Weeks of nerves, wonder and excitement all came to a head on Thursday as teenagers from across Leighton Buzzard received their A-level results.
The LBO was on hand to capture the mood as pupils opened their envelopes, and headteachers spoke of their relish at this year’s results.
Tim Carroll, head of Vandyke Upper School, said: “Results are very pleasing with many students getting in on their first choice university place. For the small number not getting the right grades there are opportunities through clearing and this is working out very well.”
“A-levels are demanding and students deserve every credit for their achievements. I am delighted that so many students have achieved so well. This is an exciting time for them and they deserve our congratulations and best wishes.”
“Many students are going on to a wide range of universities and courses, ranging from History at Exeter, French at Liverpool and Physics at Birmingham.”
Amber Williams achieved A* grades in English Literature, History and Economics and will read History at Cambridge. Opening her results envelope Amber said: “I feel so relieved to have made my offer grades. The work and build up have all been worthwhile and I’m really grateful to all of my excellent teachers.”
Joyce Hamya will be going to Kings College London to read English having achieved all A* and A grades. Joyce said: “It’s been tough but really rewarding and the support of staff at Vandyke has made it worthwhile. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.”
Mr Carroll added: “Collectively results are very strong with students making outstanding progress in their time in the Vandyke Sixth Form. This year results in Biology, English, History and Law are especially pleasing. Overall students have scored a 99.7% pass-rate at A-level and this year we have a record points score per entry of 216.”
“Some students who have achieved excellent results are choosing not to go to university but are moving on to advanced apprenticeships or employment. We wish them all every success.”
Over at Cedars Upper, headteacher Steve Palmer, said they had been celebrating some outstanding achievements, both at AS and A-level.
He said: “The students have been incredibly excited after months of really hard work and they deserve their success. Many students have exceeded target grades, and there have also been some outstanding individual performances. We are working to ensure that all Year 13 students get their preferred destination, whether it be university or elsewhere.
“There were many students that achieved top grades across their subjects and those listed below are just few of those of whom we are so proud:
Sam Baxter - 1 A* and 2 A grades; Kajsa Bigeat – 2 A grades and 2 B grades; Joe BiggerstaFF - 1 A* and 2 A grades; Jordan Clay – 2 A grades and 1 B grade; Jenny Curtis - 3 A* grades; Eve Daly - 2 A grades and 1 B grade; Carys Dann – 1 A grade, 1 Distinction * and 1 B grade; Harvey Eldridge - 2 A* and 1 A grade; Joe Gillions- 1 A* and 2 A grades; Sophie James – 2 A grades and 1 B grade; Elliot Lafferty - 3 A grades; Alison Lowe – 2 A* and 1 A grade; Felicity Massingberd-Mundy- 3 A* and 1 A grade; Lizzie Oke - 1 A*, 1 Distinction * and 1 B grade; Jack Robinson – 3 A grades; William Sheppard – 2 A grades and 2 B grades; Sarah Stevenson - 3 A* grades; Kevin Tsang - 3 A* and 1 A grade.
Mr Palmer added: “We were extremely pleased to see a very large increase in the number of top grades being awarded at A-level, despite the national figures falling this year.
“The percentage of grades at A* or A nearly doubled and the percentage at A*-B also showed a big jump.
“Thank you to all of the members of staff that have worked so hard with the students and to parents and carers for their amazing support.
“This year group achieved so much in terms of sports and the arts, and so it is great to see academic success also achieved. Each year there seems to be more and more uncertainty regarding the exam system and yet more change for students and teachers to contend with. So to maintain our high standards and to ‘achieve excellence’ is extremely pleasing.”
The Cottesloe School in Wing is celebrating the third consecutive year of improved student A-level results.
The school’s pass rate was again above the national average at 99.4%.
Headteacher, Andy McBurnie, said: “Due to a 45 point increase in the average university point score achieved by each student, I am delighted to say that the vast majority of our students achieved their offers and did so exceptionally well.
“It is a testament to their hard work and determination, and the excellent teaching standard which they receive here at The Cottesloe. All of our students, regardless of their ability or aspirations, have made well informed choices about their futures, and I wish every one of them very successful futures.”
Notable successes were:
> Joshua Jackson who achieved an A* and three A grades and will now study politics at Queens College, Cambridge.
> Brynn Blake who achieved two A grades and two B grades and will now study philosophy at Kings College, London.
> Rowan Holland who achieved two A* and an A and will now study maths at Warwick.
> Chloe McMinn achieved four A grades.