The wait is over for thousands of Medway students as they finally found out how they had done in their GCSEs.

Around 3,000 students received their GCSE results at schools across Medway earlier today.

For The Howard School in Rainham, this year was the eighth year running the school has seen their results improve, with nearly 90 per cent of students gaining five or more A*s to Cs and 55 per cent gaining 5 or more A*s to Cs including English and Mathematics.

The Howard, based on Derwent Way, Rainham, was the most improved school in Medway in last year’s GCSE results. Around 240 students took GCSEs or BTECs at the school this year, with the majority of students going on to study at the school’s sixth form or college.

Headteacher Paul Morris, said: “I’m delighted to be celebrating another year or improved results at the school, which are indicative of how we are improving across the board.

“A lot of this is down to the real hard work of our students, who know the value of good qualifications and of course the commitment of all of our teachers. My congratulations go out to everyone.”

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “These results are the culmination of two years worth of hard work for thousands of Medway students and I’d like to congratulate them all on their achievements.

“Many students will now go on to sixth form or college, or indeed into other forms of work or training such as apprenticeships. I wish them all the best of luck in whatever they choose to do.”

Among the students collecting their results at The Howard was sixteen-year-old Tom Howlett.

Tom, from Gillingham, gained 11 GCSEs all grades A* to C, with five A*s, including English, three As, two Bs and one C.

Tom will now go on to study A levels in English, Biology, Chemistry and Sport at The Howard Sixth Form.

“Surprisingly, I was fairly relaxed before opening my results and I’m really happy with them overall” he said.

“I’m now looking forward to being in sixth form – and to celebrating tonight.”

Sixteen year old Ryan Caston from Rainham was also celebrating 11 GCSEs all grades A to C, including an A in English, B in RE and C in Double Science.

Ryan, who works part time at The Barn in Rainham is now going on to a catering course at Mid Kent College.

“My aim is to be a top chef and even though I know experience in the kitchen is what I really need to get to the top, I wanted to make sure I had some good qualifications behind me – just in case I wanted to try something different or if a future employer wanted me to have a good set of GCSEs.”

“I’m really proud of myself and can’t wait to get started on my course and hopefully a future career.”

Help and advice for students who have received A Level and GCSE results this summer is available through tutors and Medway Youth Trust. Parents and students can phone the results freephone helpline on 0800 046 7603 from Thursday, 18 August to Saturday, 10 September. During weekdays you can access the helpline number Monday-Friday 9-5pm, weekends 11-5pm including bank holiday.

Alternatively visit the Medway Youth Trust website or call Medway Youth Trust on 01634 334 343. You can also text: Medway88020 and an adviser will call you back.