Students and staff at Cardinal Newman Catholic School and Newman Sixth in Luton are celebrating another year of excellent A Level exam results. The average grade score rose to a record high of 212 points per entry, equivalent to an average of just over a C grade for every entry.
As ever there were a number of outstanding individual performances with a number of students gaining A grades across all subjects. There was also a general increase in overall standards as the percentage of entries securing A*-B grades rose 3 points to 44%. The percentage of students achieving 3A*-E grades also increased to 93%, over 15% higher than the national average last summer.
Joe Richardson, Headteacher of Cardinal Newman Catholic School, commented: “This is a fantastic achievement by students and staff in the school. We set very high standards for our students demanding high performance levels throughout the course and this is reflected in the results achieved this summer. We are particularly pleased to see so many of our students in such a strong position to progress onto University or secure employment. Cardinal Newman is a college where all students have the opportunity to fulfil their potential and I am particularly pleased to see so many students who came to Cardinal Newman from other schools doing so well.”
Many students were overjoyed with their results. Elena Panepinto and Frances Welch both secured places at Nottingham University with top grades and commented on the high level of support available to them throughout their studies. Among other students securing top grades were Eamonn Kitching, Emily Rand and Muhammad-Ismail Abdul-Karim. Muhammad achieved A*A*A across Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry and did this at the same time as completing Islamic Studies. He noted the excellent support available from his teachers and recognised the way that staff at Cardinal Newman go the extra mile to ensure students achieve the best that is possible.