Sixth form students have bettered the efforts of their predecessors in gaining top A level grades.

The number of students achieving A* or A at West Hatch Sixth Form in High Road, Chigwell, increased from 19 per cent to 27 per cent, and half the students got B or higher.

Only one percent of students failed to get a grade E or higher.

Reggie Clark was one of the students to get three straight A*s in Maths Physics and Chemistry and is hoping to study chemical engineering at Bristol University.

He said: “When I saw my results I was buzzing. I’m over the moon.

“I’m looking forward to uni, Bristol is a nice city with great nightlife.

“My mum’s going to miss me but it’ll be a lot of fun.”

Olivia O’Grady was the highest achieving girl at West Hatch with two A*s in English literature and Maths and an A in Biology and will be studying English at University College London (UCL).

She said: “I’m really happy. I was worried because a lot depends on these three grades and I really wanted to go to uni.

“I love London and I’ll be staying at home but I’m going to miss my friends who are moving away.”

Olivia’s friend Chloe also did well with an A* in Chemistry and As in Maths and Geography which enables her to study medicine at Sheffield university.

She said: “I’m looking forward to the student’s union which is one of the best in the country; I like to work hard and play hard.”

All BTECH students at the sixth form achieved an A* and two As as a minimum and 90 percent of Cache level three diploma students got three As.