Students in Hartlepool are celebrating some of their best A-level results yet as they go on to the best universities in the country.
Among the top performers this year was English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College pupil Poppy Stuart, whose A* and three A grades secured her place at Oxford University.
The 18-year-old from Hesleden was over the moon with her results after a sleepless night spent worrying about her future.
She achieved A’s in maths, English and French and an A* in general studies.
“I am so shocked and elated,” she said.
“I was really worried and couldn’t sleep last night! My parents were with me when I opened the results and we were all crying.
“I had to go through a five day interview to get into Oxford and hope to become a fiction writer or a journalist.
“I am so happy to have these results, as it has been a really tough year and I worked really hard to get them.”
This year 55% of English Martyrs students achieved grades at A*, A or B and 82% of students achieved grades A* to C, surpassing last year’s impressive results.
Director of the sixth form Colette Hogarth said: “I am so pleased with the results these fantastic students have achieved.
“They reflect the hard work, effort and commitment put in by students and staff. An overall pass rate of 100% is excellent.”
Hartlepool Sixth Form College had a similar success story, with students and staff celebrating their best ever results. The overall A Level pass rate was 98.5% and the vocational pass rate was 97%.
Principal Mo Bunter said: “I am so proud of our students and the amazing teaching team at the college who have worked so hard together to achieve outstanding results.”
A high achieving student was Matthew Day, 18, from the Headland who achieved two A* grades in maths and further maths and A in computing. He will study maths at Durham University.
He said: “I was not expecting these results at all but I did put loads of work in.”
While Victoria Murray, 18, from West Park achieved A’s in English Language and French and an A* and RE. She will study French and Chinese in Edinburgh. She said: “I was a bit anxious about the results but I am so happy now.”