THOUSANDS of Solihull students collected their GCSE results last week, with an avalanche of As and A*s.
At Tudor Grange Academy there were crowds of beaming teenagers, with 100 per cent achieving five A*-C.
Headteacher Jennifer Bexon-Smith said the school, which is hoping to open a sixth form next year, was delighted: “These courses do challenge the students and there are new assessments which make things tougher,” she said.
Matthew Bennett, from Hillfield, was among those celebrating after picking up 9 A*s.
“I’m pleased but I didn’t do as well as my older brother Rory who sat his exams last year,”.
Narup Chana, from Dorridge, and Haroon Amjad, from Olton, also walked away with a raft of A*s.
“I’m happy with my results, they’re what I needed to get into the Sixth Form College,” said Narup.
Arden Academy, in Knowle, was also celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate - for the fifth consecutive year.
Ann Green, who has come to the end of her ninth and final year at the school, said: “It’s a wonderful end.
“For a comprehensive school to be achieving results like this is very special, it’s a tribute to teachers and pupils.”
Jenna Clarke was singled-out for praise after winning a place at the prestigious Army-backed Wellbeck College.
In north Solihull, Park Hall continues its astounding rise, achieving a record 100 per cent pass rate.
In 2006, the Castle Bromwich school was languishing at 33 per cent and had been placed under special measures. Principal Tony Morrison said: “This is no mean feat.”