Students from across the district collected their A-Level results with many left feeling delighted and relieved with their grades.

Several sixth form pupils from Roding Valley High School, West Hatch High School and Davenant Foundation School have secured places at top universities across the country.

Students who opted to do higher level apprenticeships also achieved outstanding grades and placements with their first-choice companies.

Roding Valley High School headteacher Sharon Jenner said: “We are absolutely delighted with all of the students.

“I would like to thank all the teachers and the parents for supporting the students through this time.

"It is wonderful for us to see our students mature into the adults that they are and go off to achieve their dreams.

"I am proud that we have supported all our students to achieve their potential.

"We look forward to taking on our fifth cohort to our established, growing sixth form and to continue to build on the success of all our students.”

The Loughton school’s top performing student Igor Dasuzhau achieved two A*s and three A’s in Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Physics and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Fellow student Sophie Ellicock-Williams achieved B, B, C in Media, Business and Geography and will be starting a higher level apprenticeship with investment management company Schroders.

She said: "I'm pleased with the results. It was a lot of hard work, after school and coming in early and it was stressful but it's worth it because now it's done."

Chigwell-based West Hatch High School managed to obtain their high reputation with over half of all grades A*-B.

Headteacher Daniel Leonard said: "We are very proud of our students' achievements and delighted that they have provided themselves with sound foundations for their futures.

"Having achieved positive results across the board there were some stand out individual and subject successes."

Students at Davenant Foundation School, Loughton, also achieved 53 per cent of all grades between A*-B and an increase in A* grades.

Francesca Caradine and Phoebe Dodds both achieved three A8s and are off to study Bio Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Veterinary Science at Bristol University respectively.

Head Teacher Adam Thorne said: "The school and their parents are very proud of the students and their exceptional results.

"Students have worked hard this year with our experienced teachers and the results are a reflection of that partnership.

"The most important thing is that the students have managed to get to where they want to go, whether that is work, apprenticeships or university courses.

"We wish them all the best with their next stage of education.”