriel Phillips, who achieved 16 A* grades between them
Here's the latest table as it stands:
Students from Tiffin Girls' School phone home with the good news
Well done to all the pupils on an oustanding set of results - all the hard work paid off! A big thank you also to the teachers!— @SurbitonHigh 22 August 2013
Reporter Nazia Dewji has been at Coombe Boys School in New Malden, my old stomping ground.
No word yet on results as a whole, but 16-year-old Ryan Salazar was fairly happy with what he got.
"My grades are in the middle - good and bad," he said. "I'm quite happy with some but not so happy with some others, particularly science."
Seven years ago, Chessington Community College was reporting just 25 per cent of students were achieving five A* to C grades. This, year that figure has more than doubled, to 54 per cent.
Principal Rob Niedermaier-Reed said: "From our highly academic students who are destined to excel at A level and beyond, to those students who intend to go straight to training or employment, we are delighted that so many of our students have achieved the GCSE grades they require."
Richard Challoner School sees 78.6 per cent of students achieving A* to C grades. Last year it was 80.8 per cent.
More than 70 per cent of students achieved at least five A* to C grades, headteacher Tom Cahill said.
"This is another fabulous set of results for the boys at Richard Challoner," Mr Cahill said.
"Preliminary figures show that 73% of the cohort achieved at least 5A*-C grades including English and Maths in GCSE courses and 48% achieved the English Baccalaureate of A*-C grades in English, Maths, 2 Sciences, a Humanity and a Modern Foreign Language.
"Our top three performing students achieved 30 A* grades, 8 A grades and a B grade between them.’
Reporter Jon Sharman has been down to see how the students at Tolworth Girls' School have been getting on.
Alice Cooke, 16, said: “It’s gone really well. I have been really surprised because I thought they were going to mark really harshly this year.”
She said the results she was most pleased with were a B in maths and an A* in art.
Tolworth Girls' students Chloe Stipford, 16, Alice Cooke, 16, Hanna Mitchell, 16, andAlex Shortland, 15, collect their results
Here's the latest table of today's GCSE results:
The Tiffin Boys, meanwhile, reports that 43.8 per cent of students have received A*s, down on last year's 48.5 per cent.
That figure includes students taking International GCSEs (IGCSEs). Without them, the figure is 41.5 per cent.
Six students got a clean sweep of A*s and 51 got nothing but A* and As.
Tiffin Girls' School has reported a drop in students getting A and B grades - because they're all getting A*s instead. 68.3 per cent in fact.
Headteacher Vanessa Ward said: "It is wonderful to see the girls getting their results today and sharing in the joy of their achievements.
"I know how much hard work has gone into these results by the girls, their parents and teachers.
"Well done girls!"
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Surbiton High School report that 99.4 per cent get C or above, which is fractionally better than last year's 99.3 per cent.
Here's the results from the schools we have so far:
A whopping 99.3 per cent of Kingston Grammar students score A* to C with 43.3 per cent acheiving A*s.
Head Sarah Fletcher said: "These excellent results are a very creditable reflection of the hard work the pupils - and their teachers – have put in.
"I was very pleased to see so many outstanding individual performances and to note the increase in the percentage of A*s this year.
"It all bodes well for the future for this very talented group of young people."
Superb #GCSE results: 59% 5A*-C (inc. English & Maths); 38% #EBacc; 19% A*/A; 99% 5A*-G. Well done to all our students!— @shsrbk 22 August 2013
Coombe Girls has recorded an 87 per cent success rate of students getting A* to C grades - up from 80.7 per cent last year.
Southborough were first out of the traps, just as they were with last week's A-Levels.
The school is reporting 71 per cent A* to C results this year. Last year they scored 67 per cent A* to C.
Southborough spokeswoman Sue Taylor said: "We are incredibly delighted with our results this year."
Four schools - Southborough, Kingston Grammar, Surbiton High and Coombe Girls - move to the top of the class for getting their results in to us already.
Looking forward to seeing Yr 11 tomorrow morning . Results available @ 9am from the Upper Hall . Good Luck girls .— @AnnHaydonSHS 21 August 2013
Good morning, and welcome to the Surrey Comet's live GCSE blog. We will be bringing you the results from each school as we get them, plus stories, reaction, and, no doubt, a few photos of students jumping for joy.
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