Students celebrate exam success

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Dunstable’s 18 year olds gathered to find out the culminaiton of more than 14 years at school on Thursday when they picked up their A level results.

All Saints Academy, Houghton Road, Dunstable, said its students had much to celebrate.

At A Level, the percentage of students achieving the highest Grades of A*-B improved to 30% and the percentage of A*-C Grades was 52%. The A Level pass rate for 2014 was 88%.

Eight subjects achieved a pass rate of 100%. These were: Art, Psychology, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, English, History and Spanish. English and Art had the highest numbers of passes.

Of all entry for A Level Examinations, 66% of those entered for three or more achieved a pass rate of 100%, all students entered for 2 A Levels were successful, and 45% of students entered for one A Level only also achieved this benchmark.

For vocational subjects student attainment is even more impressive. Significant improvements in results were seen in Dance, Business Studies, Health and Social Care and Art. Particularly impressive were the results in Dance, which recorded that 83% of the results were at the top two grades.

Many of All Saints students are taking up places at university to study, including, Biomedical Sciences, Science, Forensic Science, Journalism, Art and Design, Psychology Spanish, Teacher Training, Sports Science and Sports Journalism.

Principal Tom Waterworth said: “We are really pleased with the achievements of our students.

“We know that our students have done really well this year because there is a real buzz around the Academy. The class of 2014 are the first graduates of All Saints Academy as a 13-18 Upper School. These students have seen and survived the many inevitable changes and deserved to do well. We wish them every success in the future.”

Manshead School reported an excellent pass rate for its A­levels.

The pass rate for the sixth formers was 98% at the Dunstable Road, Caddington school and the percentage of students achieving A*­B grades is also high at 48%. 22% of grades were A or A* ­ this is up from 20% last year. Over 80% of students achieved 3 or more A level passes and over 99% achieved 2 passes at A level.

Commenting on the results headteacher, Jim Parker said: “The students deserve great credit for the effort and determination they showed in achieving such impressive results this year.

“In the face of greater competition for places from universities andemployers the students here at Manshead have again responded to this challenge by achievingexcellent A­level results.

“There have been some remarkable individual achievements of which students and their parents should be very proud. Perhaps most importantly the success enjoyed by the students at Manshead sixth form means that they have secured their university places and employment opportunities. The results show that there is great strength in the sixth form at Manshead and that students of all abilities enjoy success in their studies.”