SOLIHULL students were celebrating today after another year of outstanding A Level results.
At the Sixth Form College, Solihull, there was an overall pass rate of 97.8 per cent.
But things were quieter than usual at the Widney Manor Road campus, with teenagers able to collect their results online.
Louise Holt, from Bentley Heath - who picked up three A*s - said that the system had been very useful for her friends.
The results went up there at six oclock and clearing doesnt open until eight, so they had a head-start, she said.
But Neda Irenji, from St Alphege, said it was a shame that the old way of doing things was coming to an end.
Its not quite the same going on the computer at home, you dont get the thrill of coming into college with your friends and having the piece of paper in your hand.
The Sixth Form said that it was important to move with the times and from next year, the results would only be published online.
Getting a head-start is more crucial than ever, with the battle for university places getting tougher nationwide
Louise and Neda, both 18, are among the lucky ones - theyve got places to study at Cambridge and Leicester respectively.
Its getting very difficult, said Neda. For my course, studying medicine, there was something like 22,000 applications for 6,500 places.
This year also saw the introduction of the new A* grade, piloted last year and now rolled out across the curriculum.
Paul Ashdown, Sixth Form College principal, said: We are particularly delighted with the large number of A* grades achieved.
It is becoming harder and harder to get university places and those students who have achieved that must be commended. We are proud to be the largest provider of students to higher education in the area.
At St Martins, girls celebrated a 100 per cent pass rate, while Park Hall said it had enjoyed its best ever results.