Barton Peveril is celebrating after where the class of 2014 achieved a 98.1 per cent A*to E pass rate at A-level.

A* to C grades were netted by 76 per cent of students with 61 per cent of those taking the Extended Project alongside A-levels attaining A*-B.

Top A* grades in at least one subject were secured by 17 per cent of students – a two per cent rise on last year’s figure.

Among those with plenty to celebrate was former Mountbatten pupil, Matt Arnold, who proved himself one of the top students in the country with four A* grades in computing, maths, further maths and physics.

Matt will take up his place to study computer science at Cambridge in September.

Summer Colling, also from Mountbatten, got straight As in biology, chemistry, geography and psychology and is heading for Exeter University to study Biological Sciences.

Former Romsey School pupils are also a significant step nearer achieving their career ambitions after excelling in a broad range of subjects. Izzy Weaver took centre stage as one of Barton Peveril’s top performing arts students when she achieved a distinction* grade in her acting qualification, while Rory Hughes secured a place to study history at Sussex with A grades in government and politics, history and religious studies. The college’s vocational pass rate for courses including business, media, sport, IT, health and social care and performing arts remains outstanding at 99.4 per cent with distinction grades equivalent to A*-B at A-level achieved by a significant number of these students.

Barton Peveril principal, Jonathan Prest, said: “Such strong exam results complete the broader picture of all that combines to make a rounded sixth form education and ensure that students continue to leave us well prepared for higher education, apprenticeships and employment.

“The class of 2014 are a credit to their teachers and to the families and friends whose support has played such an important part in their success.”