WESTWOOD College has surpassed itself yet again this year with its A Level results after reporting a record-breaking 99 per cent pass rate in exams.
With 57 per cent of all examination entries returning a grade of A*, A or B, Westwood students performed well in excess of the national average, and at levels that allow them access to all the top universities.
Particularly pleasing was performances in History, Physics and RE, where 100 per cent of the students achieved either grade A*, A or B.
In Chemistry this figure was 85 per cent, Biology 78 per cent, Maths 82 per cent and Further Maths 83 per cent.
In Maths over a third of the students also gained the highest possible grade of A*.
Richard Hey, headteacher at the college, said: "We take pride in being an inclusive college and at all levels of ability our students can celebrate results they can be very proud of.
"We are absolutely delighted to see so many students do so well. Many congratulations to them all.
"As one of Staffordshire’s top performing Sixth Forms we are well used to our students doing well, but this year their efforts have produced something a little bit special.
"Across the board students have applied themselves with determination and perseverance and with the commitment and inspiration of their teachers and support and patience of their families they have been rewarded with the strongest set of level three examination results the college has yet seen."
The following A Level students all achieved at least three A grades (or equivalent):- Adam Arshad (A*A*A*A), Tom Bestwick (A*AB), Jack Birch (AAAB), Eleanor Bouchier (AAAB), Emma Claydon (A*AAB), James Davies (A*AB), Mary Evenden (AAAA), Michael Foster (A*AA), Beth Haigh (A*AB), Helena Hargreaves (A*A*A), David Sheldon (A*AB) and Michael Simpson (A*AAA).
The results for Level 3 Vocational courses were also outstanding with a pass rate of 100 per cent and in Health and Social Care 83 per cent of the students gained a double distinction or better.
This includes Megan Barlow, Gemma Beardmore, Ashleigh Bowyer, Beth Grundy, Oliver Gwilt, Kirstie Hayes, Marnie Hunt, Holly-May Machin, Charlotte Owen and Chloe Roberts. In OCR Sport James Buxton, Tom Taylor and James Upton. Mr Hey added: "Performance at this level enables students to progress to an almost limitless range of opportunities.
"Students realise that it is a competitive world out there and they are not only competing against their peers now.
"It is increasingly becoming a requirement of universities for students to attain A and B grades, and it is not just hard work by the students, but also staff and parents that have led to these outstanding results this year.
"Many students are now in a position where they can think about upgrading their first choice of university because they have done even better than they thought in their results.
"These results are down to hard work as much as ability and we are working hard as a college to create a culture and environment where students can do their best and achieve the results they are capable of."
The list of Higher Education destinations for students this year is every bit as impressive as their results and includes Birmingham (Medicine), Bath (Civil Engineering), Leeds (Theatre and Performance), Sheffield (Mechanical Engineering), Loughborough (Sport and Exercise Science), York (English), Liverpool (Law), Salford (Nursing), Leicester (History), Nottingham (Archaeology), York (History and Politics), Manchester (Neuroscience), Nottingham (Mental Health Nursing), Nottingham (American Studies) Leeds Trinity (Sports Journalism).
Eleri Davies, aged 18, of Leek, has got an A in history an A in English and a B in archaeology.
She said: "I'm going to Nottingham University to study archaeology. I did better than I expected and I will be having a barbecue to celebrate."
Mary Evendon, aged 18, of Onecote, has got an A in history, an A in psychology, an A in English literature and an A in English language.
She said: "I'm going to UCL in London to study law. I did better than I expected, I didn't think I'd get the grades I needed."Josh Dow, aged 18, from Leek, got an A in chemistry, a B in Biology and a B in psychology.
He said: "I'm going to Manchester University to study bio-medical science and hopefully work in the study of health and diseases.
"I'm really happy to have got into university and to get the grades I needed."
Robert Middleton, aged 18, from Leek, has got an A in biology, an A in history and an A in chemistry.
He said: 'I'm going to the University of York to study biology with a view to doing something in scientific research.
"I'm shocked and pleased with my results, I got what I was hoping for and what I needed to get in university, but I didn't think I'd get it."
Emma Claydon, aged 18, from Leek, has got an A* in English literature, an A in English Language, an A in French and a B in Music.
She said: "I'm going to the University of York to study English Literature; I'd like to be a film writer. I'm surprised about the A*."
Ben Richards, aged 19, of Leek, has got a C in music and a B in drama.
He said: "I'm going to study music at Cardiff University; I play the piano, violin and sing.
"I'm pleased; it was enough to get into university, it was lower than what they asked for, so I'm surprised that I got a place, but I'm really pleased."
Helena Hargreaves, aged 18, from Leek, got an A* in psychology, an A* in sociology, and an A in English.
She said: "I applied for Liverpool University to study law and needed an A and two Bs, so now I'm in a predicament because I could choose to go to a better university if I want to, but I love Liverpool, so I don't really know what to do.
"I never thought I'd be in this position, I didn't think I'd get in to any, I'm really shocked, surprised and overwhelmed."