Students at Havant College celebrated brilliant results as they opened their brown envelopes this morning.
Scores of young people who had spent an anxious summer waiting for their results, after two years of hard work, were waiting for the doors to open at 8.30am.
The school achieved a 49 per cent A* to B pass rate and 99 per cent overall pass rate.
Zahrah Goolam-Mahomed, 18, achieved As in chemistry, maths and biology and is off to study medicine at Birmingham.
She said: ‘I feel totally overwhelmed. To be honest I’m really surprised. I’d convinced myself I was not going to get the grades.’
John McDougall, college principal and chief executive, said: ‘I am absolutely delighted with these outstanding results.
‘Pass rates are high again at 99 per cent but what is as important, in the current climate of high competition in the markets for jobs and university places, is the number of students who achieved A* to B grades at 49 per cent.
‘These are even better than last year and the grades which are the key to our students fulfilling their ambitions. We expect over 80 per cent of our students to progress on to university with 20 per cent going on to the better Russell Group universities.
‘Congratulations to all our A Level students for their hard work and to our staff for their commitment and excellent levels of individual support.’
Picture: Havant college student Zahrah Goolam-Mahomed