A Level Results - Impressive Performance in Challenging Times

Bishop Luffa Sixth Formers celebrated impressive A Level results. Nearly 30% of all exams taken by the group of 148 students gained top grades A*-A, and across the cohort students achieved an average of a B grade overall.

A Level Results Day 8Jamie Saunders, Head of Sixth Form, said, “Students have had to tackle a new curriculum in almost every A-Level subject, which makes their performance all the more impressive in challenging times. They have worked extremely hard to meet their potential and now embark on a range of exciting courses at some very competitive universities. The year group have been wonderful to work with and did amazingly well to raise over £6000 for charity this year. They have shown that they have not only great intelligence but also the character to succeed in higher education and beyond and make a really positive impact on society and the wider world. We will miss them here but wish them the best of luck for the future.”

Nick Taunt, Headteacher, added, “I am delighted for all our students. The Government has made no bones about the need to raise standards, and students have risen to the challenge of exams that are more difficult than in the past. Behind the headlines, there are also students who have faced real hurdles in their journeys and, with extremely hard work, have achieved great results. Many congratulations to them – and to the whole Year group.

Following top results this year, three students have gained places at the University of Cambridge: Isabella Crouch (A*A*A) to read Modern & Medieval Languages, Joseph Foye (A*A*A*) Philosophy at Selwyn and Hugh Hudson (A*A*A*) Engineering at Magdalene. Ben Slater who achieved his results last year also gained a place at the University of Oxford to study Computer Science at St Catherine’s College.

Also with top grades, Hugo Duncan-Duggal (A*AA), Alexander Hughes (AAB) and James Pendle (A*A*A) go to study Medicine at the University of Bristol, St George’s, University of London and the University of Bristol respectively.

Other students who achieved at least three straight A* grades are taking a variety of university courses: Alex Benjamin is to study Architecture at Liverpool, Leo Bugeja Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial and Lucy Ryan History at Manchester.

A further nine students gained straight A grades or higher: Claudia Aspinall Nessling (A*A*A) is to take a gap year before applying for Oxford to study Art, Thomas Dawtrey (A*AA) to read Mathematics with Economics at the LSE, Emily Hawkins (A*A*A) Graphic Communication at Reading, Hugo Karas (A*A*AA) Physics at St Andrews, Nathan Meagher (AAA) is to go through clearing, Lukas Munns (A*AA) Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough, Lily Potts (AAA) Social Anthropology at the LSE, Jessica Turner (A*AA) is to do an Art Foundation course and Henry Wells (A*A*A) is to study Meteorology and Climate (with a year in Oklahoma) at The University of Reading.

A Level exams summary for Year 13 students

Total number of students in Year 13 148
Total number of A2 entries 424
% of A2 entries awarded A* grade [and total number} 12% [49]
% of A2 entries at grades A*-B 59% [250]
% of entries awarded grades A*-E 98% [414]
Average A2 points score per entry+ 37 [B]

The DfE points score for each grade at A2 is awarded as follows:

Grade A* A B C D E
A2 60 50 40 30 20 10

+calculated by adding together the points score of each A2 entry and dividing by the total number of entries

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