Hartlepool A-level students were overjoyed after achieving the grades they needed to go on to secure places at top universities across the country.
Hartlepool Sixth Form College students celebrated their best ever overall results this year as A-level pass rates had improved by 1% to 99%, with an overall pass rate for grades A* to C at 73.9%.
The AS pass rate also improved by 5% to 88% and vocational courses have maintained high pass rates of 97%.
The of principal Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Alex Fau-Goodwin, said: “After relentless focus on improving the quantity of the student learning experience at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, we are delighted to confirm our best ever results.
“The significant improvement in result reflects the hard work and commitment of both staff and students and places the college in the top 20% of all sixth form colleges nationally.
“We intend to focus upon academic excellence and look forward to improving our results further in 2016. We would like to congratulate all our students on their fantastic results and wish them every success for the future.”
These fantastic results reflect the hard work put in by students and staff.Colette Hogarth
Students at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College were also celebrating outstanding A-level results. Over 52% of grades were at A*, A or B and 79% of grades were at A*-C. They recorded an overall pass rate of 99.3%, with 79% securing grades A* to C.
Director of sixth form at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College Colette Hogarth said: “These fantastic results reflect the hard work put in by students and staff. 42% of students got at least an A* or A grade and, with an overall pass rate of 99.3%, our students can be very proud”.
Cleveland College of Art & Design, which has campuses in Hartlepool and Middlesbrough, maintained its record of a 100% BTEC pass rate for more than 10 successive years this year, and 63% of its BTEC Extended Diploma students gained a triple distinction(DDD) or above, which is the equivalent of three AS at A-Level.
Among the outstanding results for this year are the Extended Diplomas in Interior, Architecture and Product Design (3D) which saw 83% of its students achieve DDD or above, and Fine Art, which had 72% of its students get grades of DDDs or higher.
A-level results have also have had a successful year at the college, with 100% of A-Level students who applied for university successfully offered a place with their first choice.
For Hartlepool College of Further Education it was the final year of A Levels with just 15 students completing their course.
Principal Darren Hankey said they now focus on higher educational vocational courses.
“We are primarily focused in higher quality vocational qualification, vocational work, higher education and apprenticeships,” he said.
“We have had a small handful who have had to go through programmes and they have largely done well and have got the grades they wanted to progress to university.”