Hyndburn students have been celebrating outstanding A-level results with overall improvements on last year.
Accrington Academy was marking the publication of its inaugural set of A-Level results.
And it was worth the wait, with the Academy achieving a 98 per cent pass rate and 89 per cent of students scoring at least one A* to C grade.
Principal Andrew O’Brien said: "We are very pleased with the Academy’s first set of A-Level results.
"Since our Sixth Form opened in September 2009, both students and staff have worked extremely hard, showing a great deal drive and enthusiasm.
"It is fantastic to see that their dedication has paid off with these results providing them with entry to the universities of their choice and helping to set them apart in the world of work.
"We shall continue to build on this strong foundation and the identity and ethos that the Sixth Form has now established.
"Our AS-Level results indicate that we are on track for these high standards to continue for our next academic year and we are very excited about the future."
Education experts were predicting as many as one in 10 students nationwide could gain A* grades this year, as competition for university places grows ever stiffer.
That trend was reflected at Burnley College where the number of students attaining A* grades at A-Level tripled since last year.
The Sixth Form had seven students from the borough opening their A-Level results on Thursday morning, with a further 33 from Hyndburn collecting AS-Level grades.
Overall 75 students achieved top grades, and the college achieved a 99.5 per cent A-Level pass rate, for its "best ever results".
Principal Hugh Bramwell, said: "I am extremely proud of all of our Sixth Form students’ outstanding results which build on our consistently high pass rates for a significant number of years.
"These excellent results, the highest they have ever been, are a credit to our dedicated students and also a tribute to our highly qualified teaching and support staff.
"We wish all of our students every success in their future university studies and employment plans."
All smiles for grade achievers
THERE were plenty of smiles on Thursday morning as a long summer of waiting for A-Level results came to an end.
Among outstanding achievers were former St Christopher’s school pupils Gemma Holt and Leah Smits from Burnley College.
Gemma received A*s in sociology and law, A in psychology and B in English literature. Leah got identical grades apart from an A in English literature.
They will both now study psychology at the University of Durham.
Scientist Alex Dunn was the top student at Accrington Academy achieving an A* in Maths and three As in biology, chemistry and physics.
The 18-year-old from Accrington said the results surpassed his expectations and he now plans to study physics at York University.
He said: "It was more than I was expecting. I was hoping to get four As, so to get an A* in maths was really great.
"I didn’t find out until I got in as I couldn’t get onto the UCAS website to check my results as it was too busy. I’m really happy."
Celine Clitheroe, 18, from Accrington, achieved a BTEC Level 3 in sport and is planning to go to Burnley UCLAN to study sports massage.
She said: "I’m really happy with the grades and it was what I was expecting to get. It’s been hard work but it’s a big relief to find out."
Her friend Tara Caton, 19, also from Accrington, achieved a B in biology, a B in law and a C in chemistry and will go to Keele University to study environment and sustainability.
She said: "I’m glad it’s all over. It’s been too long a wait over the summer. I wasn’t too nervous after my exams as I thought I had done well.
"I couldn’t have done it without my teachers."
James Haworth, 18, from Accrington, attained an A in maths, a B grade in ICT and Cs in physics and chemistry.
He said: "I’m really happy with my A in maths as I put a lot of work in before the exams and it looks like it’s paid off.
"I’m looking to go to Preston to study maths and it’s something I definitely want to do.
"I have been here for seven years so I’m looking forward to going to university."
Garri Allen, 18, from Accrington, achieved three Cs in sociology, English language and ethics and plans to go to Sheffield Hallam University to study sociology.
He said: "I was doing a sport BTEC at the start for six weeks and then I changed and did A-Levels.
"I’m really happy with the grades that I’ve got and I rang my family to tell them and they sounded really happy."
Kyle Dickinson, 18, from Accrington, achieved a BTEC Level 3 in Media and will study games programming at Derby University.
He said: "The grades are better than expected. I was expecting to get two merits but I am glad that I got the distinction.
"I didn’t know exactly what grades I had got but I had an idea as I had been accepted by the university.
"My parents are absolutely chuffed and I’m looking forward to doing the course."
Beth Pilling, of Grandville Street, Accrington, was one of the first to reveal her results – and picked up three Bs and a C to get into university.
Blackburn College student Beth studied four A-Levels at the Sixth Form – law, psychology, sociology and English language – and is going to Salford University to study an undergraduate degree in law.
The former Hollins High School pupil said: "I’m so pleased with my results. They are a culmination of all my hard work over the past two years.
"Going to Blackburn was an obvious choice when I left school.
"I looked at other Sixth Form colleges in the area and nowhere else offered such a breadth of subjects.
"I really enjoyed studying law at A-Level and I knew I wanted to study it at a higher level. I am very conscious of the need to choose a stable career path in this economic climate and law seemed the obvious choice for me."
Beth hopes to become a solicitor after she finishes her degree.
Saba Hussain, 18, from Accrington, achieved two Cs in English language and literature and an E in art and design at Accrington Academy.
She is currently training as a customer services advisor at property company Netmovers but hopes to apply for a dental apprenticeship in the future.
She said: "I think I did good and the grades were what I was expecting. I haven’t told my parents yet but I think they will be happy.
"I think they might shock my dad a little bit because I think he thought I might get less than I did."
Academy student Sunny Mahal, 18, achieved an A in IT, a B in maths and a C in physics and will choose whether to study maths at Keele University or motorsport technology at Birmingham City University.
Number of A-Level passes: G Allen 3, N Bristow 3, T Caton 3, A Dunn 4, I Ebrahim 3, J Finglas 1, D Greenwood 3, J Haworth 4, J Howarth 3, S Hussain 3, S Khan 2, S Mahal 3, C Masterman 3, N Mehmood 3, S Woolfenden 3, S Adris 3, S Astbury 3, S Bahnu 3, A Bi 3, M Clarke 3, C Clitheroe 3, K Dickinson 3, R I’anson Hughes 3, S Lowe 3, A Ormerod 3, J Osbaldeston 3, N Singleton 3, S Smith 3, B Taylor 3, L Westwell 3, D Young 3, H Younis 3
Number of A-Level passes: Ejaz Alam 2, Sarah Jaap 2, Alex Meadows 3, Graham Slinger 3, Samantha Smith 3, Jacob Taylor 2, Rozanne Van Tonder 3.
Number of AS-Level passes: Anika Ahmed 4, Elizabeth Barron 4, Paul Batt 3, Kyle Broadhurst 3, Luke Broadhurst 3, Ellis Connelly 3, Joseph Donohoe 4, Rachel Douglas 4, Liam Eddleston 3, Laura Edwards 3, Lauren Finglas 3, Chantelle Fort 4, Aimee Fox 3, Stephen Hale 4, Alice Hall 3, Bethany Hall 3, Martyn Hesketh 4, Chloe Hill 4, Thomas Horsfall 3, Caragh Irving 3, Komel Naveed 3, Alexandra Preugschat 3, Jamie Riley 4, Gabrielle Russell 4, Freddie Shaw 4, Adam Smith 4, Rebecca Smith 4, Gemma Steer 1, Ryan Stephens 2, Sam Tattersall 4, Jessica Thompson 4, Rohan Varnom 2, Khawar Younis 4.