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St Dunstan’s College celebrates A level results

Following the challenges of recent months and all the uproar regarding the A Level results, it is lovely to hear from St Dunstan’s College with good reason for celebration. Our A Level results are amongst the strongest seen in recent years. We have the highest A* percentage on record, at 20%. Nearly half of all the grades awarded were either A or A* (49%) and 78% of grades were A* – B, both of which represent considerable uplift from last year. The College is also delighted to confirm 20% of the cohort received straight A grades or higher, as well as 100% Oxbridge success and all three of our talented young artists achieving their first-choice Art Foundation Course. At the time of writing, 78% of applicants have made it onto their first-choice higher education course, and we expect this to increase as the morning unfolds. Speaking about today’s A Level results, St Dunstan’s Headmaster, Mr Nicholas Hewlett explained: ‘We have good reason for celebration this morning, with our A Level results amongst the strongest in …

Crystal Palace Festival

Coming this weekend, the Crystal Palace Festival will be live streamed on the 15 & 16 August. They have recently announced some very special guests for the show which will be beaming live to your homes and gardens from the Upper Norwood Library Hub! Alongside a fabulous programme of Crystal Palace and south London artists, don’t miss these brilliant musicians and comedians: Kingdem – Rodney P & Blak Twang 2019’s Kingdem tour saw three of UK Hip Hop’s most heavyweight artists join forces for an explosive experience but now sadly Ty, one of the UK’s most prolific and beloved rappers, is no longer with us. Rodney P and Blak Twang reuniting for a very special performance of Kingdem material, celebrating Ty’s huge impact and talent tru-thoughts.co.uk/artists/the-kingdem-rodney-p-ty-blak-twang/ Marcus Brigstocke The organisers are thrilled to welcome the wonderful Marcus Brigstocke, comedian, writer and broadcaster. He was the BBC New Comedian of 1996, and is a regular at the Edinburgh festival, where his shows have included Planet Corduroy, The Museum Of Everything, and The Award Winning Show. He once had a #11 chart …

Straight Outta Surrey, 36 Years Too late

School band reunites after three decades during lockdown to release their debut album ‘Neon Highway’. In 1981 ‘Don’t Mention It’ was another hopeful ‘new romantic’ band dreaming of releasing an album and being featured in Smash Hits Magazine alongside their idols, Kraftwerk, Ultravox and Duran Duran. The band; Mark Duggan, Martin West and Steve Shillito (our wonderful graphic designer based in SE23) spent their days in school but when the parents went away during bank-holiday weekends, they recorded electronic music on C-60 tapes with hired equipment and borrowed synths. After a few years’ life happened and they drifted apart, their dreams of releasing an album never realised. Fast-forward to February 2020 and the COVID-19 lockdown provided space to reunite on Facebook and dust off the old synthesizers and guitars. Martin had moved to New York, Steve was in London and Mark lived in Kent, but they embraced new online technology and started mixing songs ‘in the cloud’. The guys fell instantly into familiar roles with Mark on vocals, synths and guitar, Martin on keyboards, bass …