Accrington students woke up this morning to find out if the months of hard work, revision and exams had paid off as they made their way to schools in the borough to pick up those all important brown envelopes.

St Christopher's celebrating

St Christopher’s CE pupils are celebrating some excellent grades following today’s publication of A Level results.

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One brave student overcame cancer to get her A Levels

Kimberley Smith from Oswaldtwistle, was diagnosed with stage 2 lymphoma in February this year after finding a lump in her neck.

After a series of test, the shattering news was broken to the 18-year-old and news that it had spread to her chest.

Read the whole amazing story here.

Kimberley Smith, 18, from Oswaldtwistle, celebrates her A Level results after overcoming her battle with cancer.
Kimberley Smith, 18, from Oswaldtwistle, celebrates her A Level results after overcoming her battle with cancer.

St Christopher's achieve a 'perfect pass'

St Christopher’s CE has achieved a perfect pass rate in this year’s A Level results, released today.

Headteacher Richard Jones said: “I am delighted with this year’s record set of A Level results – a 100 per cent pass rate, top grades of over 80 per cent and more students accessing top Russell Group universities than ever before.

“Our students deserve all the praise and acclaim that they will receive and I wish them well – they are a wonderful group of young people.”

Read the full story and find out all the results here.

St Christopher's High School Accrington pupils celebrating their A Level results. Megan Taylor, Lucy Taylor and Haley Addison.
St Christopher's High School Accrington pupils celebrating their A Level results. Megan Taylor, Lucy Taylor and Haley Addison.

Accrington Academy has increased their top grades

Sixth Formers at Accrington Academy have received some excellent A Level results.

This year has seen a rise in the number of top grades gained by the academy’s Year 13 students, with 19 per cent of all A Level pupils being awarded A*s or As.

Read the full story here.

Accrington Academy pupils celebrating their A Level results. Marco Maggio, 18, from Oswaldtwistle.
Accrington Academy pupils celebrating their A Level results. Marco Maggio, 18, from Oswaldtwistle.

Disadvantaged students chances on the up, but most advantaged still ahead in acceptances

According to UCAS, UK 18-year-olds from the least advantaged backgrounds are seven per cent more likely to be placed in higher education than in 2015, although the most advantaged young people are still two and a half times more likely to be accepted to higher education.

More results to come

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University acceptances up three per cent

424,000 students have been accepted to UK universities and colleges so far this year– up 3% on A level results day in 2015, UCAS figures show today.

This is the highest number recorded on A level results day.

More than 27,400 more young women than men from the UK have already been placed at university, but this gap is slightly narrower than in 2015 with 3% more men placed in 2016 and 2% more women.

Mary Curnock Cook, UCAS Chief Executive, said: “This is a big day for hundreds of thousands of young people who have chosen to kick start their adult life with higher education – well done to all of them.

“I’m particularly pleased to see the first small signs of improvement for young men, although they are still too far behind.”

Medicine degree for smart cookie Eleanor

Eleanor Gadd, 18, from Higham, got A*s in geography and biology and an A in chemistry.

She said: “I was hoping to get 3 As get to on my uni course but I was not expecting that. I was very surprised and really proud.”

“I put in a lot of work and the exams were okay. I couldn’t really tell how they had gone.”

Eleanor is now going to study medicine at Birmingham University. She said: “I’m going to miss all the people here but we will stay in touch”

A* and As for proud Claire

Claire Smith, 18, from Accrington got an A* in history and As in art and classics.

She said: “I’m really happy with my history result. I was expecting Bs to be honest.

“I can’t even remember the exams and how they went. I’ve not even thought about the exams since.

“I was so proud. I cried so much this morning. My mum was more worried than me.”

Claire is now planning to study history at St Andrews University.

She added: “I’m going to miss St Christopher’s but I’m ready to move on.”

Results better than she expected says Bryony

Bryony Fisher, 18, from Whalley, got As in geography, psychology and religious studies.

She said: “I thought the exams went really badly. I knew before I arrived today I had got into uni but I wanted to know what I got.”

Bryony said she had applied to Nottingham Trent University to study psychology but is now considering applying to Russell Group universities

Lucy is surprised and thrilled to get an A*

Lucy Taylor, 18, from Accrington, got an A* in sociology and As in religious studies and performing arts.

She said: “I worked really hard for them but I was not expecting anything like that. I thought I would get Bs but never an A*.

“It’s been very nerve-racking. When I got a call to come in early this morning I didn’t know if I had done really well or bad.”

Lucy is now going to study social work at Manchester Metropolitan University. She said: “I just need to prepare for uni now.”

William says week has been a "nerve-racking build up"

William Beavan, 18, from Oswaldtwistle, has got an A in maths, B in chemistry and C in physics.

He said: “Those are the results I predicted but I was only one mark off an A in chemistry.

“I found the exams tough and a step up from last year. This week has been a nerve-racking build up.”

William is now going to study chemical engineering at Lancaster University.

These lads have all received their results

Proud dad as daughter Rebecca prepares to head to Leeds

Rebecca Morgan has managed to achieve two As and an A*

She is continuing her studies at Leeds University where she has been offered a masters course in geology.

Her proud dad David said: “She started at St Christopher’s aged 11 and has thoroughly enjoyed her time there.
“We as a family can’t praise the school enough for everything they have done. Superb teaching.”

Rebecca Morgan
Rebecca Morgan

Lots of smiling faces at St Christopher's this results day

The wait is over for these relieved students

Exam nightmares finally over for Megan

Megan Taylor, 19, from Accrington, got As in biology, psychology and geography.

Megan said: “I’ve had nightmares for weeks. I as really pleasantly surprised when I saw my results.

“Some of the exams I came out of a bit upset as I didn’t think they went the way I wanted them to go.”

Megan is now going to study psychology at York University and wants to do a masters and a doctorate.

This 18-year-old is off to study law because 'she loves arguing'

Hayley Addison, 18, from Burnley, who got A*s in English language and history and an A in psychology.

Haley said: “I wasn’t expecting anything like that. I put a lot of hard work in over the two years. I thought the exams were really hard.”

She is now going to Newcastle University to study law because ‘she loves arguing’

Maths degree beckons for Joe

Joe Cockroft, 18, from Burnley who got an A* in Maths and As in further maths and computing

He is now going on to Bath University to study Maths. Joe said: “I’m really happy and proud. It’s a relief. I did better than I thought.”

St Christopher's proud of their 2016 results

The Accrington school has claimed “record breaking” results this year with a 100 per cent pass rate, top grades of over 80 per cent and more students accessing top Russell Group universities than ever before.

These happy students have achieved all As and A*s

Good morning - we're liveblogging A-level results day from across the borough

Reporter Jon Macpherson is finding out whether students’ months of hard work, revision and exams have paid off.

St Christopher’s have already claimed “record breaking” results this year.

Headteacher Richard Jones said: “I am delighted with this year’s record set of A Level results – a 100 per cent pass rate, top grades of over 80 per cent and more students accessing top Russell Group universities than ever before.

“These are a very strong set of results and add to St Christopher’s reputation as a centre of excellence for A Level study.

“Our students deserve all the praise and acclaim that they will receive and I wish them well – they are a wonderful group of young people.

“I would also like to highlight the support of their parents and the dedication and expertise of our talented teachers who have guided and nurtured so many students through their time in the sixth form.

“We are passionate about raising levels of aspiration and encouraging pupils to aim high and these results confirm that we are doing our job really well.”