THE PASS rate for A level results for just under 1,300 sixth formers across Cheshire West and Chester is close to the national average, with the highest flying students achieving the new A* grade.

Although not all of the results are in, the figure for secondary schools with sixth forms so far stands at 96.4 percent – compared to the 97.6 percent national figure.

Executive Member for Education and Children Councillor Arthur Harada said: “I would like to congratulate our students who have worked hard at their studies. I would also add my thanks to teachers, support staff, governors, parents and carers who have helped our young people to achieve.”

Director of Children and Young People’s Services John Stephens said: “It is always a great pleasure to see so many talented young people successfully completing their A levels and moving on to new opportunities.

He added: “These outcomes are the result of a tremendous amount of hard work. I wish our students all the best for the future.”