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A Level Results


Results are in and schools across the borough are celebrating, following the release of provisional ‘A’ Level results today. Across Bedford Borough, 42.5% of pupils achieved one or more A*-A grades, and 87.0% achieved 3 or more A*-E grades.


Notable successes include:


Biddenham Upper School

·   31 (24.2%) students received one or more A* – A grades and 81.3% of pupils received 3 or more ‘A’ Level A* - E grades


Most notable achievements were: Caitlyn Crombie who achieved 1A* and 4A's, Carolin Vahar- Matiar achieved 1A*, 4A's and a B, Debrah Meniru and Emily Percival who both got 2A* and 2A's as did Chloe Macinnes who got 2A* and 3A's, and Dario Stevenson who got 1A* and 3A's. These are just a few of the school’s outstanding performers this year who have worked incredibly hard and fully deserve their success.


David Bailey, Head teacher at Biddenham Upper School, commented: “Once again, at Biddenham our students have done tremendously well, particularly in bucking the national picture, as we have five times more A* grades at A level than we had last year; this was also mirrored at A/S level.”



Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College

·  25 (37.9%) students received one or more A* – A grades and 77.3% of pupils received 3 or more ‘A’ Level A* - E grades

Some of the many outstanding achievements include:

Aaron Momi ICT – BTEC Distinction*, Business – A, English Language – B, Design Technology – B.

Heather McCulley Art – BTEC Distinction*, Sociology – A, Business – B, English Literature – C.


Martin Fletcher, Head teacher at Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College said: “We are really proud of all of our students who have once again achieved an excellent set of A Level results which clearly demonstrate how Hastingsbury ‘Finds Talent in Everyone’. This also reflects our drive to encourage and motivate our young people to reach their full potential and beyond. We are delighted that all of our students have got the grades to get them into their first choice university and wish them every success for the future.”


Mark Rutherford Upper School

·  37 (43%) students received one or more A* – A grades and 83.7% of pupils received 3 or more ‘A’ Level A* - E grades

Students at Mark Rutherford celebrated another successful set of ‘A’ level and BTEC results. High flyers this year were: Stephen Hare 3A*, Hannah Brayford 2A* and 2As, Emily Jones 2A*, 1A, 1B, 1C, Anusha Mistry 2A*, 1A, 1B, Sophie Fordham 1A*, 2A, 1B, Jessica Lewis 3A, 1B and Sean Buxton 3D* (BTEC) and 1A.

The school is delighted that Anusha Mistry has gained a place at Oxford University.

Steve Peacey, Principal, at Mark Rutherford Upper School, said: “Our students and staff worked very hard as usual and it is good to see the continuous trend of improvement in sixth form achievement. Well done everyone”.



Sharnbrook Upper School

·  140 (43.2%) students received one or more A* – A grades and 88% of pupils received 3 or more ‘A’ Level A* - E grades

Most notable achievements were: Sam North 4 A* and 1A. Ben Windo 4 A* and 1A. Ali Burnside 4 A*. Joshua Bunce 2A*, 3A. Barnaby Towler 2A*, 3 A. Christopher Cmoch 2A*, 3A. Andrew Black 2 A* and 2A. Margarita Stewart 4A.



St.Thomas More

·  42 (46.7%) students received one or more A* – A grades and 87.8% of pupils received 3 or more ‘A’ Level A* - E grades

There was a significant number of students who achieved outstanding results with A / A* grades: Luke Barnard, Matthew Gawel,  Littorio Luongo, Rosanna Martucci, Antonio Palombo, Riyaz Sogiawalla, Zara Alsafar, Gemma Fawlds, Elliot Howard Spink, Phoebe Marle, Sophie McNiffe, Ophelie Roupie, Flora Stewart.


Amongst these, Mumdood Passa’s achievements were particularly impressive having achieved full marks on all of his physics papers.

 Siobhan Coulter goes on to study Medicine at Newcastle, and Sara Viglione has secured a place at Cambridge to read History. 


Joe Richardson, Head teacher at St. Thomas More, commented: “I could not be happier for the students.  They have worked incredibly hard and deserve high praise for their achievements.  I am grateful to all staff who have supported the students with great care over the course of their studies.”



Wootton Upper School

·   92 (54.1%) students received one or more A* – A grades and 94.7% of pupils received 3 or more ‘A’ Level A* - E grades

Given that Wootton Academy Trust has just been given permission to open a new Sixth Form College in September 2013, with a specialism in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, the school is particularly pleased by the results achieved in these subjects in 2012.


23 students achieved at least three straight A*/A grades. Since the results are so outstanding overall the school are deliberately not highlighting individual students for recognition.



Tony Withell, Head teacher at Wootton Upper School, commented: “The hard work of these students over the last two years has led to these outstanding results. I would like to congratulate all of them on their successes, wish them every success in Higher Education and employment and, additionally thank the tremendous dedication and commitment of the staff and governors of the school in supporting them.”


Cllr David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “These excellent results provide more evidence of the high standard of academic achievement in the borough. The grades reflect all the hard work from pupils, with support from parents and guidance from dedicated teachers and other school staff. I congratulate all those involved in securing such pleasing results.”


There are many options available within Bedford for pupils to consider upon leaving school. Not only are there a range of ‘A’ level courses, there are also excellent vocational qualifications at local colleges, strong work-based training providers and a broad array of apprenticeships available.


Any students who would like to talk through their next steps and gain professional advice can contact the UCAS hotline on 0871 468 0472.


There is also support available for students who are disappointed with their results. Fully qualified Careers Advisors from the Jobs Hub are placed at every Upper School in Bedford Borough on results day. Alternatively, staff from the Jobs Hub, at Greyfriars, can be contacted on 01234 223510.


Some of the services on offer at the Jobs Hub include:


·         Advice about education and training options, including apprenticeships

·         Help with job skills including CV writing, job applications and interview skills

·         Access to job vacancies

·         Appointments with training providers

·         Business start-up workshops and enterprise coaching

·         Help with volunteering opportunities

·         Signposting to other services to help with specific issues, such as housing, health, benefit or debt advice


The Jobs Hub is funded by the Bedford Borough Partnership and Jobcentre Plus and is located at 15 Greyfriars in Bedford.


The Jobs Hub is believed to be the first centre of its kind in the country. It serves to make it easier for residents to get direct access to employment opportunities, training and enterprise support as well as helping services to directly engage with local people.

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