Teachers at a Birmingham secondary school which has been stripped of its specialist school status by the Government have celebrated improved A level results.
Michelle Savage, assistant principal of Cockshut Hill Technology College in Yardley, said results had got better over the last three years, with this year's pass rate standing at 91 per cent.
However, it will be the GCSE results next week which will have a big impact on whether the school can retrieve its specialist technology status, which brings in thousands of pounds in extra funding.
The school is appealing against the decision to strip it of its specialist status following a critical Ofsted report.
Ministers decided to act after the school fell into special measures despite benefiting from an annual cash boost of around £100,000 that goes with the status.
It is one of only 44 schools nationally out of 2,174 to have been deselected since the specialist school programme begun in 1994.
Among those celebrating at the college yesterday was 18-year-old Chris Jennings, who gained three A grades in maths, biology and chemistry. He is off to Nottingham University to study biology.
"I was quite surprised, I really thought I had done badly. It was quite hard work but the teachers in the sixth form are really good," he said.
Emma Wall, aged 17, who picked up an A and three Bs at AS level biology, chemistry, maths and physics dismissed suggestions A levels were getting easier, and insisted competition was the driving force behind good results.
She added: "It is not that they are getting easier, it is just that there are more people going to university and they are trying hard to get the A levels they need to get in. People want to work hard so they can get to university."