Students across the borough have collected their A-level results, marking another year of hard work and academic achievement.
Between them, St Helens secondary schools and Carmel College saw 47.5 per cent of A level entries graded at A*-B, compared to 52.8 per cent nationally.
Overall, 98.6 per cent of entries in St Helens were graded at A*-E, higher than the national average of 98.1 per cent.
Results at Rainford High this year showed a 10.1 percent improvement on last year, with 44.9 per cent of students achieving A* - B grades in their A level results.
St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Andy Bowden, said: “These results demonstrate that St Helens schools and colleges are providing a good quality of education and, more importantly, that students are supported to achieve their very best.
“Exam results do not define our young people, but they are important as they look to make their way in life. That’s why the hard work and commitment demonstrated by these young people cannot be underestimated and today is a celebration of their achievements.
“Well done to all and the very best of luck during their next steps in education, employment or training.
“For those who didn’t get what they were looking for, this is not the end of the road and there are still plenty of opportunities open to you.”