STUDENTS at John Masefield High School, Ledbury, achieved another year of excellent results, with two-fifths of all grades at A* and A, and 61 per cent A* to B. 82 per cent of students, the school's highest-ever proportion, achieved A*-C grades.
Mark Hawksworth, head of sixth form, said: “On the back of these results the vast majority of students will go on to their first choice universities and can be extremely proud of how well they have achieved.
"This is another year of superb results on the back of the dedication and hard work from staff and students, which is helped by the individual attention we can give students with our small class sizes.
"On average, students achieved an impressive half a grade up in each of their subjects. It is extremely satisfying to see so many students going on to great futures.”
Amongst extremely excited students were Lauren Hill who will go on to read music at Oxford, Emily Warmington who will read medicine at Birmingham University, and P J Recordon who will now study materials science and engineering at the University of Sheffield.
At Newent Community School, students hit a 98 per cent pass rate at A-level as well as in a range of other courses.
Head Mr Alan Johnson said: "It is particularly encouraging that we have seen an increase of five per cent points in our A*-C Pass rate. We are very pleased with all our students performing well against targets based on their prior attainment.
"It has been a great year and needless to say we are very proud of our all of our students, and we wish them every success as they embark on the next chapter of their lives."
Nationally, the proportion of A-levels scoring the highest grades has risen for the first time in six years. National figures show that more than one in four (26.3 per cent) of A-level entries scored an A* or A this summer, up 0.5 per cent on 2016.