VIDEO: It's A level results day at King James's School in Knaresborough

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Students at King James's School, Knaresborough, are celebrating today after picking up their A level results.

Top grades of A* to B were achieved in 55 per cent of all examinations, with an A* to C rate of 80 per cent.

L-R: Knaresborough King James students Ben Tillett, Charlie Phillips and Sam Backhouse, all 18, celebrate their A level results.

L-R: Knaresborough King James students Ben Tillett, Charlie Phillips and Sam Backhouse, all 18, celebrate their A level results.

The top performing student was Alice MacCormack, 18, from Harrogate, who will go on to study veterinary medicine in Edinburgh with three A* grades and one A.

Alice said: "I've done a fair bit of hard work so it's proof that it does pay off if you put the work in.

"Over the last few years I've done a lot of veterinary work experience, so I know it's definitely what I want to do. I'm so excited!

"I will definitely be going out in Harrogate to celebrate tonight."

Millie Howard (left), from Knaresborough, was awarded an A* and two As in economics, French and history, while Alice MacCormack, from Harrogate achieved three A*s and an A in art, biology, chemistry and mathematics.

Millie Howard (left), from Knaresborough, was awarded an A* and two As in economics, French and history, while Alice MacCormack, from Harrogate achieved three A*s and an A in art, biology, chemistry and mathematics.

There were a string of students who also achieved a clean sweep of three top grades, including Jack Barthorpe, Abbie Davies, Emily Binks, Shona Hendry, Millie Howard, Matt Carnazza, Kym Kestell, Rosalyn Sword, Louise Henry, Georgina Young and Megan Pollard.

Headteacher Carl Sugden said: "There have been so many individual success stories sitting behind these results, this year group have had a strong work ethic and they have pushed themselves to be the best they can be. The strong headline figures put the school firmly in the top 25 per cent of sixth forms nationally but the most important thing today is to see the sense of achievement on the faces of the students."

Student Rachel Morley, 18, from Harrogate, got an A*, a B and a D in art, product design and economics. She said: "I'm have got into to Northumbria University in Newcastle. I will be going out in Harrogate tonight to celebrate."

Ben Tillett, 18, from Knaresborough, achieved a B and two C grades in maths, physics and IT and a C in an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Rachel Morley, 18, from Harrogate, pictured with her friend Lucy Chandler, achieved an A*, B and D in art, product design and economics.

Rachel Morley, 18, from Harrogate, pictured with her friend Lucy Chandler, achieved an A*, B and D in art, product design and economics.

He said: "I have got into Sheffield Hallam to do aerospace engineering. That's what I wanted. I will definitely be going out tonight in Harrogate with everyone else.

"I did a lot of hard work and it's paid off."

Charlie Phillips, 18, from Coneythorpe, got a double distinction star in performing arts and a C in English language.

A pleasantly surprised Charlie said: "I wasn't expecting a C in English - nobody was. I thought they must have got it wrong!"

Ruby Hann, 18, from Kirk Deighton, was awarded two As and a B in textiles, English literature and history and an A* in an EPQ.

Ruby Hann, 18, from Kirk Deighton, was awarded two As and a B in textiles, English literature and history and an A* in an EPQ.

Sam Backhouse, 18, from Knaresborough, was awarded an A* and two A grades in business, economics and history.

He said: "I'm not going to uni as I've already got a job as a trainee accountant, which I start in September. I think they will be happy with my grades.

"I will going out in Harrogate - It's the place to be I've heard!"

Ruby Hann, 18, from Kirk Deighton, achieved an two As and a B in textiles, English literature and history and an A* in an EPQ.

She said: "I will be going to university in Edinburgh, which is really exciting as I've been looking forward to it for so long. I've worked really hard this year but it has paid off.

"I think I will be going out on the town tonight!"

Millie Howard, 18, from Knaresborough got an A* and two A grades in economics, French and history.

She said: "I leave for a university in Philadelphia on Saturday as I have got a track and field scholarship. I already had my place but I'm still so happy I got the results I have got. I'm going for four years and am really going to miss my friends and family but I can't wait.

"I'm going out later in Harrogate it's going to be crazy!"

The school's chair of governors, Dennis James, said: "The benchmark for top exam performance gets tougher every year and the governors of the school are delighted to see that our students are achieving as highly as ever.

"To see so many of our students achieving their university places, after two years of hard work is heart-warming. The governors would like to congratulate the students on their success and thank the teachers for their hard work and making it possible."

See the full list of A level results from across the district here