STUDENTS at St Benedict’s independent school in Ealing are celebrating excellent A-level results.

Nine of them achieved straight A* grades in at least three subjects, including Eleanor Bowden, Thomas Gordon and Alice Jenkins, all of whom are taking up places at Cambridge University.

A further 11 students achieved straight A*/A in at least three subjects. The majority of candidates will now be heading off to a top 30 UK university.

Headmaster Andrew Johnson, who is retiring, said: “These results continue the strong upward trend in public exam results at St Benedict’s.

“The proportion of A* grades (16.3%), and the proportion of A*-B grades (77%) are the best ever achieved in a year when the full A-level grading standards have been applied.”

Results were strong across all subjects, and were particularly impressive this year in Art & Design (83.3% A*-A), Chemistry (50% A*-A), Geography (48.3% A*-A) and History (47.6% A*-A).

Mr Johnson will be succeeded by Joe Smith, currently headmaster of the Oratory School near Reading.