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Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Runs And Runner Beans -

NOR­TON KNATCHBULL SCHOOL An im­pres­sive 98% of pupils at Ash­ford’s Nor­ton Knatchbull School gained five or more GCSEs at grades A* to C.

In ad­di­tion, 96% achieved those grades in­clud­ing English and maths, 49% got five or more A* and A grades and 41% got at least one A* or A.

Nor­ton Knatchbull spe­cialises in lan­guages and sci­ence and 79% of pupils got A* to C in a mod­ern for­eign lan­guage while 92% achieved two or more A* to C grades in sci­ence.

In maths there was a 99% pass rate with 58% achiev­ing A* or A grades.

A to­tal of 73% at­tained the English Bac­calau­re­ate, mean­ing they achieved an A* to C grade in English, maths, two sciences, a lan- guage and a hu­man­i­ties sub­ject.

Shamma Igi­raneza from Ken­ning­ton gained 11 A* and two A grades and will study chem­istry, maths, bi­ol­ogy and ei­ther French or Span­ish next year.

He said: “I was sort of ex­pect­ing to get those grades but I was ner­vous to be­gin with.

“When I opened the re­sults I was very sur­prised, shocked and happy.”

Fel­low Ken­ning­ton res­i­dent Joseph Pape planned to cel­e­brate his nine A*s, three As and B by sharing a pizza with friends while Kieran Dhillon from Chart­fields, who achieved 11 A*s and two As, went for a cel­e­bra­tory round at Chart Hills Golf Club.

John West, with 10 A*s and three As, was par­tic­u­larly pleased with his A* in maths, which he needed to study fur­ther maths at A-level, and Do­minic Richard­son, who got three A*s, eight As and two Bs, plans to study maths, physics, chem­istry and eco­nom­ics en route to a ca­reer in elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing.

Shaun Em­manuel from Willes­bor­ough, who got seven A*s, five As and a B, said: “I was shocked but pleased with my A* in re­li­gious stud­ies be­cause I found it re­ally hard. I want to go into medicine be­cause I like to help peo­ple and medicine is a great way of do­ing that.”

Other high achiev­ers in­cluded Alexan­der Gon­calves with 12.5 A* grades and Jack Bar­clay who got nine A*s and 3.5 As.

Head teacher Su­sanne Staab said: “Many con­grat­u­la­tions to all our Year 11 stu­dents and a huge ‘thank you’ to all mem­bers of staff who helped to make th­ese re­sults hap­pen. We look for­ward to wel­com­ing our stu­dents into our sixth form and wish them the very best for the future.”


Nor­ton Knatchbull pupils cel­e­brate, Joseph Pape, Shamma Igi­raneza and Kieran Dhillon


Shaun Em­manuel, Ben Man­ning-Press, Thomas Slater, Joseph Pape, Jack Hal­stead, Do­minic Richard­son and John West

Head teacher Su­sanne Staab

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