STUDENTS across North Yorkshire achieved high levels of success in their A-level results, with the majority of the county’s schools showing improvements in student point scores.

Early figures show the majority of local schools recorded outstanding A-level scores, maintaining the very high standards of previous years.

North Yorkshire has consistently been in the top ten per cent of authorities nationally for A-level success in past years and early indications suggest it is likely to have maintained that performance.

County councillor Arthur Barker, executive member for schools, said: "I would like to congratulate all the young people of North Yorkshire on their results.

"These outstanding results mean that that they are in a very good position to to take up the higher education and training places of their choice; that they can step out into the world with high aspirations and with confidence.

“There is a great deal in these achievements to be proud of and they are a tribute to the application and hard work of students, the support of families and to the dedication of school staff and the quality of teaching in North Yorkshire.

“These very high standards mean that the nation’s most prestigious universities are open to the county’s students across a wide range of subjects as well as the widest range of vocational courses, training and employment.

"We congratulate our students and wish them all well in their future lives and on which ever pathway they choose to take.”