STUDENTS at QEGS have been full of smiles this morning, after collecting a strong crop of results from their A Level exams.
The Green Road school was buzzing with nervous pupils from 8am, when the gates opened to enable staff to hand out the brown envelopes.
More than 40 per cent of the students in the second year of sixth form achieved one or more A or A* grade this year, with 51 per cent scoring beteen A* and B.
Top performers included Jamie Cash, who produced five grades at A* or A and is now heading to Oxford University to study physics.
Evie Bleach-Lawrence, Hannah Millman, Rachel Sales,
Ellen Ward and Sophie Yeh scooped four A or A* grades.
Hannah, 18, from Ashbourne, who hopes to study economics at Bristol Iniversity said: "I'm very pleased. I didn't know what to expect, I was so nervous about this morning but I'm really relieved now I've got the results.
Kerry Machell, 18, from Ashbourne, one of three students to get three of the top grades, is going to take up a place at Exeter University once she has taken a gap-year in a French ski resort.
She said: "I just feel pure relief, I'm so happy. I think I'm just glad it's over now, the wait has been really antagonising."
Head teacher Anne Martin said: "We're really proud of all the results today, the students have done really well.
"Overall we've achieved what we expected to achieve as a sixth form so there are many happy students here and we're all relieved for them.
"We've still got another set of results to come out next week and the GCSEs are the big one so we're just looking ahead to that now."