There were plenty of smiling faces as students across West Berkshire picked up their A-Level results yesterday.
Park House School in Newbury saw all of its pupils pick up at least one A-Level, with 60 per cent of passes at grade A*-C.
Former head girl Katherine Langley, Megan Day and Anna Magnusson each got an A* and two A grades, while Darius Tipple matched that and added a B.
Headteacher Derek Peaple said: “We are thrilled by this year’s superb A-Level results, reflecting the hard work and commitment of our wonderful sixth form students.
“This year’s results once again further extend a long-term trend in outstanding progress and achievement that has consistently positioned our sixth form in the very top flight of schools nationally.”
Kennet School in Thatcham also recorded a 100 per cent pass rate, with notable rises in the number of grades at A*-A, A*-B and A*-C.
Headteacher Paul Dick said: “The vast majority of pupils have won a place on a degree course and we are confident that pupils leaving this summer will have a very bright future in the wider world.
“I want to personally thank this talented group of young people for the tremendous contribution they have made over time to the success of Kennet and amongst them are certainly future leaders locally and beyond.”
Pangbourne College saw 27 per cent of entries graded at A*-A, its best result in that bracket for six years.
Ollie Newcombe gained three straight A*s and has the option to study politics and international relations at the University of Bristol, while his twin brother James got two As and a B and will study geography at Newcastle University.
Ollie said: “I could not be more pleased with my results.
“I have hugely enjoyed my A-Levels and the relationships I have been able to build here at the college with my teachers, and I will certainly take that experience from here looking forward now.”
The Downs School in Compton also posted some impressive results, where 81 per cent of students received A*-C grades.
A host of pupils picked up straight A* and A grades, including Ben Collins, Charley Liddicoat, Marcus Rabbetts and Isobel Thomas.
Headteacher Chris Prosser said: “These are outstanding results and there are so many wonderful success stories that lie beneath these statistics.
“My biggest pleasure is knowing that so many of these students will now be able to access their chosen destinations, whether that will be university, apprenticeships or career.”
And Newbury’s St Gabriel’s School saw an increase in pupils getting A*-B grades, with 65 per cent achieving the feat in 2017.
Among the stand-out performances are Anisha Mali and Holly Hathaway, who have secured places to read medicine at Imperial College and the University of East Anglia respectively.
Principal Ricki Smith said: “These results have been achieved by a cohort of dedicated young people who have exciting futures ahead of them.
“We wish them well in the future and look forward to hearing of their continued success.”