HSDC – which runs Alton, Havant and South Downs colleges – had an overall 96 per cent pass rate for A-level, vocational and technical courses.

At Alton College there were 100 per cent pass rates in more than half of its A-level subjects, including music, music technology, English, dance and drama, highlighting the dedication of students and teachers.

Alton College had a 100 per cent pass rate at T-level. Celebrations were also in order for Alton's T-level education and early years students, who achieved a 100 per cent pass rate.

The T-level programme has proved to be an excellent platform for students to develop vocational skills and technical expertise, preparing them for seamless entry into the workforce or higher education.

Extended diploma results showcased commendable performances, with a 99.5 per cent pass rate at Alton College. More than half the students achieved high grades.

HSDC principal and chief executive Mike Gaston said: "We are immensely proud of our students' achievements across A-level, vocational and technical courses.

"Like all colleges, our results have returned to pre-pandemic levels. Our students' dedication, combined with the unwavering support of our educators and staff, has culminated in these commendable results.

"As an institution, we remain committed to fostering an environment that nurtures academic excellence and empowers students to reach their full potential.

"These results reflect the collaborative efforts of students, parents, educators and the entire communities we serve, all of whom have contributed to HSDC’s continued success."

Former Churcher's College pupil Morris Padget, who is going to Bath University to study mathematics, and former Eggar's School pupil Matthew Cooke, who is going to Imperial London to study material science engineering, were among those who went to Alton College today to celebrate.

They said: “Four A-levels were hard but necessary for what we wanted to achieve. In the second year we realised we had to work really hard to ensure we hit our grades, and this definitely paid off.

"Three A-levels would have been more comfortable, but we are thrilled with our results, we got what we needed and more. If you know what you want to do, go for it.”

Meanwhile Janie Terry, who previously studied at Weydon School, was overjoyed to announce she achieved a distinction in performing arts and would be continuing her studies at UCA Farnham.

She said: “My results are pretty fab. I thought I was quite relaxed about today, but I woke up early, so I guess I was a bit nervous.

"Studying performing arts was the best decision I made. I had fab teachers and made great friends and got a distinction. I am very happy.”