DELIGHTED students celebrated another excellent year when their A-level results landed today.
Months of hard work paid off as the nervous teens were rewarded with outstanding results this morning.
They descended upon schools and colleges across town from 7.30am to receive their final grades and share their joy with their friends.
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Hartlepool Sixth Form College was celebrating a 99.6 per cent pass rate with bosses predicting it will make the college one of the most successful in the country.
Principal Rick Wells said: “The students can be proud of what they have achieved here and I wish them well on their next steps.”
Students were also cheering their success at Hartlepool College of Further Education which achieved an overall pass rate of 97 per cent.
Head of sixth form Martin Old said: “We are once again very happy to have delivered such successful outcomes for our A-level learners and on behalf of the staff I would like to congratulate our students on all their hard work.”
An outline of results from A-level students at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College and Byron College, in Peterlee, had not been released when the Mail went to press.
Hartlepool College of Further Education student Callum Harker, 20, from the Fens, is going to study aerospace engineering at Coventry University after gaining an A* in English literature a C in history and A C in AS-level maths.
He said: It’s pretty good. I had already got my place at university so it was just a matter of pride.”
Fellow student Dave McQuilling, 22, of Stockton Road, Hartlepool, is off to study journalism at Sunderland University after achieving three Bs in A-level media studies, English language and English literature.
He said: “I’m really pleased, it could have been a lot worse, I can’t complain.”
Sixth form college student James Carruthers, 18, from the Dyke House area of Hartlepool, is going to study natural sciences at either Nottingham or Lancaster university after gaining an A* in maths, A in chemistry and Bs in physics and further maths.
He said: “It’s been a pretty tough two years but I’m absolutely delighted its over.”
Fellow student Beth Moore, 18, from Eden Park Estate, Hartlepool, is going to study English literature at either Lancaster or Northumbria university, after securing an A in English literature and Bs in history and religious education.
Beth said: “The last few months in particular have been difficult, but it’s all been worth it in the end.”
Nationally experts have predicted that the pass rate will stall this year, amid fresh attempts by the exams regulator to tackle grade inflation.
It has been suggested that around eight per cent of exams will achieve an A* and just over one in four exams will score at least an A – the same as in 2011.
Nationally in 2011, 52.6 per cent of A-level exams achieved at least a B and 76.2 per cent got at least a C grade.
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