FOR the third year in a row, it was ‘the best year ever’ for students at Queen Mary’s College when they were given their A Level results today.

It has been another successful year for the college, based in Cliddesden Road, with an A-Level pass rate of 99 per cent, with 77 per cent of students being given A*-C grades.

Elsewhere, 50 per cent of the students who completed Applied General Qualifications were awarded a distinction.

Principal Ali Foss said: “It’s the third year in a row that we can say it’s our best year ever. The students have been very high-achieving and all their hard work has paid off.

“It’s been nerve-wracking waiting for all the results to become available, but it has been worth it. It’s lovely, it is such a thrill for the students and it is excellent for the teachers. I really couldn’t be more proud.”

There were some great results for some of the students.

Natalie Montegriffo will be going to Oxford University after achieving A*s in biology, chemistry, and an extended project, as well as getting an A in history.

“I’m really happy,” the 18-year-old said. “It was surprising to get the results, but I did my best and it really has made all the hard work worth it.”

Natalie will be going to the prestigious university in the new term, to study human sciences. She added: “Doing my extended project was great, it was really interesting to do the study, and I even managed to talk to an institute in France about what I was doing, and got to see some of their journals.

“I was happy to do it and get through it, it really helped to build my confidence.”

Another one of the high achieving students was 18-year-old Zac Atter.

Zac achieved A*s in both chemistry and maths, and As in both physics and further maths. With his fantastic results, he will be going to read maths at the University of Bath in the new term.

He said: “I’m really happy with the results. I put in a lot of hard work and it has paid off. I’m really pleased to have done so well.”

As a part of the next step for Zac, he will be completing a year in industry as a part of his course.

Chloe Gifford was one more of the high achievers.

She was awarded three As in history, English literature and politics.

She said: “It’s amazing, it doesn’t feel real yet, I’m really happy to see the results. I feel relieved more than anything.

“I’m going to be going on a gap year, so I will be working and then going travelling.”

Chloe currently works at the Milestones Museum.