STUDENTS across the county celebrated their A-Level results with schools in Malvern among the best performing in the county.

Among the schools in the district to achieve great success was Dyson Perrins CofE Academy.

The school’s results saw a 100 per cent pass rate and average grade C at A Level, with an average grade of Merit in Applied General qualifications.

Particular success stories include Lucy Amos, Tom Bill and Isobel Brooks who move on to study Law at Keele University, Business and Economics at Cardiff University, and Early Childhood studies at Bath Spa University respectively.

Headteacher Mike Gunston said: “We are all extremely proud of the results our students have achieved.

“They are the product of a strong work ethic and commitment.

“We are an inclusive Sixth Form centre and pride ourselves on the support and guidance we provide all our students.

“I am delighted to see the wide range of exciting destinations on to which our students will now move and wish everyone the very best for their next steps. I would also like to thank our staff for their dedication.”

Hanley Castle High School students have once again celebrated their high achievement with the overall pass rate rising by five per cent at 98 per cent overall. The percentage of students gaining grades A*-C is also up on last year at 73 per cent.

There were a number of star performers, with Sophie Sparrey, Jamie Emerick, Maddy Lloyd and Amelia Toghill leading the way.

Sophie Sparrey was the stand-out performer with A* grades across all her subjects which included biology, chemistry, economics and the extended project.

Sophie will now take up her place at Southampton University to study medicine.

Jamie Emerick gained an A* grade in chemistry and A grades in economics and history.

He is off to Oxford, where he will be reading law.

Joining him at Oxford is Georgia Cooper, head girl of Hanley Castle High School, whose top grades secured her a place at St Ann’s College to study French and Portuguese.

Madeleine Lloyd was another star performer, with an A* in mathematics and A grades in further maths and French.

Amelia Toghill was delighted with her A* grade in mathematics and A grades in physics and chemistry and is heading off to Exeter University where she will be studying physics.

Head boy, Louis Crawford, gained a Distinction* in computer architecture and systems, as well as a B grade in business studies and a C in economics.

Headteacher, Lindsey Cooke said: “What a wonderful year group this was.

"Throughout their time at Hanley Castle these students have worked exceptionally hard to maximise their potential, not just in their academic work, but also in sport, drama and music. They are the kind of students who give young people a good name.

“We are proud of them all as they leave us to take up their places in the wider world.”

At Malvern St. James Girls School, 14 per cent of students have achieved a clean sweep of A* and A grades.

Lara Maylor-Wrout, a day girl from Worcestershire, has achieved a clean sweep of A*s in Biology, Chemistry and English Literature and an A* in her EPQ about Down’s Syndrome and genetic screening.

Headmistress, Mrs Olivera Raraty, said: "I am really delighted by these results and some exceptional personal triumphs by girls who have achieved so much through the course of Sixth Form.

"It’s been a good year for the Extended Project Qualifications, too, with many achieving A* and A, and I believe that these are becoming good markers of ability for universities who like this independent study qualification.

"It’s not all about results, of course – I am just as pleased to see that MSJ girls are likeable, well-rounded individuals. They have all sorts of different talents, interests and dreams for their future."

The Chase School has broken records this year with a 30 per cent of all entries were awarded either an A* or A grade with 80 per cent of entries achieving an A*-C grade.

It is worth highlighting the Maths A Level performance in which half of the 35 entries achieved either an A* or A grade.

Mike Fieldhouse, headteacher at The Chase, said: "The Chase is thrilled with the performance of this cohort of students, who have again surpassed all expectations and who should be very proud of their achievements.

"After such a great performance from our students last year in achieving the highest value added score in the county, we felt this would be a hard act to follow.

"Unbelievably our students have blown last year’s performance out of the water with this set of results."

Across the country, 25.5 per cent of UK entries were awarded an A or A* grade this summer, the lowest proportion since 2007 when it was 25.3 per cent.

Girls are back in front in terms of top grades, with 25.5 per cent of entries handed at least an A, compared with 25.4 per cent of boys.

But on A* grades alone, boys performed better, with 8.2 per cent of entries getting the highest result, compared with 7.5 per cent of girls.