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- Students from Northwich's colleges and sixth forms picked up their results this morning, some arriving as early as 8.30am.
- Knutsford Academy was open just before 8am for pupils to open their envelopes.
- Many celebrating top grades with others anxiously waiting to hear if they have got into their first choice university.
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Here are today's national A-level results by numbers:
- Around 280,000 candidates in England, Wales and Northern Ireland took A-levels this year, including 260,369 18-year-olds.
- There were 838,798 entries for the exams.
- The overall A*-E pass rate was 98%, down 0.1 percentage point on last year. This is the first time it has fallen since 1982.
- 8.2% of exams were awarded an A*- up 0.6 percentage points on 2013.
- 26% of entries scored at least an A grade - down 0.3 percentage points on last year.
- Boys outperformed girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5% of boys' entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9% of the girls.
- The most popular subject this year was maths, taken by 88,816 students, followed by English with 85,336 entries.
- Critical thinking saw the largest fall, with entries down 46.6% this year, followed by general studies, which has dropped by 24.3%.
- Increasing number of students are choosing science, with the number electing to study biology, chemistry and physics rising by 2%. Maths entries have gone up by 0.9% and further maths by 1.5%.
- Computing saw the biggest rise in popularity, with an 11% increase in entries, the next was religious studies which saw a 3.7% rise.
- A record 396,990 undergraduates have had places confirmed at UK universities so far, up 3% on last year.
- 352,590 students have won a place on their first choice of course, up 2% on 2013.
- For the first time this year, the total number of people going to university could top half a million, according to the admissions service Ucas.
- Early figures show that 103,970 students are still awaiting results or decisions on university places, up 5% on last year.
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First full set of results are in. Well done to all those at Holmes Chapel Comp!
A levels Pass: Caroline Asken 3; Eddie Bambrough 3; Luke Boardman 3; James Brindle 2; Dean Burgess 3; Chloe Burt 3; Conor Carr-Brown 3; Saim Chowdhury 2; Rachel Copley 3; Joseph Corrigan 3; Emily Cox 3; Amy Croucher 3; Emmelia Davidson-Slack 3; Michael Dickinson 3; Hannah Dooley 2; Sophie Dutton 2; Nick Fotheringham 3; Sam Green 3; Sammy Green 3; Samuel Griffiths 3; Phillip Hall 2; Hannah Hancock 2; Jake Harrison 4; Matthew Hartas 3; Jessica Hartopp 3; Imogen Healing 3; Oliver Hewitt 3; Daniel Hewson 3; Emma Hewson 4; Adrian Hickey 3; Thomas Hill 3; Hollie Igoe 3; Itmam Islam 4; Rebecca Jackson 3; Rebecca Kenney 3; Ashleigh Kent 3; Samuel Kirk 3; Jack Lawrence 3; Seren Lewis 3; Oliver Loney 3; Iona MacRury 3; Joseph Macmillan 3; Tom Male 3; Declan Malone 3; James Martin 3; Conor McKeown 3; Bradley Mitchell 3; Luke Morris 4; Lucy Nichol 2; Finn O'Brien 3; Laura Passey 3; Ross Penlington 3; Richard Percival 3; Charlotte Pettitt 3; Harry Powell 3; Louise Robbins 3; Sam Rodger 3; Emma Rowland 3; Liam Rundell 3; Daniella Russo 3; James Sheldon 3; Sophie Spencer 3; Vicky Tams 3; Melissa Walsh 3; Edward Wardle 4; Peter Welch 4; Will Wilkes 3; Laura Woodcock 3 ; Louise Worthington 2; Chloe Wrigley 3; Flo Wyatt-Brun 3.
Cambridge-bound Peter Welch, HCCS's Head Boy, is 'over the moon' with his impressive results.
The Over Peover resident achieved four A*s in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.
"It was what my teachers expected me to get and I didn't want to let them down," he told the Guardian.
"When I saw the results, it was unbelievable. It was really what I had hoped for. I felt a mix of elation and relief."
Peter will be taking up his place at Cambridge to read Engineering.
Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School students celebrate 'outstanding' A-level results
Mr Oliver celebrating with Harry Powell, Ed Wardle, Matt Hartas, Flo Wyatt-Brun, James Sheldon, Caroline Asken, Peter Welch, Sam Rodger, Imogen Healing, Dean Burgess, Daniella Russo, Nick Fotheringham, Tom Male
Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School Headteacher Denis Oliver was clearly very pleased with the results.
“I have seen most of our students to congratulate them in person for their outstanding success however I would like to take this opportunity to let them and their teachers know how delighted I am for their achievements," he said.
"This particular group of students did extremely well in their GCSE examinations so we expected good A-level results this year.
"However they have significantly exceeded our expectations and have built themselves very strong foundations for whatever educational, training or career path they choose to follow."
A total of 13 students at the Selkirk Drive school achieved A or A* in all of their subjects.
Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School (HCCS) celebrated their best ever set of A-level grades this year.
The pass rate was 100percent, with every single Year 13 student achieving at least two A level passes and all but a handful achieving three A level passes.
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Rhona's fellow student and neighbour Peter Keeble, 18, is looking forward to university life after achieving three A*s in his A-levels.
Peter, who studied Maths, Further Maths, and Economics at A-level, will be heading to Newcastle University in September to complete a degree in Maths.
The 18-year-old said: "I am very happy and quite surprsied, to be honest. I wasn't expecting quite that high."
More A-levels were handed the very highest grade this summer, but the overall pass rate fell for the first time in more than 30 years, official figures show.
In total, just over one in four (26%) of exams were awarded an A* or A grade, down 0.3 percentage points on last summer.
But the proportion of A* grades handed out rose to 8.2%, up 0.6 percentage points on 2013.
And the overall A*-E pass rate fell by 0.1% to 98% - the first time it has fallen in 32 years.
Boys have outdone girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5% of boys' entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9% of the girls.
The latest results come amid major changes to the system, with January exams scrapped, leaving fewer opportunities for students to re-sit papers. All exams are now taken in the summer.
Schools have been warned that they could see changes to their results this year due to the overhaul.
Mereheath Park resident Rhona Kerr will be celebrating with friends in Manchester tonight after securing impressive A-level results.
The Academy student achieved two A*s in Maths and Graphic Design and an A in Physics. In September she will be enrolling at Sheffield University to study Civil and Structural Engineering.
"It was way above what I was expecting, I was so surprised," she told the Guardian.
Fellow student Frankie Gerrard, 18, from Knutsford, is London-bound after achieving two A*s, an A and a Distinction.
Frankie will be studing at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
"I always open results with my mum, it's a kind of tradition, so I sneaked off to open them," she said.
"I'm really happy it's all over, it's all been worth it."
Academy student Katherine Adams, 18, from Mereheath Park, Knutsford, will be heading off to Leeds University to study English Literature and Drama Studies.
She achieved four As in History, English Literature, Drama and Maths, as well as a Distinction in Music Theatre.
"I was pleased but very nervous," she said. "I am very happy with the results."
Positive atmosphere at Knutsford Acadmey this morning, Guardian reporter Cara Cunningham went down to have a chat with some very happy students.
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