Cumbria's A-Level results are on course to improve on last year's, early indications have revealed.
This is based on data from approximately a third of the county's secondary schools.
However it must be stressed these are unvalidated results and may well be subject to change.
Of the nine local authority maintained schools and academies whose results have so far been collated, eight have seen an improvement on last year's results.
Cllr Duncan Fairbairn, Cumbria County Council's cabinet member for schools and learning, said: "While not all the results have yet been verified, these appear to be excellent results and are testament to the dedication and hard work of our students and teachers across the county.
"To improve yet again year on year is a fantastic achievement and my congratulations go to all involved.
"As the local authority we will continue to strive to help improve educational standards for every pupil in the county."
Julia Morrison, Cumbria County Council's corporate director for children's services, added: "The results seem to suggest that Cumbria is on course for another set of great results.
"We are hoping those who want to progress onto higher education will have done enough and that students have achieved the results they were hoping for.
"With regard to attempting to secure university places we would urge young people to consider the range of options available to them and to talk to their school for advice if grades are not what they had expected."
A further update will be issued when more results are available.
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