SIXTH formers across Chester are celebrating spectacular A-level results and outstanding pass rates.
Provisional figures show students have matched last year’s achievements by scoring an average pass rate of 98 per cent in line with the national average.
The number of students achieving A* grades is up from last year and education chiefs have heaped praise on students, teachers and parents.
Cheshire West and Chester Council’s strategic director for children and young people’s services, Gerald Meehan, said: “This is a wonderful performance and I am delighted that our students and schools continue to achieve such high standards – a clear testimony to their hard work and dedication.
“We send our congratulations to all students and our sincere thanks to teachers, support staff, governors, parents and carers who do so much to enable them to achieve.
“We are very proud of our young people and we wish them every success for the future.
“We will, of course, continue to give support to schools and students wherever needed.”
Many students are now looking forward to moving on to university to continue their studies, although nationally applications for fell by just under seven percent.
UCAS says more than 10,000 students have already applied directly into clearing and anyone requiring advice can call the UCAS hotline on 0871 4680468.
UCAS chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: “Despite the fall in applications this year, entry to higher education remains competitive and we expect to see an active clearing period.
“It is important that all students research course requirements thoroughly and think carefully before making a decision that is likely to affect their future career.”