SIXTH form students at South Bromsgrove High School achieved a pass rate of more than 97% in their A-level results.

Of the 166 pupils, 44% of all A-level passes stood at A*-B, which was a four per cent increase on 2018.

Additionally, 51% of BTEC entries were at Distinction Star or Distinction.

Three students achieved three A* grades, 11 students gained three A* or A grades and 22 students achieved at least two A grades out of three subjects.

At BTEC, five students achieved the triple award D*DD and three the double award D*D.

In addition, 68 students in Year 13 completed their two year Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Expedition and are set to claim the Award in September.

Headteacher Chris Smith said: “I would like to congratulate students on their outstanding achievements this year and thank parents for their support during the Sixth Form years.

"We believe that all of our students will secure their destinations beyond school and we wish them well as they embark on this new and exciting stage of their lives.

"Students’ success is always achieved through hard work and determination in their studies but I would also like to thank governors, teaching and support staff for their continuing excellent leadership and support of students at South Bromsgrove High.”

North Bromsgrove High School, meanwhile, reported a set of 'stable' and 'pleasing' results.

The school this year came out of special measures in record time, having previously suffered a damning Ofsted report in 2018.

Students who applied to higher education establishments have gained their places at UK universities, studying a wide range of subjects, from social policy at York to biomedical science at Lincoln.

Head of Sixth Form Sarah Figg said: “We are delighted for all our students, who have worked with commitment and dedication throughout their time with us at North Bromsgrove High School. "We wish all of our year 13 students the very best for their futures.

"Given the uncertainty concerning A Level reforms, we are pleased to report stable results, which build on our successes of recent years.”

Headteacher Nick Gibson added: “Our Sixth Form students have achieved a pleasing set of results which is testament to their diligent study and the hard work of our committed staff.

"The results will enable many of them to go on to further their studies at their university of choice and I offer them every good wish for the future.”

At Hagley Catholic High School, 25% of entries achieved grades A*-A, 47% achieved A*-B and 65% achieved A*-C.

Laura Elcock achieved 4 A*’s and has accepted a place at Cambridge to study veterinary science while Cameron MacLeod, who also achieved 4A*’s, is heading to Oxford to read medicine.

Joshua McEvilly, who gained 4 A*’s and a grade A in Further Maths, will take up a place at Cambridge where he will read chemical engineering.

Euan Coxon, having gained an A* and 3 A’s, has accepted a place at the University of Newcastle where he will study medicine.

Principal Suzanne Horan, said, “I am absolutely delighted for all of our students. These results reflect their hard work and dedication throughout the last two years.

"I am sure that they would agree, however, that they could not have achieved such success without the unrelenting support and encouragement from their families and the school.

"It has been a pleasure to see students and staff working together to produce such tremendous achievement."

Waseley Hills High School in Rubery reported a 96.5 pass rate.

Headteacher Alan Roll said: “We are very pleased that at a time of many changes in A level examinations there are some excellent results for Waseley students and a continued trend of improvement for our Sixth Form with 96.5% of our students being successful with their results.

"I am sure that students and parents would want to join me in thanking their teachers for playing an important part in this success.”

Elsewhere, Emma Smalley - a Bromsgrove girl who studied at The King's School, Worcester - received offers from four universities to study medicine after her fantastic results.

Emma achieved two A*’s in Biology and Geography, an A in Chemistry and A* in her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification).

She has chosen to study medicine at Birmingham University.