Results day is an essential rite of passage at Sheffield’s Tapton School - where hugs, tears, celebrations and congratulations mark the end of seven years of hard work.
Youngsters at the Crosspool secondary collected the vital slips of paper containing their final A-level grades, most a gateway to a bright and exciting future.
Some had an idea they’d done well by checking the status of their university place online - but for others the results came as a complete surprise.
“I was too scared to go online, I wanted it to be a complete shock,” said 18-year-old Ifra Shahid, who is going to study law and criminology at Sheffield University.
“When I saw I’d got an A*, A and a B, I was worried it wasn’t my paper, that there’d been a mistake,” said the Firth Park teenager.
“It’s such a relief - last night I didn’t sleep at all.”
Abdirizak Mohamed said he’d taken sleeping pills the night before to get some rest, and had a vivid dream he’d failed.
“I felt great just when I woke up, because I knew then it was just a dream,” the Upperthorpe youngster said.
In fact it’s a dream come true that Abdirizak will be the first member of his family to go to university, with a place secured at Sheffield to study medicine with the help of the university’s successful outreach programme.
“I got my mum out of bed to tell her, she was so excited. My dad’s out of the country so I don’t know when he’ll find out. Just now I’m just so shocked, but very happy too,” he added.
Beth Kitchen, 18, said she had no idea what her results would be before coming into school, because she already had an unconditional offer of a place at the prestigious Glasgow School of Art.
“I’ve got four A*s - it’s such a surprise, I wasn’t expecting it and I’m so happy,” she said.
“It’s just a total shock. I’ll be taking a painting and printmaking course, and any career connected with art would be wonderful for me,” said the Crookes teenager.
“I only managed two hours sleep last night but I’ll be out partying tonight, I need to let off some steam,” Beth added
Ben Grant and Imogen Castles are both off to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, after enjoying a residential visit there.
Ben from Lodge Moor, who will be studying maths, passed three A*s and an A, while Imogen from Broomhill scored A*, A and B and admitted putting in a lot of late nights.
Imogen said: “Cambridge is really beautiful - when I saw it had a three storey book shop I knew it was the place for me.”
Headteacher David Bowes said the annual ritual was usually full of joy but was tinged with sadness too.
“It also marks the end of the students’ school careers after seven years here, and some might not see each other again,” he added.