JUBILANT students at Holmes Chapel Sixth Form College are celebrating after receiving ‘fantastic’ A-level results.

Due to the pandemic, this was their first set of public exams since primary school yet with tenancy and resilience, they have achieved great grades.

Headteacher Nigel Bielby said: “Wow, what a fantastic set of results this group of students have achieved.

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“Overall, the pass rate was 99.7 per cent.

“Everyone picking up their results today should be very proud not only of their success in the examinations but also for being a wonderful group of people who have worked incredibly hard throughout the seven years that they have been part of our school community.”

Students collecting their A-level and BTEC exam results bucked the national trend and achieved better results than last year.

Some 20 per cent of grades awarded were the top A*/A, an increase from 15 per cent last year.

Whilst grades A* to B, accounted for almost half of all grades awarded showing a 7 per cent rise on last year.

Katie Dexter was hailed ‘star of the show’ after achieving an incredible three A*s.

Knutsford Guardian: Katie Dexter hailed a 'star' after achieving three A*sKatie Dexter hailed a 'star' after achieving three A*s (Image: Supplied)

Her mum said she was ‘super proud’ of what Katie has achieved, especially as her studies have been badly disrupted by ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome).

Katie is off to Leeds University to study English.

High flying Sophie Philip is heading for France to study aviation and become a pilot after achieving A, B, B in her results.

Knutsford Guardian: Sophie Philip is heading to France to study aviation and become a pilotSophie Philip is heading to France to study aviation and become a pilot (Image: Supplied)

Freddie Gough, who achieved a distinction star, A and a C. is looking forward to studying professional policing at Hull University.

Knutsford Guardian: Freddie Gough is off to Hull to study professional policingFreddie Gough is off to Hull to study professional policing (Image: Supplied)

Mr Bielby added: “I’m immensely proud of every one of you.

“You all worked incredibly hard under some tough situations and tough circumstances, and you did that with courage, fortitude, resilience and all those qualities that make you a very special group of people.

“This day is about celebration. We should all be proud of each other, we should all celebrate, we should recognise our successes and we should feel good about that.

“We have a right to feel great about where we are, what we’ve done and what we’ve achieved.

“I want us to be ambitious, courageous and excited about our future.

“I want today to be a real point where we think about all those great things we can do with our lives now we’re ready to fly the nest and take the next steps in our lives.

“I think we belong to an amazing community. We are something special and in the years to come, you’ll look back and realise how special this community is and how precious our school is for all of us.

“Thanks for being incredible young people.”