Students and schools in North Tyneside have secured the best A-level and equivalent results compared to previous years.
Schools opened their doors early on Thursday morning for hundreds of Year 13 pupils to see how well they had done in their exams.
And results showed an increased in the number of students achieving three or more A* to C grades while some schools celebrated a 100 per cent pass rate.
Most of the teenagers were able to secure their first or second choice university places, leaving some to find a university route through clearing.
Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “I’m delighted to congratulate all the young people in North Tyneside who have achieved such excellent results which are a reflection of all their hard work and dedication.
“Their teachers and their parents must be feeling very proud of them.
“It’s especially encouraging to hear that so many of our students have secured their first or second choice of university place, with many meeting rigorously high entry requirements and securing places at some of the country’s top universities.
“North Tyneside schools are continuing to close the gap on the very best schools in the country.
“Our ambition is to equip young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to realise their aspirations and fulfil their potential.
“These impressive results show we are making excellent progress towards these ambitions.”
At George Stephenson High School, in Killingworth, students achieved the best ever set of A Level results the school has ever had.
Headteacher Ian Wilkinson said: “We are absolutely delighted with the A-Level results this year.
“We had a 100 per cent pass rate and an outstanding 58 per cent of our grades were A* to B.”
Churchill Community College, Wallsend, has reported outstanding results again this year, with a 100 per cent pass rate.
Headteacher David Baldwin said: “Our students have worked extremely hard to achieve an outstanding set of results.
“Overall as a school we have maintained our 100 per cent pass rate at A-level and our average point score per entry is our best ever and significantly above the national average.”
At Seaton Burn Community College, students were celebrating great results.
The small cohort of just 26 students have secured excellent results, with Gemma Ashby achieving five A/AS levels all at A and will be reading history at Durham University.
Amy Errington gained four A/AS levels all at A and will be studying physiotherapy at York University.
Alison Shaw, principal at Seaton Burn Community College, said: “I commend the ability, dedication and commitment of our students, who have studied across a broad curriculum and gained considerable success again this year.
“They have undertaken a huge workload and worked exceptionally hard.
“We are seeing a very high rate of success in our Year 13 students securing places at university.
“We are delighted and inspired by the impact and contribution that our students will make as a consequence of their choices for the future.”
Whitley Bay High School Sixth Form have equalled the school’s best ever results from August 2011 and raised the bar even higher for the percentage of top A* grades.
Steve Wilson, executive head of Post 16, said: “Once again our students have done themselves proud, with consistently strong progress at whatever level they are working.
“We congratulate the students; their families and our teachers who helped make this possible.”