Early indications show Cumbria's A level results have improved significantly from last year.
This is based on data from approximately a third of the county's secondary schools.
However it must be stressed these are unvalidated results and may well be subject to change.
Peter McGaw, Cumbria County Council's principal school improvement officer, said:
"It appears at this early stage that Cumbrian students have produced some outstanding results.
Our congratulations go to those young people aswell as parents and staff who have supported them during the examination process.
We await with interest the impact of the new A* grade and its impact on young people.
We are hoping those who want to progress onto higher education will have done enough.
With regard to attempting to secure a university places we would urge young people to consider the range of options available to them and to talk to their school for advice if grades are not what they had hoped for."
Cllr Duncan Fairbairn, Cumbria County Council cabinet member responsible for schools and learning, said:
"The hard work of A level students throughout the county should not be under estimated.
I'm extremely pleased that all this work has been recognised. My congratulations also go to the teachers, staff and parents who contributed to some fine results.
As the local authority we will continue to strive to help improve educational standards for every pupil in the county."
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