STUDENTS at Barnsley College are celebrating after achieving 100 per cent pass rates in 17 subjects.

The college's overall A Level pass rate was 98 per cent, with every student sitting 17 subjects including Accounting, Art, Computing, English, IT, Geography, Law, Music Technology and Sociology passing.

Gemma Ainsworth, a former student of Wombwell High, achieved an A* in Mathematics, A grades in Accounting and English Language and Literature and a B in Further Mathematics.

Gemma has secured a place studying Mathematics at Lancaster University.

Former pupil of Penistone Grammar Kerrie Jo Puddephatt also excelled – achieving an A* in Law and A grades in English Language and English Literature, which has secured her place at Newcastle University studying Law.

Laura Ward, former pupil of Willowgarth, achieved three A grades in Health and Social Care, Psychology and Sociology.

Luke Wassell, who also attended Willowgarth, will be studying Occupational Therapy at the University of Huddersfield after achieving an A in Health and Social Care, and B grades in Biology and Psychology.

Previous students of Kingstone School were also celebrating including Fiona Hartley who achieved an A* in Biology, an A in Chemistry and an A in Psychology and has a place to study Biology at the University of Leeds. Megan Coupland achieved A grades in English Language and English Literature and a C in History and is now well prepared for studying English Language at university. Daniel Etherington achieved his grades to study Primary Education and follow his dream of becoming a teacher. Aiden Birks, former pupil of Kirk Balk, will be going to work at Rolls Royce and they will be funding his Higher Level Apprenticeship at university after his success in Law, Economics, Mathematics and Physics.

There has been a year on year increase in the number of young people undertaking post-16 courses in Barnsley.

Coun Margaret Bruff, council spokesman, said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to the young people who have worked so hard to achieve positive results. I wish them every success in their next endeavours.”