STUDENTS in Kirklees have been praised for their hard work and commitment.

Early indications from colleges and schools show that A-level results are the best ever this year, with students achieving more top grades than ever before.

Cllr Jim Dodds, Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This is excellent news for young people and their families in Kirklees and reflects the hard work and commitment of both students and teachers.

“This exemplary achievement will equip young people in Kirklees to go on to further and higher education study at university, which in turn will fit them for good jobs and a life full of opportunities.

“I would like to congratulate all these successful students and wish them every success.’’

Meanwhile, new research from education foundation Edge suggests that many students who go through the clearing process to gain a university place regret their decision.

An online survey of 1,003 first and second-year students found one in three rushed their university selection and almost a sixth were unhappy with their choice of course.