Among the success stories at Rainhill High on GCSE results day were a string of students who achieved exceptional results.
Daniel Margetts, Oliver Graham and Elizabeth Afflick - all aged 16 - collected a staggering 17 A*s between them.
William Christian also collected nine A*s, Ryan Ellison eight A*s and Alex Atherton and Fay Starkey four A*s apiece.
Daniel, who picked up A*s in English literature, maths, science, biology, chemistry, physics, history, ICT, media and PE, told how he had started revising in January!
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted. When I opened them, I didn’t think they were my results!
“Throughout the summer holidays I’ve been thinking about what results I might get - but I did better than I ever thought I would.
“My A*s in maths and physics are definitely the ones I’m happiest with. I’m going to study A-levels in biology, chemistry, maths and history at Rainhill now.”
Fellow high-flyer Oliver achieved A*s in maths, science, chemistry, physics and ICT, and As in English, biology, history, PE and Spanish.
He said: “It’s so good to see that everything I’ve been working towards for the last 12 months has come good. I was up till all hours revising at some points.
“I’d like to go into a career in physics in the future so I’m going to do A-levels in maths, further maths, chemistry, physics and history.”
Elizabeth was delighted to pick up A*s in ICT and PE and As in English, maths, science, biology, chemistry, physics, art, geography and German.
She said: “I’m made up. I wasn’t expecting such good results. I was obviously hoping I’d done well but was concerned about a couple of them.
“I’ve always wanted to be a veterinary surgeon so I’m going to study A-levels in biology, chemistry, geography and maths.”
Rainhill High headteacher John Pout hailed the students who achieved exceptional results but admitted that there was still room for improvement in the overall picture.
He said: “The results are okay - but we always want them to be better. The history department has done really well though and the visual and performing arts results were exceptional.
“Rainhill High offers small class sizes and a very personalised approach and it’s always pleasing to see our particularly high achievers stay on in the sixth form.
“The teaching here is good and the parental support is always fantastic.”