COVID-19 could not hold back another year of success at Holy Cross College as students celebrated top results.

Overall the college secured a 98 per cent pass rate for A Levels and 99 per cent pass rate for Level 3 BTECs.

Some 17 A Level subjects enjoyed a 100 per cent pass rate and seven out of eight BTEC programmes achieved the same perfect marks.

Meanwhile Holy Cross's University Centre saw 86 per cent of students gain a first class or upper second (2:1) degree overall.

Dr Daveth Frost, retiring principal of Holy Cross College, said: “Although this has been a very strange year, with many unexpected challenges for our students, I am delighted once again to see so many achieving so highly, including gaining straight A*/A grades.

"These already good numbers are likely to rise significantly in the next few weeks, as the Government has announced some last minute changes in the process which could potentially affect hundreds of our students, as it has in Scotland.

"We will be supporting all of these to gain the results they deserve, and the exceptional university and career placements they have worked so hard for."

Among the college's top achievers, five students achieved at least four A*/A grades at A Level, and a further 55 students achieved at least three.

Seven BTEC students achieved three Distinction Star grades, and a further 29 students achieved three Distinction grades.

At least six Holy Cross students have secured places at the Universities of Oxford or Cambridge, and many more are heading off to top institutions around the country.

Moreover, the college expects this number will rise over the coming days as appeals are processed.

Dr Frost said: "League tables aren’t everything, but we were once again pleased to see how highly we featured in the North West and nationally in the Government’s college tables released earlier in the year.

"Once again, our students will be celebrating success at Oxbridge, Russell Group and other competitive and excellent local universities ­— including Medical and Law departments.

"Once again there are exceptional achievements in a wide range of sciences, social sciences, humanities and creative subjects.

"But because of our distinctive and supportive ethos, inherited from the Daughters of the Cross and maintained by our Diocese, we are equally and fully proud of students who have worked hard to achieve success at any level."