A HIGH school sixth form is celebrating after a Government league table found A-levels pupils tasted success last year.

St Mary's Catholic High School Sixth Form in Astley achieved the best AAB results in the borough, according to the figures.

AAB subjects are A-levels commonly needed for entry to leading universities, and 18.6 per cent of St Mary's pupils achieved AAB scores in at least two subjects.

This was higher than the national average (16.5 per cent) and much higher than the borough average (11.5 per cent).

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Head teacher Andrew Dawson added: “The results that the students have achieved are outstanding and say so much about our young people.”

The Manchester Road college and Wigan and Leigh College were both ranked as "average" in their progress scores.

The score measures the progress young people made from finishing their GCSEs to the end of their A-level studies, compared to similar students across England.

St Mary's average A-level grade was C+ and Wigan and Leigh College's average was C. The national average was C.

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