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A Level Results



Students across Bedford Borough celebrated exam success yesterday, with an increase in the number of young people achieving top grades. Based on returns from the 7 upper schools, provisional A Level results show 42% of pupils achieved one or more A* - A grades, an improvement on last year and bucking the national trend as comparable national figures have dropped by 0.1% to 25.9%.


99% of pupils achieved one or more A Levels A* - E compared to 98% nationally.


Across the borough notable successes include:


Bedford Academy

·         95% of pupils achieved two or more A* to E grades

·         Point score per candidate has gone up from 708.7 to 753.8

·         The number achieving one or more A* to A grades has risen by 16%


Biddenham Upper School

·         100% of pupils achieved at least one A Level A* - E grade

·         The number of pupils achieving at least one A level at A* or A grades has increased by 3.5%


Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College

·         The number of pupils achieving at least one A Level A* - A grade, has increased by 18%

·         99% of pupils achieved at least two A Level A* - E grade

·         42% of pupils achieved two or more A Level A* - A grades compared to 29% in previous academic year

·         20.5% of pupils achieved three or more A Level A* - A grades compared to 17.7% in previous academic year


The school’s two top performing students this year are Molly McGrath and Gabrielle Harrison and further congratulations go to Clara Wise who has been offered a Scholarship at the University of Bedfordshire.


Jo Young, Head of Sixth Form at Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College, said: “Our students have achieved great results to allow them to pursue their dreams and aspirations through whichever path they chose to take. I am so proud to have been a part of their journey and wish them every success.”


Mark Rutherford School

·         100% achieved two or more A* to E grades

·         48% of pupils achieved one or more A* to A grades


Students who achieved particularly high grades include:


Daniel Camfield                      A*, A*, A*

James Rootham                     A*, A*, A*

Yaseen Habbas                      A*, A*, A, B

Rhiannon McCaffray              A*, A, A

Natasha Wilson                       A*, A, A

Roshan Chaggar                     A*, A, A

Rachael Taylor                       A, A, A

Lily Hicks                                A*, A, B

Jyothi Misiri                             A*, A, B

Andrew Headley                     A, A, B, B

Kate Langford                         A, A, B

Roin Naseri                             A*, B, B


The following students achieved three or more A* - A equivalents in BTEC subjects:

Georgina Anstee                     3 Distinctions  

Sophie Felton                          3  Distinction*

Joshua Gyngell                       3  Distinction*

Lois Porcelli                             3  Distinction*

Jack Scott                               3  Distinction*


Sixth Form students who will now move onto their post A Level choices, with a high percentage progressing into higher education, include: Rhiannon McCaffray to read History at Cambridge University, Daniel Camfield to read Medicine at Sheffield University and James Rootham to read Chemical Engineering at Manchester University.


Headteacher at Mark Rutherford School, Richard Millard, said: “We are delighted with another significant improvement seen in this year’s A Level results.  Both students and staff are to be congratulated for all their continued hard work and commitment to achieving such excellent outcomes.”


Sharnbrook Upper School

·          43% achieved 1 or more A* to A grade compared to 35% last year

·         24% of pupils achieved two or more A* - A grades compared to 17% in 2014


St. Thomas More

·         100% of pupils achieved at least one A Level A* - E grade

·         99% of pupils achieved at least two A level A* to E grade


Headteacher at St. Thomas More, Alison Wilshaw-Quinn, said: “We are very pleased with the results of A Level students - the top grades of A*- B, despite a national dip, has risen for the school compared to last year's results. The students must be delighted with the results that their hard work has achieved for them - and staff alike. Many have strings of A*s and As and are looking forward to the new adventure that university will bring. Students worthy of mention amongst the many are Edam Kelman (Head boy) and Chanel Quigley (Head girl), as well as Hannah Janes (all A*s), Sam Fattorusso, Sam Blanken, Rebecca Wali, Holly Peace and Komal Shari.”


Wootton Upper School & Arts College and Kimberley 16 – 19 STEM College


·         25% of all students registered at Kimberley College got 2 or more A* - A grades

·         The number of pupils entered for  A level exams increased by 22% this year


Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Congratulations to all the students who have worked so hard to secure these results. We are delighted with the progress seen in A-level attainment across the Borough this year. Our local schools remain top in the region for performance in Ofsted inspections and this year, our A-level attainment has bucked the trend, increasing against a national decline. We will continue to focus on standards and working with all to deliver excellent education for all.”


Upon leaving school, there are many options available within Bedford Borough for pupils to consider. 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 03714 680468.


There is also support available for students who are disappointed with their results. 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 the results 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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