Good luck to all students collecting their A Level results today! The Chronicle will be bringing you all the news about results across Chester and Ellesmere Port along with information about clearing. You can get in touch by tweeting @ChesterChron or by email to cheshire.news@trinitymirror.com

Signing off

Thanks for following our A Level results day live blog and best of luck to all Cheshire West and Chester students for the future. See you again next week when GCSE students across the county will be opening their ever-important envelopes.

National picture

The overall pass rate in Cheshire West and Chester was 97% - just below the national average. Read the full details here

Passing out

Overall pass rate of 99% at Sir John Deane’s College in Northwich. Full report here

A Level results day at Sir John Deane's Sixth Form College
A Level results day at Sir John Deane's Sixth Form College

In pictures

Just some of today’s photographs of sixth formers celebrating their A Levels at schools across Cheshire West and Chester

All adds up

A Level students at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, which saw outstanding university successes
A Level students at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, which saw outstanding university successes (Image: EPCHS)

Following their dreams

Many students at Chester Catholic High School are able to follow their dreams after their A Level results this year. Read more about students’ achievements here.

Chester Catholic High students Francesca Noro, who earned an A* and two As, and Eleanor Edwards, who picked up three A*s
Chester Catholic High students Francesca Noro, who earned an A* and two As, and Eleanor Edwards, who picked up three A*s

Can't cook, won't cook

Cooking and cleaning are just two of the worries facing university freshers who have just picked up their A Level results from The Queen’s School in Chester

Commitment

The first school in Ellesmere Port to declare its A Level results is Whitby High School. Well done to all students, whose achievements can be viewed here.

Excellent A Level results were reported by The Whitby High School, Ellesmere Port
Excellent A Level results were reported by The Whitby High School, Ellesmere Port (Image: The Whitby High School)

Hunger Games

Don’t forget that you A Level students can get FREE food today

Nando's platter
Nando's platter

Oxbridge-bound

Results in from The King’s School in Chester and ten students are heading to Oxbridge. Read the full story here

Students from The King's School, Chester, celebrate their A Level results
Students from The King's School, Chester, celebrate their A Level results

The Top 500 club

Students at Bishop Heber High School in Malpas sat more than 500 exams! Find out how they got on by clicking here.

A Level results day at Bishop Heber High School
A Level results day at Bishop Heber High School

Sporting success

Find out how these two top athletes got on with their A Levels at The Grange in Hartford by clicking here.

A Level results day at The Grange School. Pictured: Ashley Hogg and Harry Lord
A Level results day at The Grange School. Pictured: Ashley Hogg and Harry Lord

Bishops' High School cause for celebration

Full report from Bishops High School in Great Boughton can be found here.

Bishops' Blue Coat - Shane Toussi, Joel Thomas and Jamie Gittins
Bishops' Blue Coat - Shane Toussi, Joel Thomas and Jamie Gittins

Tarporley High students 'absolute delight'

Full report on how students at Tar4porley High School fared on A Levels day can be found here.

There's reason to celebrate for these Tarporley High School students
There's reason to celebrate for these Tarporley High School students

Great day for Upton High School students

Headteacher Paula Dixon is full of praise for her A Level students at Upton High. A full report can be found here.

Upton-by-Chester High School. Front L-R: Lydia Draycott, Georgina Pritchard, Natasha Mason, Louise Nicholson, Sophie Searle, India Cotgreave. Back L-R: Austin Turner, Ewan Cook, Joel Russell, Daniel Stroud
Upton-by-Chester High School. Front L-R: Lydia Draycott, Georgina Pritchard, Natasha Mason, Louise Nicholson, Sophie Searle, India Cotgreave. Back L-R: Austin Turner, Ewan Cook, Joel Russell, Daniel Stroud

Abbey Gate success

Best results since 2011 at Abbey Gate College. Full report with pictures here.

Excellent grades at Helsby High School

Headteacher is full of praise for the class of 2016 at Helsby High School. Read full report here.

Helsby High School students celebrate their A Level results: Back row (l-r) Matthew Nield, Tom Vaughan, Sylvia Hayes, Scott Jones, Faye Wetherall, Kate Lancaster and Millie Newall. Front row (l-r) Laura Stock-Caldwell, Matt Kilborn, Tara Desert, Anna Williams and Ella Hart
Helsby High School students celebrate their A Level results: Back row (l-r) Matthew Nield, Tom Vaughan, Sylvia Hayes, Scott Jones, Faye Wetherall, Kate Lancaster and Millie Newall. Front row (l-r) Laura Stock-Caldwell, Matt Kilborn, Tara Desert, Anna Williams and Ella Hart

Much to celebrate at Christleton High

A Level students at Christleton High School managed 100% success rate in 18 subjects. Click here for a full report and gallery of pictures.

Something for later

Just reward for hard working students!

Great day for Olivia at The King's School

Olivia McNee (right) picking up her results from The King's School with her mum Jo Henwood
Olivia McNee (right) picking up her results from The King's School with her mum Jo Henwood

All smiles at Helsby High

First choice success for Queen's Park High School students

It’s been a morning of celebration for many students at Queen’s Park High School. Click here for a full report on the Handbridge school’s A Levels success.

Jubilation at Queen's Park High School

Queen's Park High School year 13
Queen's Park High School year 13

Get in touch with UCAS

Queen's Park High School 'milestone'

Queen’s Park High School in Handbridge say their A Level results today mark ‘a major milestone in our rapid and relentless journey to become an outstanding school’. Full report and picture to follow.

Message from West Cheshire College

Tarporley High School celebrates

UCAS reveals record breaking day

According to UCAS, 424,000 students have been accepted to UK universities and colleges so far this year– up 3% on A level results day in 2015. This is the highest number recorded on A level results day.There are 201,000 UK 18 year old applicants placed, +2% on 2015 despite the population falling by 2.3%. Young people from the UK are 4% more likely to have been placed in higher education than last year.

There are also more acceptances from older age groups, with acceptances for those aged 25 or older from the UK up 8%.

Applicants were able to log in to Track on the UCAS website from 8am this morning to see if they have been accepted.

Students considering using the UCAS Clearing service can start researching courses this morning, before discussing their options with universities throughout the day.

Students can make a formal Clearing choice from 3pm.

Courses with vacancies are listed on the UCAS website.

Full information and contact details can also be found on the website and students can also direct questions to a UCAS expert on Twitter or Facebook.

Experienced careers advisers are also ready to discuss the range of options open to students on the Exam Results Helpline, which is funded by the Department for Education, on 0808 100 8000.

Boys and girls

Interesting analysis piece from our colleagues at the Daily Mirror: