Cumbria's A level results are on course to record another year of improving performances.
Results have now been collated from 19 of the county's 24 local authority maintained schools and academies (79 per cent.) The number of overall passes (A*-E) has risen to 97 per cent compared to 95.5 per cent in 2009.
This year's national figure is 97.6 per cent.
The number of A*-E passes, excluding academy data, is also 97 per cent compared to 95.9 per cent in 2009.
It must be remembered that results are provisional and could be subject to revision.
The percentage of students achieving A*-C grades has also risen.
This year's pass rate so far is 67 per cent compared to 65.5 per cent in 2009.
The figure, excluding academies, is 68 per cent compared to 66.9 per cent in 2009.
Fourteen of the nineteen schools who have so far submitted data have recorded overall pass rates equal to, or higher than, last year.