Headteacher Ciran Stapleton at St Joseph’s Catholic High School in Shaggy Calf Lane,Slough is particularly proud of the fact that a third of eligible students had already secured places at university with unconditional offers well before the question of exams came up.

The school has seen a 17 per cent pass rate with A* and A level grades and a 99 per cent pass rate between A and E.

He said: “St. Joseph’s students will be studying medicine, law, bio-chemistry, architecture, English literature, computer science, economics, finance, business management, primary school teaching, politics, sociology and game development to name but a few.”

Amrita Judge has an A* and three A grades and will study law at University of Bristol; Airon Leavy has an A* and two A grade passes – and is heading for Cambridge University or University of Southampton to study medicine.

Also headed for Bristol to study law is Natalie Sandhu who earned one A* and two A grade A level passes.

But pupils are proving varied in their choices for the future.

Eleni Psyllides will study psychology at Royal Holloway College, while Robyn Esteban is ready for her apprenticeship with BA.

Rupert Acousta is planning to study computer science after getting three grade Bs and Aaron Leavy medicine with his three As.