STUDENTS at Bideford College celebrated their A-level results last week with the overall grades a marked improvement on last year.
Principal Veronica Matthews and head of sixth form Kaye French were delighted with 12 per cent more students gaining A2 level A* to C grades compared with last year.
Miss Matthews said: "Of course we are delighted for our students and with the college results overall.
"They are very much going in the right direction and they reflect the hard work of both students and staff as well as the support and encouragement of parents and carers.
"We are proud of our students and what they have achieved and we wish them all well for the future."
Kaye French, the college's assistant principal with responsibility for the sixth form added: "On a personal level I am really pleased with these results at the end of my first year at the college.
"I have been impressed by the students' commitment and maturity."
One of the students collecting their results was Hannah Davis, from Bideford, who achieved A*, A, B and is off to study primary teaching.
She said: "I was really unsure, I didn't know how I had done.
"I stayed with my friend last night and we watched films and had some wine to take our mind off this morning.
"I am so pleased. We are going to Greece in September so we have that to look forward to and celebrate there as well."
Another student, Alice Allin, from Bideford, had convinced herself she was not going to get the grades she needed to study medicine so didn't apply.
But she found out on Thursday she got three As so is now going to apply for next year.
She said: "I had convinced myself I wasn't going to do well enough so I am going to take a gap year and apply next year. I am really pleased."