A-level students make the grade
Date Added: 30/08/2016
The waiting was over yesterday (18 August) as students across Central Bedfordshire received their A-level results.
Early indications for provisional results for state-funded schools across the whole of Central Bedfordshire show that 86.9 per cent of students achieved three of more A-levels (or equivalent) at A*-E, up 4.2 per cent from last year. The average points score per student has also risen dramatically from 2015, up almost 94 points from 724.1 to 818.
There have been plenty of individual success stories with three Redborne Upper School students – Alex Glynn-Davies, James Williams-Crowther (two A*s and two As) and Rebecca Allen – off to Oxford and Cambridge, while Ellie Yip (four A*s) and Lucy Turner (3 As) secured places to study medicine at Edinburgh and Birmingham respectively.
At All Saints Academy, in Dunstable, Jonathan Wylie gained a triple distinction qualification in his sport BTECs; Chandler Russell claimed A*, A and B grades in maths, further maths and physics and will now study maths at Southampton; and business studies student Laurna Haynes will not just be the first person from her family to go to university but her two distinction grades at BTEC and B and C grades at A-levels means she has gained a scholarship for her chosen course at Gloucestershire University.
Great Britain rower Alice Thompson, a student at Samuel Whitbread Academy, managed to balance sport and studies and claim A*, A, C grades. Elsewhere at the Clifton school, Alexa Greer claimed two A*s and an A to secure a full scholarship to study creative writing at Boston University, in the US. And Danny Hanlon claimed the same grades and will now read physics at Manchester University.
Nick Metcalf became the first Stratton Upper student to ever claim three A*s, losing only 11 marks across all of his papers. Among the other success stories at the Biggleswade school were Lauren Watson-Steel and Lee Northfield, who have been awarded full sports scholarships to study in the US, Lauren for tennis and Lee for football.
Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: “My congratulations and best wishes to everyone who received their A-levels today. I am delighted that so many students across Central Bedfordshire have done so well, and it shows that we are continuing on our upward trajectory here in terms of results.
“This is down to their hard work as well as the support of their schools, teachers and families, and I wish them all the best for the future – whatever their plans.”
That sentiment was echoed by headteachers across Central Bedfordshire, who paid tribute to the hard work of students and staff which ensured that the majority of pupils who applied claimed a spot at their first-choice university.
Nigel Croft, headteacher of Redborne Upper School in Ampthill, said: “We have again had a 100 per cent pass rate and the amount of students gaining A*-B grades has risen to 59 per cent. That is comparative or better to many private schools. These are excellent results and down to pure hard work and I am delighted for staff and students.”
Jim Parker, is headteacher of Manshead School in Caddington, which has a 99 per cent pass rate with 40 per cent of students achieving A*-B grades. He said: ‘The students deserve great credit for the effort and determination they showed in achieving such impressive results this year. There have been some remarkable individual achievements of which students and their parents should be very proud. Perhaps most importantly the success enjoyed by the students at Manshead sixth form means that they have secured their university places and employment opportunities.”
Steve Palmer, headteacher of Cedars Upper, in Leighton Buzzard, said: “We are really pleased with the A level results obtained by the students, particularly as they come in a period of real change, for both students and teachers. The pass rate is again near to 100 per cent at A2 and many students have again achieved top grades across the board. Thanks must go to all of the members of staff who worked so hard with these students, and to the parents and carers who provide such invaluable support during what is obviously an incredibly stressful time.”
Stratton Upper had the strongest year in the Bigglewade school’s history. Headteacher Rob Watson said: “In a year where outcomes nationally have broadly stood still it is fantastic to see our students leap forward in this way. These results are a real testament to the hard work and dedication of a fantastic group of students and a dedicated team of staff.”