Results day is an essential rite of passage at Sheffield’s Tapton School - where hugs, tears, celebrations and congratulations marked 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.
For some 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.
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 when I woke up, because I knew then it was just a dream,” the Upperthorpe youngster said.
Abdirizak will be the first member of his family to go to university, with a place secured at Sheffield to study medicine.
Beth Kitchen, 18, has an unconditional offer of a place at the 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.