This morning Leighton Buzzard teenagers woke to find out if they had achieved the A-level grades needed for university, an apprenticeship or employment.
And as the news finally sunk in, students from Cedars Upper School and Vandyke Upper School gave their verdict on how they felt they did.
Alex Wells, of Cedars, was over the moon to discover he had got two A*s and an A, enabling him to study Medicine at King’s university in London.
Alex said: “I am ecstatic. I literally can’t believe it. I have always wanted to study medicine since I was a child, so I am really excited for what the future holds.”
Sophie Cleak of Vandyke achieved three Bs to allow her to sail into Chichester University to study dance.
Sophie said: “I am really excited because I had my heart set on going to Chichester and spent years working hard to be able to get there.
“I tried to ignore the build up to today but as it was getting closer I was starting to get nervous. I knew I had done my best in my exams, so I knew that’s all I could have done.”
Headteacher of Cedars Upper School, Steven Palmer said: “We are delighted with the A Level results obtained by our students and it has been wonderful to see so many smiling faces and to hear about successful university applications.
“The A Level pass rate has risen to 99.5% and there has been a really big jump in the % of exams leading to the highest grades. Over 50% of all entries resulted in an A*, A or B grade and many students have exceeded their target grades.
“We are really proud of their achievements and wish them all an exciting next chapter in their life, be it at university, in an apprenticeship, the world of work, or volunteering , both domestically or abroad.
“I’d like to thank all of the staff at Cedars who have worked so hard over the past 5 years with these students, and also to thank their parents and carers who have given so much positive support.”
Headteacher Tim Carroll said, “A Levels are very demanding and students deserve every credit for their achievements. Among the results this year are some excellent performances.
“I am delighted that so many students have achieved so well. This is an exciting time for them and they deserve our congratulations and best wishes.
“Collectively results were especially pleasing this year in English, Applied Science and Law. Overall students have scored a 99% pass-rate at A Level. These results continue a very successful record in the Sixth Form.
“Many students are going on to a wide range of universities and courses, ranging from Law at Exeter to Chemistry at York and Linguistics at Newcastle. “Interestingly this year more students than usual are choosing not to go to university but are moving on to advanced apprenticeships or employment.
“I think this reflects the economic climate and perceived costs of higher education. Outstanding footballer Tom Gowans achieved his A Levels but has taken up a professional contract with Gillingham FC.
“We wish Tom and all of our students who are now leaving school well for the future.”