STUDENTS across North Devon have been nervously tearing open A Level results slips today as the overall pass rate in the UK rose for the 26th year in a row. The record-breaking results were echoed in the region, with 99 per cent A-Level pass rates achieve

STUDENTS across North Devon have been nervously tearing open A Level results slips today as the overall pass rate in the UK rose for the 26th year in a row.The record-breaking results were echoed in the region, with 99 per cent A-Level pass rates achieved at North Devon College and West Buckland School, well above the national average pass rate of 97.2 per cent.At North Devon College, one in every five students achieved a grade A, with 26 of the 35 A Level subjects taught celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate. Twenty-nine students sitting A Level exams achieved three grade As or better, a further improvement on the college's results last year.Four students were offered places at Oxford or Cambridge, among them Elizabeth Evans, who will be reading theology at Oxford, and Toby Nicholas-Twining who will be off to Cambridge after attaining four A grades in maths, further mathematics, physics and chemistry. Toby said: "I'm really pleased with my results; I've had lots of support from family and lecturers and have enjoyed being part of the academic academy while at North Devon College."Fellow student, Courtenay Holbourn, received an AA grade, as well as three As and is on her way to study maths at Bath University."I am so pleased with my results and hope to become a maths teacher," she said. "I felt there was a real joint effort from me and my lecturers in all the hard work to get my results. I have had great support from everyone and am really happy." Lee Jennings who is off to Kings College, London, added: "It's has been hard work, but so worth it. I'm really excited about what's next."Hermione Williams-Copp was also overjoyed by her four A grades and will be studying natural sciences at Durham University, after taking a gap year. "The support at North Devon College has been great, especially my lecturer, Lene Chatwin who has been absolutely brilliant," she said.David Dodd, principal of North Devon College, said: "We are very proud of our students and staff; it is their hard work and commitment that makes this college outstanding. "We wish our students every success in their future."Meanwhile at West Buckland, 70 per cent of all A Level exams were passed at A or B grade; 19 out of the 62 candidates achieved three A grades or better, while two gained four A gradesThree West Buckland sixth formers have won places at Oxford and Cambridge.Amyus Bale, deputy head of school and his fellow sixth former Laura Schofield, gained three A grades and both won places at Oxford, with Amyus reading English at Wadham College, and Laura reading law, at a college yet to be allocated. Talented musician, Pip Ash, achieved four A grades and will go up to Cambridge to read law at Churchill College. Cherry Bedford also gained four A grades.Headmaster, John Vick, said: "For 70 per cent of all A Level exams to be passed at A or B grades for the second successive year is a remarkable achievement by any standards. "These results make a fine contribution to our 150th anniversary celebrations. "These sixth formers deserve enormous praise for their hard work and determination to make the most of their abilities and opportunities. They are an outstanding group of young people and they thoroughly deserve their success.