Whoops of joy filled the school hall at St John Fisher Catholic School today (Thursday, 22 August), as students ripped open their GCSE exam results. Around 3,000 students received their GCSE results at schools across Medway earlier today.

For St John Fisher in Chatham, these results saw a fourth year of improvements, with an incredible 93 per cent of students gaining 5 GCSEs or equivalents at A*-C. In fact, 96 per cent of all pupils gained GCSE or equivalents this year and this has allowed 99 per cent of pupils to move on to further studies at sixth form, college or via apprenticeships with 57% staying on for St John Fisher sixth form.

Headteacher Catherine Burnett said: “I’m delighted to be celebrating another year of improved results at the school. 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 to everyone.

“This success is as a result of sustained hard work and dedication from students and staff, demonstrating excellent team work, skill and talent.” Medway Council’s Lead Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services Cllr Mike O’Brien was at the school to congratulate pupils. He also sent a message to all students who have received results for GCSEs across Medway this year. Cllr O’Brien said: “GCSE results day is an exciting, but also an anxious time for all students and their families.

“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 other forms of work or training such as apprenticeships. I wish them all the best of luck in whatever they choose to do.”

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 until Saturday, 10 September. During weekdays you can access the helpline number Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and on weekends from 11am to 5pm including the 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.