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'A' Level Results - Even Better than Last Year

Schools across the borough are celebrating, following the release of provisional ‘A’ Level results today. Notable successes include:

Biddenham Upper School

  • 22 students received one or more A*-A grades

Patrick Meriru achieved four A grades and will go on to study history at Oxford University. Seven other students at the school also received three A grades.

Head Teacher, David Bailey, said: "Students worked hard to achieve their grades and as a school we would like to commend all their effort."


Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College

  • 13 students received one or more A*-A grades


Harpreet Kaur Sooch, 18, was the only student at Hastingsbury Business & Enterprise College to sit for four subjects at ‘A’ Level. Harpreet studied Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Economics and received ‘A’ grades in all of them. Accompanied by her proud Father, Manjit Singh Sooch, Harpreet outlined that her Head Teacher, Mr Fletcher, had been very supportive of her studies after she achieved 10 A* GCSE’s. Harpreet plans for the future are to study medicine, and she has secured a place at University which she is really excited about.


John Bunyan Upper School

  • Three students achieved 1 or more A*-A grades


Mark Rutherford Upper School

  • 37 students achieved 1 or more A*-A grades

Mark Rutherford Sixth form results continue to improve reflecting the hard work that has been put in by students and staff.

  • Percentage of A* - B grades is up by 10% on last year with exceptional performances in Maths, Dance and Art. The overall pass rate improved by 4% with average point score per entry increasing by 14 points on last year.
  • Alongside A Levels, BTEC courses have shown considerable improvement with 9 Sports Science students achieving triple distinctions, the equivalent of 3 A grades at A level.

In Performing Arts 93% of entries achieved Distinction, the highest grade equivalent to an A grade at A Level.

  • Several students achieved the new A* grade with Xin Gao 2A* and 1A, Edwin Ireland and Adam Jones both with 3A’s, and Rebecca Crossley and Michael Naylor both with 4A’s.

A further 9 students achieved triple distinctions in BTEC courses.


Xin Gao highlights the school’s recent links with China. Xin joined the school at the start of Year 12 having moved from China to England. She was awarded the Sixth Form prize for best student in May and has now achieved A* in Chemistry and Maths and an A in Physics. Xin plans to go to Manchester University to study accounting and finance.  


Steve Peacey, Head Teacher, at Mark Rutherford Upper School, said: “We are very pleased with the results this year.  They reflect the hard work and dedication of students and staff and our commitment to continuous improvement.  Congratulations to all our students and we wish them well for the future.”


Sharnbrook Upper School and Community College

  • 100 students received one or more A*-A grades


St. Thomas More Catholic Upper School

  • 32 students received one or more A*-A grades


Joint Head Teachers Frances Topa and Alison Wilshaw are delighted to report a set of ‘A’ Level results with 77% of the cohort achieving A*- C grades and an outstanding 99% pass rate. Particularly significant are the exceptional results of Christopher Helmund, who gained three A*’s and two A grades, he will be taking a place at Jesus College in Cambridge. Other students who obtained A* and A grades were Tania Anderson, Ramandip Bhangle, Marco Sereno, Evelyn O’Carroll Roisin Magill.


Wootton Upper School

  • 51 students received one or more A*- A grades


The school received an overall ‘A’ level pass rate of 99%. In terms of the Performing Arts, 71% of Dance entries & 40% of Performing Arts entries gained the new A* grade; a great achievement for an Arts College. Other subjects with very high A* achievement include Religious Studies 39% & Sociology 33%.


Sarah Kelly gained 3A* grades and was the top attaining student in the year group.


Cllr David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, at Bedford Borough Council, said: “I’m delighted that this year’s ‘A’ Level results are even better than last year. I congratulate all those who have worked so hard to achieve such impressive grades. I hope that disappointed students will continue to pursue alternative routes to a university place or other means of fulfilling their personal ambitions.”

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


There is also support available for students who are disappointed with their results, they can contact Connexions on 0808 001 3219.


A ‘What Next?’ guide is also available and can be found online at http://www.bedford.gov.uk/


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