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A Level Results 2016



Students across Bedford Borough are celebrating exam success. Based on returns from 8 upper schools, provisional A Level results show 99.3% of pupils achieved one or more A* - E grades.


Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Congratulations to everyone who got their results and thank you to all the parents, carers, teachers who have helped you on the way. I would like to give recognition to the hard-working students, and their dedicated teachers, who have secured these results as they look to take their next steps into the world of work or on into further and higher education: Well done!”


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 03714 680468.


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 results that it has achieved for supporting local residents of the Bedford Borough with direct access to employment opportunities, training and enterprise support. 


Across the borough notable successes include:


Bedford Academy

94.2% of students achieved three or more A levels at grades A* - E and 59.6% gained 1 or more A*-A grade.


Biddenham Upper School

81.2% of pupils achieved three or more A Level A* - E grade and 31.8% gained 1 or more A*- A grade.


Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College

Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College secured their best results ever with 82.6% of students achieving three A levels at grades A* - E and 63.8% gaining 1 or more A*- A grade.


Achievements of particular note were:                   

Connor Roberts – Chemistry – A*, Mathematics – A*, Physics – A*, Further Mathematics AS – A.

Jana Craddock – English Language – A, English Literature – A, History – B.

Lara McErlean – English Language – A, English Literature – A, History – B.

Jonah Atkinson – Mathematics – A, Further Mathematics – B, Music – B.

Jessica Ujjal – Biology – A, Chemistry – B, History – B, Maths AS – C.


Martin Fletcher, Head teacher at Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College, said: “These are a fantastic set of results and are a product of all the hard work and dedication of our students and staff over the last two years. Some students have achieved really well despite some difficult personal and family circumstances. I am very proud of them all and wish everyone the best of luck as they now move onto university, apprenticeships or employment.”


Kimberly Stem College

69% of students achieving three A levels at grades A* – E and 39.1% gained 1 or more an A*- A grade.


Mark Rutherford School

64.4% of students achieving three A levels at grades A* – E and 27.8% gained 1 or more an A*- A grade.


Students who achieved particularly high grades, include:


Zara Coull                                           A*,A*,A           

Holly Bogacki                                      A*,A,A

Daniel Hare                                         A*,A*,A,A

Kelly Knights                                       A*A*,A*

Aman Kundra                                      A,A,A

Molly Simpson                                    A*,A,A

Rebecca Smith                                   A,A,A

Katie White                                          A*,A,A


Richard Millard, Head teacher at Mark Rutherford School, said: “We are delighted with another improvement in our A level and BTEC results. Congratulations to all the students and staff for all their hard work.”


Sharnbrook Upper School

74.1% of students achieving three A levels at grades A* – E and 51.5% gained 1 or more an A*- A grade.


A Sharnbrook Upper School spokesperson said: "At Sharnbrook, whenever it makes sense for students’ future plans to continue into year 13 with two of their original A levels, but picking up an AS level (or equivalent) as their third option, as long as we can, we allow it.  That was the case this year, leaving 238 students in year 13 on three full A levels.  Of those, 96.2% gained an A* - E in all three A levels.  We are delighted that 51.5% of our entire year 13 cohort gained one or more A*- A! Overall our students achieved fantastic results with a 98.8% pass rate, 73.6% of exams awarded A*-C grades and a very impressive 26.1% graded A or A*. 23 of our students attained 3 or more of these very highest grades."


St. Thomas More

94.7% of students achieving three A levels at grades A* – E and 53.3% gained 1 or more an A*- A grade.


Alison Wilshaw, Head teacher at St. Thomas More, said: “We are very pleased with the rise in A-level results this year at St. Thomas More, with the proportion of students achieving an A* or A grade going up to over 50%! The average point score per entry has also risen by well over half a grade per exam result, boosted by the increase in high end grades our students have achieved. A number of subject areas have seen improvement in their exam outcomes, with some student progression from GCSE scores landing them in the top 25% of the country. Many students have gained entry to their first choice universities with the overwhelming majority of those who wanted to go on to study for a degree being able to do so.”


Some of the top scorers were:

Mario Colapietro, Shabaz Malik, Nathan Stobbs, Kierra Barratt, Jacob Frederick, Monica Fitzgerald, Jordan Carver, James Davies , Emily Hearn, Anya McLoughlin, Jacob Frederick, Suraj Ram, Hannah Flowers.


Wootton Academy

86.7% of students achieving three A levels at grades A* – E and 40% gained 1 or more an A*- A grade.

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