A Level results day: Students across Luton celebrate excellent exam results
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Anxious students across Luton received their A-Level results this morning.
Thousands of students across the UK sat their exams in May and June, and today their determination paid off. Nationally, The proportion of A or A* grades has lowered since the peak of 44.8% during the pandemic. UCAS have said that 79% of UK students were given a spot at their first choice university, compared to 81% from 2022 and 74% in 2019.
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Students at Cardinal Newman secured an A*- C grade in nearly two thirds of the papers that were sat.
Andrew Bull, Headteacher, said: “We are extremely proud of every young person that sat their A-Levels this year. Every cohort of students who have taken exams over recent years has faced some pretty unique challenges, and this group have never actually sat any formal exams in their secondary school career.
“Their journey to today simply makes their achievements all the more impressive – and their resilience and determination to succeed will undoubtedly set them in good stead for their bright futures.”
Student Katie Connolly was delighted to achieve a Distinction*, Distinction and BB after facing a significant time away from school for hospital and medical appointments – which left Katie using a wheelchair. Katie is currently staying at Cardinal Newman Sixth Form to be a teaching assistant and help students in and around the school.
In addition, Patrick Roots was celebrating a B, C and D and will be heading to Nottingham Trent. Patrick is a visually impaired students who missed much of the last seven years having had several operations on his eyes that have taken him away from his studies.
Andrew Bull added: “Throughout the last few years, our aspirations for students have remained high, both for their academic success and in providing them with the skills and confidence to take on whatever they plan to do next. Their efforts are truly inspiring. Congratulations everyone!”
Luton Sixth Form College
Luton Sixth Form’s A Level students achieved an impressive 97% pass rate, with 43.7% of students achieving high grades.
Principal & CEO Altaf Hussain expressed his elation, and said: “While nationally A level high grades have fallen by 9.2% our students have bucked the trend and we have seen an increase of 5.5%. They have had a tough few years and that’s why I am immensely proud of them for their exceptional accomplishments. These results are a testament to their hard work, resilience, and the collaborative spirit that permeates our institution.”
He added: “Our success is also attributed to the tireless efforts of teaching and support staff and the hard working families of our students who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to nurturing and guiding our ambitious students towards academic excellence. Our personalised support, innovative teaching methods, and rigorous curriculum have played a pivotal role in shaping these remarkable achievements and the vast majority of our students will be able to secure their first choice place at university.
"As the college celebrates this year’s achievements, we looks forward to welcoming a new cohort of students who will undoubtedly continue to uphold the tradition of excellence that Luton Sixth Form College has come to symbolise.”
Shared Learning Trust
Hard work and motivation has paid off for students at The Shared Learning Trust.
Sixth form students at the Chalk Hills Academy and Stockwood Park Academy received impressive results with an increase in grades AAB in facilitating subjects, and a 100% pass rate for subjects such as Applied Psychology, IT Diploma, Business and Health and Social Care.
Top performing students have included Ayman Odeh who has achieved the following grades: Chemistry A*, Further Maths A, Italian A*, Mathematics A*, Physics A and Kiara Woolf who achieved A* in Sociology, B in Criminology, and a B in Psychology.
Kiara, who will be studying Psychology at Royal Holloway in London, said: “I’m really amazed and grateful to everyone who has helped me along the way, and I am really excited about my next steps after sixth form.”
Ian Sudbery, Vice Principal of Curriculum and Outcomes added: “Our young people are ambitious and aspirational and have shown real determination and courage in recent times. We are incredibly proud that our year 13 students can move on the next stage of their lives with confidence. We look forward to hearing about their continued success”.
Manshead CE Academy
Andy McBurnie, Headteacher, said: “These students did not sit GCSE exams and the A Levels exams were their first experience of national examinations. It is a testimony to their character and resilience that they have achieved so well. I am extremely grateful for all the hard work of the staff at Manshead for supporting and guiding their students during this challenging time.”
Headteacher Helen Palmer said: “A child’s success is a team effort - from their classroom teachers and the Sixth Form team who have provided excellent pastoral care, to the senior team and support from home. Everyone has gone above and beyond to ensure that students can achieve their full potential. We wish all students the absolute best as they move on to their future destinations.”
There have been notable successes in History, Politics and Business and Finance, with a number of students achieving the top grades to get into university. Criminology has also been very successful, with a number of students achieving As in this subject, and some choosing to go on and study it further at university.