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88% of pupils achieve 3 or more A-levels

Hundreds of students in Bedford Borough have been given their A-level results. Across the borough, provisional ‘A’ Level results show 43% of pupils achieved one or more A*-A grades, and 88% achieved 3 or more A*-E grades.


Across the borough notable successes include:


Bedford Academy

19% of students received three straight A* - A grades or equivalent and 83% of students received three A-levels A* - E grades

The school has performed particularly well in maths and science subjects: former head boy, David Ellis, is one straight As student and will take up his place studying physics at Nottingham University.  Similarly maths and science students also scored well at AS level with students Kamila Sala and Emma Anderson achieving straight As across the board in biology, chemistry, physics, maths, further maths and sociology.


Claire Smith, Principal at Bedford Academy, said: “It’s been an extremely busy and fulfilling year for the Academy but throughout we never took our eyes off our end goal – continued academic success for our students.  Our students have achieved another set of exam results of which they can feel extremely proud.  They are a great credit to themselves, their teachers and the whole school,”


Biddenham Upper School

·        42.6% of students received one or more A – A* grade, an increase of 13% compared to last year and 76.2% of students received 3 A-levels A* - E.


Students at Biddenham have done tremendously well with many achieving high grades and the vast majority attaining places at the university of their choice. Of particular note is Matthew Priddin who will go to Cambridge to study Maths having been awarded A*’s in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. This is a tremendous achievement and he is keeping up the family tradition as his sister, Emma, went to Oxford from Biddenham a few years ago. A number of other students did really well, including Rebecca Bennewith and Arthur Castle who received an A* and 2 A's and Mary Eadis who received three A's.


David Bailey, Head teacher at Biddenham Upper School, commented: “'All our students have worked hard and deserve their success, not least Matthew, who we are understandably proud of having achieved full marks in his Further Maths paper.”


Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College

82.9% of students achieved 3 or more A-levels or equivalent and 25.7% achieved 2 or more A* to A grades at A-level, an increase of over 10%

A few of the top performing students were Jaspreet Lall 3 A*s, Jit Patel 2 A*’s and 1 A, Eke Obiejesie 1 A*, 2 A’s and 1 B and Bobby Nahar’s journey through the Sixth Form has seen him progress from a Level 2 Business course to successfully achieving A*AA in his Level 3 courses.


Martin Fletcher, Head teacher at Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College said: “It has been a fantastic year for Hastingsbury Sixth Form. Huge congratulations to all our students with 83% achieving 3 or more A-Levels or equivalent and 26% of all students achieving 2 or more A*- A grades at A Level. Business results were the class act at Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College with 50% of all Year 13 students gaining a Distinction* or Distinction grade.


Mark Rutherford Upper School

·        37.7% of students achieved an A* or an A in one or more subjects or equivalents and 92% of students received 3 A-levels A* - E.


Students at Mark Rutherford celebrated another successful set of ‘A’ Level and BTEC results with a significant increase in the number of students achieving three or more A-level passes. High flyers this year were: Timothy Crossley 2A*’s and 1 B, Omar D, Agostino 1 A* and 2 A’s, Usman Khan 3 A’s, Nicola Milbourn 3 A’s, 1 B and Alanya Piggott 2 A’s and 1 D* (BTEC course).


The average points score per entry has also risen and is at an all-time high, a fantastic reason to celebrate.


Steve Peacey, Principal, at Mark Rutherford Upper School, said: “We are delighted with the significant improvement seen in this year’s Sixth Form results.  Both students and staff are to be congratulated for all their continued hard work in achieving these excellent outcomes.”


Sharnbrook Upper School

·        40.1% of students received at least 1 A* or A grade and 89.6% of students received 3 A-levels grade A* - E


A small selection of the highlights from Sharnbrook include: Amy Bishop, who got three A* grades and an A and who is now going on to study geography at Oxford (Wadham); Georgia Richardson for her two A* and two A grades; Alex Cottey for his A* and two A grades; Alex Kane for his A*, two As and a C grade; Sophie Lansbury for her great set of results meaning she can take up her place to study medicine at Newcastle; and both Ed Shelton and Hannah Jessup who are off to Nottingham to study veterinary science after a superb clutch of A level results.


Headteacher Iain Denning said: “Once again Sharnbrook staff and students have produced a superb set of A-level results across the very wide range of courses that we offer. It has been a real pleasure to see so many students happy with their results and to hear the reactions of some of our students as they opened their results live on this morning’s Radio 1 Scott Mills show.”


St. Thomas More

·        41.8% of students received one or more A* – A grades and 89% of pupils received 3 or more ‘A’ Level A* - E grades


Alison Wilshaw, Headteacher at St Thomas More, said: “We would like to recognise all students’ results and the work they have put in to achieve such pleasing results. In particular, worthy of mention are Elliot Howard-Spink who has secured his place at Oxford with 2 A*’s, 2 A’s and a C. Demi Gandy was awarded 3 A’s, Connor Delaney 3 A’s and 2 B’s, Isobel Duxfield gained 4 A’s at AS as did Jessica Di Monaco. Carmelo Iacono gained 3 A’s and a B, Ashley Mooney and Henry Barnard received 2 A’s and 2 B’s.


Wootton Upper School

·        51.2% of students received one of more A* - A grades and 90.7% of students received 3 or more A* – E grades 


Wootton Upper School’s, Headteacher, Tony Withell, was delighted to learn that this year’s A-level results have matched the previous best ever results of 2012. The overall A – E pass rate remains 99% and the grades A – B pass rate is 55% (54% in 2012)


Many congratulations also to the four Sixth Form students who will be joining the 11 fellow Wootton Upper graduates at an Oxbridge university.


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 thank the tremendous dedication and commitment of the staff and governors of the school in supporting them.”


Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “These are excellent results; congratulations must go to all the pupils and staff in the borough who we all know have worked really hard to get to this point in the year. These results show a real improvement on the previous year in many areas and the grades are testament to the excellent education on offer in Bedford Borough and the substantial amount of work put in by so many people.”


There are many options available within Bedford Borough 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 0468.


There is also support available for students who are disappointed with their results. Fully qualified Careers Advisors from the Jobs Hub have been at every Upper School in Bedford Borough on results day. Alternatively, the Jobs Hub 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 an award-winning scheme which has been nationally recognised for it results that it has achieved for supporting local residents of the Bedford Borough with direct access to employment opportunities, training and enterprise support. 

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