Teachers at an independent girls school in Birmingham celebrated their A level successes yesterday but criticised the number of exams their pupils had to face to get a place at university.
The Priory School's nine Alevel students achieved grades to study at universities in Liverpool, Aston, Derby, Staffordshire and Birmingham and Anglia Polytechnic.
Staff at the school were particularly pleased with the geography result - an A grade - and the four C and D grades in media studies.
But they complained that girls had no rest from national exams from the start of their GCSE courses at 16.
Elaine Brook, Priory's headteacher, said: "We are delighted with our results. Some girls may not have been accepted to take A levels elsewhere because they may not have had sufficient GCSEs.
"We have done what we hoped to do and our girls will be going to universities which are right for them."
Her head of sixth form, Catherine Jawaheer, criticised the current system for cramming too many exams into the academic years between GCSEs and A levels.
She said: "There are too many exams. There is no build-up to each exam because students are so used to sitting them. They are every few weeks which makes them seem more like tests than exams and consequently pupils are much less focused on the exams."
Mrs Jawaheer, who is also director of studies, believes the diploma, which is likely to replace A levels within the next decade, would be an improvement for the less academic pupils.
She said: "For those who are less academic and want more vocational subjects, a diploma would be excellent. Maths, science and history are not what everybody wants to take. The French system of a diploma is more well-rounded.
"However, the diploma should not replace A levels just for the sake of change."
But one of the Priory's A-level pupils, Victoria Lawton, saw nothing wrong with the present system.
Victoria, aged 18 from Sutton Coldfield, yesterday achieved an A and two Cs in geography, English and French and a place to study English at Liverpool.
She said: "I think the range of subjects has increased and is increasing. People can take subjects they are good at and interested in. That is probably why the results are better each year too.
"You can also re-take and improve your goals. It is a very stressful time though. The workload and time management involved is difficult to handle. But it was worth it."