STUDENTS, staff and parents at Alderley Edge School for Girls are celebrating an 'outstanding' set of GCSE results.

Year 11 students at the all-girls school joined hundreds of thousands across the country to collect their exam results on Thursday (August 24).

The school has reported more than a quarter of its overall GCSE grades were 8s and 9s (equivalent to A*), with almost half of all grades 7 to 9 (A to A*).

Particular success stories include Bernice Yeung, who gained nine 9s and one grade 7; Emma Cartwright who attained five 9s, four 8s and one 7; Tilly Hawkins, who achieved four 9s, three 8s and two 7s; Emily Barrett, who received six 9s, two 8s and a 6 (eight A*s and one B); and Sophie Derbyshire who was awarded four 9s, two 8s and five 7s.

Headmistress Nicola Smillie said: "I am absolutely delighted with this year’s results and send my huge congratulations to both the pupils and staff.

"Both have worked equally hard to achieve these stunning set of results.

"The resilience and determination shown by the year 11 pupils has been incredible and while the girls have been academically challenged every step of the way, they have enjoyed their studies with us enormously which is a testament to the incredible pastoral care and opportunities we provide here at AESG."

Head of upper school Caroline Leigh added: "Many of this year’s cohort will be staying with us to pursue their A-levels in a vast array of subjects, with all students having high aspirations for their career choices.

"The girls really do deserve these results and it has been wonderful to share their special moment in receiving them."

In terms of subjects, more than a third of all grades in English language were 8s and 9s, rising to more than 50 per cent for English literature grades.

Almost three quarters of business studies grades were 7 to 9; two thirds of geography grades were 8s and 9s; one third of higher maths GCSEs were 8s and 9s; and in both biology and chemistry, 60 per cent of all grades were 8s and 9s.

Two thirds of history grades were 8s and 9s.