Dunstable’s best and brightest celebrated fantastic GCSE results on Thursday, despite national grades being at their lowest for 25 years.
Manshead School saw an improvement in the number of students achieving five A*-C grades – 85 per cent compared to 82 per cent last year.
Alisha Patel got the A and A* grades she had been hoping for.
She said: “I can’t believe it! I’ve been praying all summer and all morning!”
Headteacher Jim Parker said: “I am delighted that the students have been so successful.
“Their hard work and effort has really paid off.
“The students and their parents should be proud of their achievements – the school certainly is.”
All Saints Academy was particularly pleased with improvement in the A*-C grades for English and maths.
The school’s highest achiever was Ryan Riordan, who gained six A*s, three As and one B.
He said: “I expected some of these results, but I’ve beenworrying all summer so I’m glad to get them.”
Esther Omotayo also achieved a selection of A*s, As and Bs . She said: “I’m going to go tell my mum now – she’s waiting in the car outside.”
Principal Tom Waterworth said: “I am really pleased with these results.
“The current achievement rate is a huge improvement since we started and I am certain this will be well above the average for all upper schools in Central Beds.”
As many as 95 per cent of students at Queensbury Academy achieved five or more A* to C grades – an increase of 15 per cent from last year.
Benjamin Baker achieved four A*s, six As and one B. He said: “I’ve not been nervous all summer, except for this morning!
“I would like to study something like aerodynamic engineering in Southampton.”
Headteacher Oliver Button said: “Congratulations to all our students and we look forward to welcoming many of them back to our sixth form in September.”
Initial indications are that the number of students across Central Beds achieving five A* - C grades including maths and English has risen to 58.6 per cent.
The number achieving five A*-C grades across all subjects has risen to 82.3 per cent.
Councillor James Jamieson said: “So many of our young people have achieved great results and I am very proud of their achievements.
“The results are even more impressive given the national picture, which indicates a drop in the number of pupils achieving five A* - C grades including English and maths.
“The results are testament not only to their hard work and dedication but also that of their teachers and parents. I wish everyone who got results today every success for the future.”