There was a mix of tears and laughter at Oaklands Catholic School, in Waterlooville, as students received their A-level results.
The number of A* grades rose from 3.8 per cent to 6.8 per cent at the Stakes Hill Road sixth form college.
Beth Udy, 18, from Havant, said: “I wasn’t expecting to do well but I got an A*,A and A! I’m going out tonight to celebrate!”
Another student who was overjoyed was Danielle Clarke, 18, from Portsmouth, who achieved an A in sociology and Bs in RE and psychology. She has been accepted to study criminology and psychology at the University of Southampton.
James Tizzard, 18, also from Portsmouth, achieved three A*s in chemistry, biology and maths, and is off to study medicine at the University of Oxford.
He said he was ‘overwhelmed’ after receiving his results.
Headteacher Matthew Quinn described the results achieved by his students as ‘stunning.’
‘I’m so pleased with this year’s results,’ said Mr Quinn.
‘It’s the first time students haven’t had resits to rely on because if they didn’t do well the first time they don’t have the opportunity to do it again.
‘Taking this into account, I think our students have done exceptionally well and I’m delighted.’