AFTER two years of hard work, students across Basingstoke and Andover have finally opened their results.

Students across the North of the county have today, August 10, been given grades determined by teachers, rather than exams, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught during the pandemic.

This year the proportion of A-level entries awarded an A grade or higher has risen to an all-time high.

In total, more than two in five (44.8 per cent) of UK entries were awarded an A or A* grade this summer, up by 6.3 percentage points on last year when 38.5 percent achieved the top grades.

Ucas has also said a record number of students have secured a place on their first-choice university course following the bumper year for results.