ED6 student Amy Stuart bagged a place at Bedfordshire University to study criminology and sociology despite caring for her mum.
The 19-year-old gained Cs in psychology and English language and a D in business studies, but has a 60-70 per cent attendance rate as she helped look after her mum, Jacqueline Waddington, 45, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder a few months ago.
Amy, from Easington, said: “I’m really pleased, all my family are over the moon.”
Brainy Kyle Stanforth, 19, of Thornley is off to Newcastle University to study cells and molecular biology after gaining an A in biology and Cs in PE and psychology.
Kieran Turnbull, 19, of Horden, bagged an A in sociology, a B in business and a C in psychology and will do a four-year degree in business management at Newcastle.
College principal Suzanne Duncan said: “As a brand new sixth form, it is always a bit nervous waiting for your first set of A-Level results.
“However, following all the exceptional work put in last year, we were quietly confident the students would do well and reach their potential.”
At Byron Sixth Form College, also in Peterlee, top performers included Johnathon Archer, 18, who gained A*s in psychology and history and an A in maths.
He is off to Nottingham University to study economics.
Lucy Gray’s A*s in law and English literature and A in history secured her a place at Durham University to do history.
Anna Ebblewhite bagged As in biology and chemistry and a B in maths to study medicine at Newcastle University and Scott Musgrove’s A*s in sociology and philosophy and ethics and B in psychology mean he is off to Durham to study sociology.
Head of sixth form Bernadette Morton said: “Once again these excellent results are a credit to the hard work of students and staff.”