Ilfracombe Academy is celebrating a high pass rate despite over the new tougher A levels brought in this year. Students gathered at the school library this morning (Thursday) to collect their results. Headteacher Sharon Marshall said: We are absolutely delighted with a high pass rate. There are lots of excited students moving into the next step in their lives and in a year when A levels have got tougher our figures have held up. The figures have recognised all those students who have worked so hard to get to grips with the new A levels. Stand out students included Rachel Woolmer, who achieved two As and a B while her friend Rosa Elliott-Arkell attained an A*, A and a C. Rachel is going on to Nottingham University to study music and hopes to become a music therapist. She said: I am so grateful to the school and to the teachers for all the help they have given me. Rosa will be doing American Studies at Sussex, which includes a year abroad as part of the course. A trip to Dubai proved perfect for Charlie Palfreemans photography coursework and helped earn him an A* grade, together with an A in media studies and B in maths. He said he took around 2,500 pictures during his trip, basing the theme on manufactured structures. Of his grades, he said: I am quite shocked, I was not expecting this. In photography I worked really hard and stayed after school, spending 11 hour days just to get it done. The whole photography group did extremely well, with everyone gaining at least a C. Teacher Katherine Thompson said: All of the students met or exceeded their target rate and they have all done so well, they worked really hard and I am really delighted with their results. Meanwhile, Jasmine Currie-Cathey gained two A grades in AS level maths and physics after achieving 11 A* grades at GCSE last year. BTEC students also did well, with Olivia Halls, Tommy Bowden and Matthew Rumson achieving seven distinction star grades between them.