Liverpool's A-level students have achieved record results and exceeded the national pass rate for the first time ever.
Figures show 98% of students achieved A* – E grades in their exams, higher than the reported national average of 97.8%.
The council said the figure is an increase of 1.4% on last year's figure of 96.6% and means standards in Liverpool are rising at seven times the rate of the rest of the country.
The results were achieved by the same group of pupils who led the city to exceed the national average for five GCSEs at grades A* – C for the first time in 2009.
More than seven in 10 students have achieved A* – C grades in the city, up 4.3% on last year, while 22% of pupils are getting A* or A grades, up more than 3% compared to 2010.
The figures show that four schools, Archbishop Beck, Archbishop Blanch, The Bluecoat and Notre Dame, achieved a 100% pass rate.
At St Francis Xavier's College in Woolton, 53% of all grades were at A*, A and B, up from 41.5% last year; and 27.9% of all grades were at A* or A, up from 16% last year.
Cllr Jane Corbett, cabinet member for education, said: "This is a landmark day for education in Liverpool and shows our young people really are the stars of the future.
"They have truly worked their socks off with help from teachers, parents and carers to achieve such great grades, and their success is richly deserved.
"No matter what the naysayers claim, there is no doubt that A-levels are an extremely difficult and thorough test for young people.
"Anyone who has got children studying for the exams knows the hundreds of hours of hard graft that goes in to getting the grades required to get into university, particularly at a time when competition for places is harder than ever.
"We are working hard with our schools to make sure that every single young person achieves their full potential and goes on to forge a successful career and lead a successful and fulfilling life."
The council added that education chiefs say next year's results look set to be at least as good. Results for year 12 pupils who have got their AS results show an increase of 3.3% in the number of pupils getting grade A* – C, and a 5.1% rise in those getting A* – C grades.
In Cheshire West, provisional figures revealed that a total of 931 pupils from ten secondary schools throughout the borough recorded an average pass rate of 98.3% in their A-Levels, an increase of 1.9% on last year and above the national average.
Elsewhere, A-Level students in Knowsley achieved improved results in the borough with provisional results showing 60.1% of entries achieving A*-C grades, which is an increase of 6.6% compared to 53.5% reported in 2010. The figures also showed 95.4% of entries achieved A*-E grades, which is an increase of 1% on last year.
In Warrington, figures showed that 71.4% of students from Warrington passed with grades A*-C, an increase from last year's result of 69.9%.
There were 380 more A-level entries in Warrington this year compared to last year, with 93 students achieving the very highest pass at A* compared to 79 reported in 2010.
Figures showed 43.8% achieved A*-B in the borough compared to 31.6% last year and 98.5% passed at grade E or above, the same as last year.