A-level students praised by Vandyke’s headteacher

Vandyke Upper School
Vandyke Upper School

The long wait was over at Vandyke Upper School in Leighton Buzzard where sixthformers were celebrating another excellent set of A-level results.

Headteacher Tim Carroll said: “This year results are very pleasing with almost all students getting in on their first choice university place.

“For the small number not getting the grades for 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. This was the first year since the rule change removing January exams and this certainly made life even more challenging for students.

“Among the results this year are some excellent performances. 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.”

“Collectively results are very strong. This year results in Mathematics are especially pleasing. Overall students have scored a 98% pass-rate at A-level and this year we have a record points score per student of 771.”

“Many students are going on to a wide range of universities and courses, ranging from Maths at Manchester and History at Birmingham to Geography at Durham and Engineering at Loughborough.”

“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.”

Speaking after receiving his results, George Tartaglia said: “I got A, B, B and will be going to study History at Leeds. I feel relieved and very pleased! Teachers have been brilliant in supporting me to get these grades.”

Andre Clark: “This morning I was more thinking about my friends really but they have done well. I am pleased with my grades having got three A* in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. I am going to study Maths at Manchester. It is a great place to study and I am really looking forward to it.”

Ryan Styles: “I got A in History and Bs in English and Maths and so have got my place at Birmingham to study History. I chose History I think because I have been inspired by my teachers in that subject and I am sorry to be leaving.”

Jasmin Devshi: “It has been hard and I didn’t think I’d done well – but I have! Not being able to do re-sits in January made it harder this year but I will be going to Manchester to do Psychology and I can’t wait!”

Aaron Kennedy: “I got an A in Maths and 2 Bs and a C and I will be going to Loughborough to study Mechanical Engineering. Maths and Science have always been my thing but I want to thank my A-level teachers especially in Physics for sharing the passion! I decided on Loughborough because I want to pursue my rock climbing and it has good indoor facilities for this and easy access to the Peak District.”

Joe Churchill: “I got 3 Bs and am going to do my dream course in Ecology at Aberdeen. Eventually I want to work with animals on conservation so this should be a good start.”

Tom Wyatt: “I got an A*, two As and a B and it was just great to get the results this morning and feel the relief. This means I will be going to my first choice of Durham to read Geography. It was not so much the course as the city that attracted me. It will be a great place to live.

Ben Roff: “I have 3 As and a B and can take up my first choice of History at Kings in London.”

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