SIXTH-FORM students from around the district are celebrating after collecting their A-level results yesterday.

Youngsters at Harwich and Dovercourt High School achieved a 100 per cent pass rate with 60 per cent of the pupils achieving A to C A-level grades or the BTEC equivalent.

The top achiever was Liam Ainger who got an A and three C gradesLiam said: “I can’t believe I got an A in sociology and good grades in history and English too.”

Kate Finch, headteacher, said she is exceptionally proud.

She added: “These achievements are all about these young people in our community working hard to secure their futures and all of Harwich should be proud.

“These students reflect the quality of the local sixth-form offer which is going from strength to strength.”

Students at Tendring Technology College, in Frinton, also had reason to celebrate.

Jack Harvey secured the top grade of an A* in both physics and maths as well as an A in further maths, and Zak Slater got an A* in maths, and As in chemistry and physics.

Subjects where more than 50 per cent of students achieved a B grade or above included further maths, photography, drama, textiles, chemistry and English literature.

And 90 per cent of BTEC students achieved a merit or distinction.

Michael Muldoon, headteacher, said: “We have very high levels of achievement at every level of ability, and in every subject we offer, both vocational and academic.

“It is fantastic to see our young people reaping the rewards of the hard work, effort and dedication they have demonstrated towards their studies.

“They have earned the results that will take them onto higher education or a wide range of employment possibilities.”

It was double delight for identical twins Ella and Amy Marr from East Bergholt who achieved the same grades, in the same subjects, and are now off to the same university.

The duo both studied A Levels in psychology, law and biology at Colchester Sixth Form and both scored two A*s and an A in their subjects.

Ella said: “We nearly always get identical results, even in our GCSEs I think we were one or two away from getting exactly the same.”

Amy said: “We both wanted to go to the same university and study the same course, we both just like the same things and for twins that is natural.”