Students across south east Northumberland have been celebrating their A-Level results this week.
Early indications are that there has been a rise in the average point score per entry for all A-Levels taken by students this year.
Overall pass rate, grades A* to E, has risen from 98.6 per cent in 2012 to 98.9 per cent in 2013, an increase of 0.3 per cent.
And schools including Ashington High School, Northumberland Church of England Academy, Ashington, and Astley High School, Seaton Delaval, are celebrating their best ever A-Level results.
Paul Moffat, corporate director of children’s services at Northumberland County Council, said: “We are hearing of some really good performances by individual students and some of our schools and academies have seen significant improvements.
“I would like to congratulate all the students who have taken exams this year and wish them every success in their future career.”