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“We couldn”t have done it anywhere else” Say Students

With a 100 per cent pass rate for last week’s A-levels, students at Bedford College have a reason to celebrate!

Adding to the contentment, more students achieved grades A or B than the national average in most subjects. Some thank the extended support networks, while others firmly believe in the college’s independent work pattern. Sociology scored the most A and B grades, with 70 per cent students, followed by 50 per cent of science students taking Biology and Chemistry. Archaeology, as a new subject, seems to be a favourite amongst Bedfordites with more than 70 per cent gaining grade A.

The results validate the College’s position as the top provider of university students in Bedfordshire four years ago, sending more youngsters on to university than any other state or private school in the county.

A word of their own”¦

Sarah Edwards of Meppershall near Biggleswade believes in Bedford’s independent work patterns. “College is a more grown up environment and they allow you to work to your own pattern,” says Sarah who, disillusioned after a year of “A” levels at Samuel Whitbread Upper School, achieved two B’s and a C and got a place at Keele University in Staffordshire.

After having failed to get a place at Wootton Upper School sixth form, Lisa Tombs of Kempston, a dyslexic, was welcomed at Bedford and gained an A and two B’s in her half-way AS exams. Her boyfriend Lee Deason got three A’s in his A-levels. Both have thanked the college’s extended support for their success: “We couldn”t have done it anywhere else.”

So what is it that makes Bedford an educational hub for all intelligentsia? “We, at Bedford, see the student as an individual and offer all the help we can to bring out the best in them,” explains Pauline Kendall, the head of the sixth form at Bedford College.

Aakriti Kaushik

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