STUDENTS across Dorset turned the page on a new chapter of their lives as they received their A-level results on Thursday.

Of the youngsters taking A-levels at Parkstone Grammar School, 71 per cent achieved A* to B grades, while 90 per cent achieved A* to C. The A* to E pass rate was 99.4 per cent.

Teachers hailed students for their “hard work and determination” in achieving such “outstanding” results.

Staff and pupils at Lytchett Minster School celebrated their best-ever year for A-level results, with 56 per cent achieving A* to B grades. The overall pass rate was 99 percent.

Head boy Ryan Simpson, the 2018 tae kwon do world champion, has been awarded a scholarship to study sport at Bath University.

At Avonbourne, the overall pass rate at A* to E was 95 per cent, with 59 per cent achieving A* to C grades.

Director of sixth form Kathryn Loughnan said: “We are delighted with these sets of results.”

Hannah Amey got straight As with an A* in psychology. She will study at the University of Surrey and hopes to become a criminal psychologist.

Corfe Hills students are celebrating their results, with 71 per cent A* to C grades recorded. Five students were awarded an A* in art.

Head teacher Phil Keen said: “I am incredibly proud.”

Patrick Earnshaw, head teacher at Highcliffe, said he is “delighted” with students after discovering 29 per cent of all grades achieved were A*, A, distinction* or distinction.

“Students have worked extremely hard,” he said.

Teachers at Ringwood School say they are celebrating an “exceptionally successful year”. The overall pass rate was 99 per cent.

Students studying science did particularly well, with 79 per cent of all grades in chemistry at A* to B level.

More than a quarter of all grades achieved by A-level students at Arnewood are A* or As this year. Overall, 99.5 per cent of students at the New Milton school achieved A* to E grades.

Head teacher Nigel Pressnell said: “This success is testament to the hard work of all our staff and students.”

At Bournemouth School for Girls, 99.78 per cent of all grades were A* to E. Five students had all A*s.

Head teacher Alistair Brien said: “These results mean they can move on to the next stage of their lives with confidence, ready to make a difference in the world.”

Students at Magna Academy Poole had the opportunity to study a range of both A-levels and BTEC qualifications. In total, 49 per cent of grades were A* or A, or equivalent.

Across all grades achieved at Poole High School, almost three-quarters were A* to C. Every student will now go to university or begin an apprenticeship.

Elly Nash, head of sixth form, said: “We are proud of the hard work and dedication of our students.”

Twynham School students achieved an overall pass rate of almost 100 per cent. Youngsters from the school will go on to study chemical engineering, medicine, mathematics, theoretical physics and chemistry.

Students at Poole Grammar School achieved a pass rate of 98.93 per cent. Youngsters studying subjects including art, economics and music scored pass rates of 100 per cent at A*, A or B.

Head Andy Baker said: “We are delighted that their hard work and determination has been rewarded.”

LeAF Studio enjoyed “exceptional” vocational results. BTEC sport, music and music technology courses had a pass rate of 100 per cent.

Jack MacGregor, a full-time badminton athlete, scored a triple distinction* in sport. Jack is currently training in Scotland at a national level.

Talbot Heath students Ursula Gannon and Sophie Griffiths will study medicine at Cardiff University. The girls are two of five from the school who will study medicine.

The students achieved an 100 per cent pass rate, with 81 per cent scoring A* to B grades. Sixth formers will pursue a range of courses, from accountancy to criminology.

Wimborne’s Queen Elizabeth’s School will see 72 per cent of its cohort heading off to university. Chris Buller, assistant head with responsibility for sixth form, said: “I am thrilled for all of our students.”

The head of Burgate Sixth Form, David Power, said he is “thoroughly delighted” with students’ results, with 45 per cent of all entries at A* to B grades.

“It has been another really successful year,” he said.

At The Grange School, 69 per cent of students achieved three D* to D grades, equivalent to three A* to A grades at A-level.

All students have progressed on to university, apprenticeships or jobs with training.

Alex Halim of Bournemouth School will take up a place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after scoring top grades.

Overall, 41 per cent of all entries at the school were graded A* or A, with performances particularly strong in the sciences and government and politics.

Headmaster Dr Dorian Lewis said: “Remarkably, nearly 30 per cent of the cohort attained three A grades or better.”

The pass rate at The Bishop of Winchester Academy was 98 per cent.

Principal Paul McKeown said: “This has been achieved through hard work and dedication.”

The number of A-level students gaining A* and A grades at St Edward’s RC/CE VA School in Poole was 12 per cent this year. Some 96 per cent of students gained A-levels at grade A* to E.

Among the high achievers were Chinese students Jing Jing Chen and her brother Bin Bin Chen. The pair only arrived in the UK two years ago.

Jing Jing gained four A* grades in maths, higher maths, biology and business.