Disappointment turned to success at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar school when the A Level results were announced.
This year’s cohort, a much larger one than in previous years, gained the results predicted, showing considerable progress over what were disappointing AS results last year.
Overall 71 per cent of students gained A*-C grades and the pass rate remained high at 98 per cent.
A spokesman for the school said: “ We congratulate our candidates as they move on to university and, this year, we are delighted to report, to a number of BAE apprenticeships.
“It is expected that competition for university places will be fierce and we will know more about how our pupils have done on this front in the next day or two.
“Historically, the school has maintained an excellent record of university successes, with take-up of university places consistently being well over 95 per cent.
“We were particularly encouraged this year by the achievements of a large number of pupils who only joined QEGS two years ago to study for their A-levels. QEGS welcomes applications to its Sixth Form from pupils throughout Lancashire and the surrounding areas.”