A-level results - complete reports from around the district

Mark Rutherford A-Level students celebrate.
Mark Rutherford A-Level students celebrate.

Sixth formers around the district have been celebrating their A-level results as standards have risen again.

Redbourne Upper School in Ampthill is rejoicing with eight of their pupils going onto Oxbridge.

Kimbolton School students celebrate A-level results.

Kimbolton School students celebrate A-level results.

State school Redbourne was given a rating of two in the national A level performance figures (ALP) which means it is listed as outstanding.

Delighted school principal Nigel Croft said: “We normally have some of our students going to Oxford or Cambridge but to have eight is outstanding. I am pleased with our performances as it puts us in the top 10 per cent of schools in the country.

“We’ve got fantastic staff here who always go the extra miile. We also have very hard working pupils. I am proud of everyone associated with the school.”

>> There were more stars at Bedford Sixth Form where there was a 96% pass rate across all subjects, and 100% A2 pass rate in 24 out of 30 subjects.

Liam Matthews and Holly Butteriss from Bedford Sixth Form College.

Liam Matthews and Holly Butteriss from Bedford Sixth Form College.

Liam Matthews gained Grade A * (star) Sociology, A Law and A Psychology and Holly Butteriss a Grade A* Communications and Culture. A Sociology and A Psychology.

Charles Lynch gained Grade A* Human Biology, A Maths and A Chemistry.

Georgie Davies, 18, of Sandy, who achieved a Grade A Level in Dance and Law and a C in English Literature – better than expected results and now has a choice of universities at which to study Law. She said: “Dance is my passion but I want to be a lawyer, The Bedford Sixth Form enabled me to do both.”

Corrin Bulmer, 19, of Bedford left Mark Rutherford sixth form to go on to win Grade B in Dance and Sociology and a C in an Extended Project. She has a place at Brighton University to study Education.

Sophie Manley, aged 19 of Shefford, celebrated 3 Bs in Business, Law and Sociology. She is off to Essex University.

Katherine Gaunt, 18, of Bedford and Lucy Jones 18 of Kempston are both off to their first choice universities. Katherine to study nursing at Herfordshire and Lucy to Kent to study English Literature.

Sammy Warr, a Kempston girl who formerly attended Wootton Upper, achieved Grade A in Comms and Culture and Sociology and a C in English Literature. Sammy is off to Nottingham Trent to study Sociology.

Akash Bhagran, aged 19, of Bedford is off to Leicestershire University to study Physics having gain an A in Maths and B in Physics and Chemistry.

Isabel Olivadoti, aged 18, of Bromham has won a place at Queen Mary University in London after gaining Grade A in Film, Sociology and a C in English Literature.

Daniel Lewis aged 20 of Bedford is off to the prestigious Heriot Watt University to take a five year Masters Degree in Chemisty. Daniel gained Grade A Geology and a B in Chemistry.

Cameron Braithwaite, of Great Denham, is off to take an Industrial Design course at Loughborough University after gaining Grade B in Graphics and Sociology and a C in Psychology. His summer project from the university was to redesign a household item and he chose the razor blade.

Two girls who are off to undertake unusual courses at university are Emily Hoarder, 18, of Bedford who is going to the University of St David in Wales to take Archaeology and Medieval Studies and Laura O’Brien, aged 18 of Rushden, who is to take Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Leeds.

>> Bedford Girls’ School have cause to celebrate as they announce their fantastic A Level results. Including the IB results, 50% of all Upper Sixth entries achieved A* or A grades. With 73% of all results at A*-B grades and an overall 100% pass rate, these impressive results have brought much deserved university success.

Among those to receive terrific news this morning were Alice Devaney, who achieved 3 A*s and an A to secure her place to study Medicine at Birmingham University, Ellie Harbinson, who received 2A*s and 2 A’s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Further Maths and is off to study Medicine at Bristol and Georgia Merchant, who was awarded 2 A*s and an A, securing her place at Oxford University to study Classics. Alice Brightman also achieved 2 A*s and an A and will be joining IB student Zoe Carter at Cambridge University.

Head of Bedford Girls’ School, Jo MacKenzie, said: “We are a school that encourages girls to aim high and with 88% of grades at A*- C and 20% of pupils achieving three or more A/A* grades we are delighted that our girls have shown they can achieve far beyond the national average. We support and challenge every girl to achieve her personal best and these results are a real credit to the effort they have put in to their studies, to the dedication of all our staff and support of parents. We wish all the girls the very best for the future.”

>> A spokesperson for Sharnbrook Upper School said “We have had a record year for university successes for the fourth year in a row with over 92% gaining a place. We’ve 6 students who have won places at Oxford, Cambridge, medical school and veterinary school and have seen a rise in A* grades at A level and A grades at A and AS level.”

>> David Bailey, Head Teacher of Biddenham International School and Sports College said: “ Once again our students have performed at a very high level. We have had really impressive numbers again which is testament to our dedicated staff and to the students themselves.”

For the second year running the school has an Oxbridge student with Harry Brindle going to Oxford to study History. Four students have won places at University College London with others going on to universities including Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, Queen Mary College, London, Birmingham and Bristol.

>> Students and staff at Kimbolton School are celebrating yet another year of fine A Level results this morning with 41 per cent of all grades at A* or A grade. Over one in five of the year group gained at least 3 A*/As. The A*-B rate, the level so closely tied to entry to the top universities, was 75 per cent, with an impressive 87.8 per cent in the all-important *A-C range.

Jonathan Belbin, the Headmaster said, “These excellent results reflect the hard work of our students and staff over the last two years and mean that the vast majority of our sixth formers will be moving on to their university of choice. I am delighted that they have all also demonstrated talents in at least one other field beyond academia, be it sporting, musical, on the stage or in another of our many extra-curricular activities.”

>> Bedford Academy is celebrating its best-ever A level results today with 96 per of its students achieving three A levels at grades A* – E, and an overall pass rate of 100 per cent. The Academy also saw an increase in its top grades this year, bucking the national trend which has seen a slight fall in both A* and A grades and the overall pass rate.

Bedford Academy principal Claire Smith said: “We are absolutely thrilled with this fantastic set of results, They reflect an enormous amount of hard work by both students and teachers who can all feel justifiably proud of their tremendous achievements.”

>> Wootton Academy Trust was also celebrating excellent results. A spokesman said: “We pleased to announce good ‘A’ level and BTEC results for our students and overall pleasing AS outcomes for students at both Wootton Upper School and our new specialist sixth form college based in Stewartby - Kimberley 16 – 19 STEM College.”

Overall, the Trust’s ‘A’ level pass rate is 96% and the ‘A’ level pass rate at grade A – B is 41%.

Simon O’Toole, chairman of the trust, said: “There is much to celebrate in our students’ achievements and we wish all of our Year 13 students every success in their future Higher Education courses or in their future employment. We would also like to wish Tony Withell our retiring Headteacher at Wootton Upper School a long and happy retirement and hope he will look back on these results as a fitting ending to his highly successful career at the school.”

>> Bedford Modern School students celebrated their A Level results with 80% of grades between A*-B. 35 of the 150 students obtained 3A grades or better with the average student achieving ABB.

Michael Hall, headmaster, said: “I am delighted that the majority of students have achieved their chosen university given all their hard work over the past years.”

>> Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College students are celebrating too.

They include:

47% of pupils achieved at least one A Level A* - A grade, compared to 46% in previous academic year

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

29% of pupils achieved two or more A Level A* - A grades compared to 27% in previous academic year

18% of pupils achieved three or more A Level A* - A grades compared to 10% in previous academic year

92% of pupils achieved three or more A Levels A* - E grades, compared to 88% in previous academic year

Martin Fletcher, Head teacher at Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College, said: “2013-14 has been an impressive year for A-Level students at Hastingsbury Business and Enterprise College. With 92% of students gaining 3 or more A-Levels at A*-E (98% 2 or more) and 18% gaining 3 or more A*- A grades. This outcome is an improvement on last year’s results.

“Some of the highlights from this year include; Rachel Botrugno who achieved 3 A Grades and has been accepted to study Dentistry at Bristol University, Henry Atkinson who achieved AAB and has been accepted to study Mathematics at Keele University and Benjamin Zanna who achieved 3 Distinction* and has accepted a place at Worchester University to study Forensic Psychology.

“These are the best results that the college has ever achieved. I am delighted that all the hard work of our students and staff has been rewarded by such fabulous outcomes. I wish each student the very best of luck for the future whether they are going onto university or into employment.”

>> Mark Rutherford School has also seen improvements. They include:

62% of pupils achieved at least one A Level A* - A grade, up from 37% in the previous academic year

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

31% of pupils achieved two or more A Levels A* - A, compared to 20% in the previous academic year

100% achieved two or more A Levels A* - E grades

20% of pupils achieved three or more A Levels A* - A grades, up from 10% in the previous academic year

97% of pupils achieved three or more A Levels A* - E grades, up from 92% in the previous academic year

The percentage of students achieving A* - A grades was much improved on last year. Average points per candidate was also much improved from last year.

BTEC students also excelled with George Darlow, Billy Guinn, Sam Hall, Matthew Kumar, Jordan Parker and Dominic Stonebridge all achieving triple star Distinction grades.

Stephen Peacey, Principal at Mark Rutherford School, said: “Congratulations to all our students. The hard work they have put in and the support they have had from staff has ensured that they have been successful and we wish them all well for the future.”

St Thomas More saw 56% of pupils achieved at least one A Level A* - A grade compared to 42% in previous academic year

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

21% of pupils achieved two or more A Levels A* - A grade compared to 15% in previous academic year

4% of pupils achieved three or more A Levels A* - A grade compared to 2% in previous academic year