Malpas’s Bishop Heber High School is celebrating record results this year with 61 per cent of A-level grades awarded being A*-B, with 80 percent of A-level grades achieved at A*-C.

The results have further established the school as one of the leading comprehensive Sixth Forms in Cheshire, with many students taking up their places at universities across the country or in apprenticeship schemes.

Headteacher David Curry was delighted that so many students achieved their first choice universities and coped with recent changes to the exams.

“Students have once again secured places at top/prestigious universities such as Oxford, Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Durham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Warwick, among others,” he said.

“These achievements demonstrate yet again that the school continues to provide high quality education to students across Cheshire and the wider area, and more importantly, that students feel challenged and supported to achieve their very best.

“Bishop Heber High School is an established centre of excellence for A-level and these results again demonstrate the outstanding efforts of both the students and staff.

“Finally, I am sure that the students would also wish me to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of the teaching and support staff at Heber who work tirelessly to help students achieve the best results they can.

“I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all my colleagues and governors at Heber to wish all ‘leavers’ our best wishes for the future – please keep in touch.”

Simon Wood, director of Sixth Form, added that he was extremely proud of the effort the students have made during their time in the Sixth Form.

“The success of our students is testament to their hard work and dedication,” he said.

“We wish all our students continued success with every endeavour in the future.”

Will Wright, 18, from near Chester, achieved three A* in Maths, Physics and Geography.

He said: “I’m going to Bristol University to do Economics and Maths.

“I’m happy with the results, though I’m trying to be quite cool about it but it’s hard.

“I was hoping for two A* but I’m really happy with three as it’s quite an achievement to get them.

“I planned to go out in Chester to celebrate – my family are quite proud.”

Kia Owen, 18, from nearby Wrexham, picked up an A* in Economics and four As.

She said: “I’m very happy with my results as I needed them for my offer. I’m going to Oxford University to study Politics and Economics.

“I needed the three As for that, so getting them is brilliant. The school have been really helpful throughout my seven years here.”

Millie Thompson, 18, also from near Chester, had three A* in Geography, Arts and General Studies and an A in Maths.

She said: “I’m going to the University of Bath to study Architecture.

“I’m so relieved. I thought I might have achieved a B in Geography, so to get an A* is very pleasing.

“It’s reward for the hard work I’ve put in. I came out of the exam thinking I hadn’t done well enough.”

Charlie Colville, 18 from Tattenhall, achieved three A* in English Literature, Art and General Studies.

“I’m going to Warwick to do History of Art,” she said.

“I’m feeling a bit drained. For my English Literature, I was expecting that grade but I was hoping for more with the ones I got Bs in.

“But I’m still really happy with them.”

Jacob Sims, 18, from Whitchurch, picked up three A* in Maths, Physics, and Product Design and an A in Further Maths.

He said: “I’m obviously happy but I was hoping for a little bit more. That said, I’m obviously delighted with how I’ve done.

“I was a bit nervous about coming to open my results but the main emotion is relief. I celebrated with a family meal and I had a few drinks after that.”