Hundreds of students across Luton nervously opened their GCSE results this morning.
Nationally there was a drop in the proportion of top grades awarded for the second year in a row, but there were plenty of students in Luton who were absolutely delighted with their results.
At Cardinal Newman High School, Headteacher Jane Crow said the school had achieved better results than last year and that she was thrilled.
Mrs Crow said: “We are very pleased, there are lots of very happy smiling faces here this morning. We are hoping many of the students will return for Sixth Form as they have been a lovely year group.”
Cardinal Newman student Shannon Bradley scored five A*s including an A* in maths.
She said: “I wasn’t expecting this. I love maths though. I am staying here to do my A-levels in maths, further maths and physics.”
Head girl Kayleigh McKee scored six A*s, three As and a distinction in IT and said: “I can’t believe it, I am so pleased. We’ll all be celebrating on Saturday together.”
At Denbigh High School, Riya Hai said: “I got As and A*s in everything, I worked really hard for them. I’m going to Luton Sixth Form College in September and then I’m hoping to go to university and read anything science-related like medicine or astrophysics - anything psychics,I love science. I’m really pleased.”
Another star student at Denbigh High School was Aleksandra Lada who achieved an incredible six A*s in English Literature, Polish, Spanish, Geography and History, and five As.
Fellow Denbigh High School student Forid Uddin said: “I am exceptionally happy, I passed all my exams including As in maths and chemistry. I’m going to Luton Sixth Form College in September to study maths and statistics, accounting and economics.”
At Barnfield South Academy, staff and students were celebrating a record 78 per cent pass rate.
Director General Sir Peter Birkett said: “It’s amazing - 78 per cent is the best in the history of the school and will be the best score in Luton. It;s a 27 per cent improvement from last year. When you think this school was at about 13 per cent five years ago, it was a sink school, and now with these results it is the best in Luton.”
Barnfield South student Anisa Kayani was thrilled with her three A*s, eight As and two Bs.
She said: “I’ve been working hard since year nine. I am happy but now my mind is focusing on A-levels. I’m going to Luton Sixth Form College to study chemistry, biology, maths and history. History is my favourite subject and I’m glad I got an A* in that. I am just glad that all the hard work paid off.”
Another Barnfield South student Oluwashola Olatunji said: “I got a C in Maths and a C in English, I am very pleased with it. I am going to Bedford college to study IT level three. I am so happy, I just feel like jumping up to the sky. I told my Dad on the phone and he is very happy. I’m so pleased.”
For full results coverage and photographs see the Luton News on sale on Wednesday.