TARPORLEY Sixth Form College is celebrating a record-breaking A-level year, with 64 per cent of students being awarded grades A star to B.

Thirty-five per cent of all grades awarded were A star or A, and the majority of students gained a place at their first choice university.

Tom Critchley (A*, A*, A*) has been accepted at Oxford University (New College) to read mathematics.

Lloyd Kelly will also read mathematics at the University of Bristol after gaining A* grades in his four A-levels.

Also attending the University of Bristol is Emma Bowman (A*, A, A, A) who will read law, while Caitlin Bodfish (A*, A, A) will read combined honours in Arts (English and Spanish) at Durham University.

Matthew Hill (A*, A, A) will pursue a medical degree at Lancaster University, Sarah Overy (A*, A, A) will read nutrition and food science at the University of Nottingham, Richard Greenbury (A, A, A) will read economics and finance at the University of Leeds, and Stephen Pover (A, A, A) will study accounting and financial management at the University of Sheffield.

Stuart Russell (A, A, A) will read economics at the University of Birmingham, and Oliver Tyler (A, A, A) will read management at the University of Leeds.

Other courses college students will be pursuing at university this year include engineering, fashion design, architecture, politics, philosophy, biochemistry, American studies, German, speech pathology and therapy, archaeology, Spanish, advertising, agriculture, history, teaching, pharmacy and English.

“Today has been an absolute pleasure for us here at school,” said Jason Lowe, director of sixth form today.

“They have been an outstanding year group, who have not only developed academically during their time here at Tarporley, but also as individuals.

“Our students have contributed so much to the life of the school and to the local community, and are frequently praised for their mature approach, teamwork and leadership.

“Today is a fitting reward for all their hard work, supported by their families and the dedicated staff at the school. I would like to take this opportunity to wish them every success in their next pathway in life. We really will miss them all.”

Tarporley Sixth Form is open to all students with suitable GCSE grades. Although many courses are full, there are some places available for the new academic year - students can register for courses on Thursday, August 20. Tarporley Sixth Form is also open to students who have not previously attended the school.