Success for Bedford students as schools slowly release A-level results

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Mark Rutherford A-levels 2020
Mark Rutherford students picking up their A-level results

Despite a ‘media blackout’ from most Bedford schools today, signs of success for some Bedford A-level students have begun to emerge.

As we reported earlier normally the Bedford Independent, as well as other media in the area, would be publishing articles detailing the A-level results at each of the Borough’s schools.

But with the coronavirus lockdown causing almost 40% of national results to be downgraded, many local schools have remained tight-lipped.

The social media accounts of many schools and teachers have also remained quiet, with the usual posts congratulations celebration noticeably lacking.

Despite this, some stories of individual success are filtering through.

Lincroft Academy: Jamie Whiting

Lincroft Academy student Jamie Whiting, is just 16 and in Year 11, has achieved an A* in both Maths and Further Maths A-Levels.

Jamie achieved a Grade 9 in his Maths GCSE in 2018, as well as an A in Maths and Further Maths AS-levels last year – all of which were exams he also took two years early.

Jamie’s decision to take his A Levels early meant he was the only Lincroft Academy student to receive A Level results today as the school only teaches young people up to the age of 16.

Jamie will receive his GCSE grades alongside his fellow classmates next Thursday.

“Jamie has done incredibly well in achieving such impressive A Level grades at such a young age,” said Andrew Hencken, Academy Principal at Lincroft Academy.

“We are delighted he has achieved a ‘full house’ in top grades following his AS Level results last year and GCSE result the year before.”

Bedford Sixth Form: Tanaya Singh

Tanaya Singh, 18, is off to Kings College London to study geography thanks to her three A-level passes in Geography, Govt & Politics and English Literature & Language.

The first in her family to go to university, Tanaya has her sights set on career in policy-making in the Government.

She has already won a valuable bursary from the Peter Roberts Collab Group of £2,500. In addition, she has is being helped with a grant from the Harpur Trust.

“The funding will help me buy equipment for extra curricular activities and fields trips on my geography course, which I start in September,” said Tanya.

“It will enable me to take some extra steps towards employment in Government where I hope to get a role when I have completed my degree.”

The bursary is awarded by The Harpur Trust who offer university bursaries to pupils to help them with their costs for higher education.

This year, 16 candidates will be receiving funding under the programme.

Some schools have released their full results

Mark Rutherford

Mark Rutherford School staff are said to be “very pleased with this summer’s A Level results despite the challenges this academic year has brought due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The majority of subjects on offer achieved a 100% pass rate with the percentage of A* and A grades also seeing an increase from last year.

Over 38% of all students achieved at least one A* or A grade.

A number of subjects, including Spanish, French, Music, Further Maths and English Literature, achieved 100% A*-C grades.

Mrs Foster, Deputy Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form said: “We always look forward to hearing from the students and their successes as they start the next phase of their journey as confident and independent young adults.”

Rushmoor/St Andrew’s School

Rushmoor have announced 100% of grades achieved were at a pass of A*- E and 73% of all grades have been awarded at A*- B.

(l-r) Leon Smith and Leuan Daniel collect their A-level results
(l-r) Leon Smith and Leuan Daniel collect their A-level results

“This is an incredible achievement for our pupils given the challenging circumstances this year.,” said a spokesperson for the school.

“This brilliant set of grades really do demonstrate that the nurturing environment and ethos of hard work in Rushmoor/St Andrew’s Sixth Form is incredibly beneficial for pupils and, ultimately, leads to a great deal of success.”

The school highlighted some “very notable high achievers” too:

  • Leon Smith: 3 A* and 1 A
  • Eve Enwright: 3 A*
  • Alex Brown: 1 A*, 2 A and 1 B
  • Muhammad Abidi: 2 A and 1 B
  • Max Cooper-Kilroy: 2 A and 1 B
  • Gracie-Mae White: 1 A* and 2 B

This was the first year of Cambridge Technical results for Rushmoor. All students entered sat the Extended Diploma in Business which is equivalent to three A level subjects.

“We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to all our pupils who have received grades this year during these testing times, you are all an absolute credit,” added the spokesperson.

Sharnbrook Academy

While Sharnbrook didn’t reveal their full results, they did highlight some individual successes:

  • Sophie Hadden-Becker, who achieved A*A*A*A. Sophie is going on to read Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bath.
  • Joshua Fitzmaurice, who attained A*A*A*. Joshua is taking up his place at the University of Warwick to study Computer Science.
  • Leon Price, who achieved A*AAA. Leon is heading to Durham University to study Maths.
  • Joy Keenan also received A*AAA. Joy is going on to read Medicine at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
  • Jack Bunker achieved A*AA. Jack is going to Lancaster University to study Human Geography.

“Our fantastic Year 13 students have shown immense commitment and dedication to their studies over the past two years,” said Clare Raku, Academy Principal

“They have been particularly resilient throughout the turbulence of the last few months. It has been a very difficult year, but one that all our students have dealt with admirably.”

More to come…

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