There were tears of joy at Forge Valley School in Stannington this morning as pupils collected their A Level results.
Headteacher Dale Barrowclough was joined by his staff to welcome pupils who began to arrive for their results at 7am.
They were on hand to congratulate students and help those who had failed to get the grades they had expected.
Hannah Nash, aged 18, from Stannington burst into tears after discovering she had got a place at the University of Sheffield.
She achieved two A grades in English language and English literature and a B grade in psychology guaranteeing her a place to study education, culture and child care.
Hannah, who was one of the first pupils to collect her results, said: “I’ve done better than expected. I was aiming for an A grade and two B grades.
“I can’t believe it - I can go to the University of Sheffield.”
Hollie Barton, from Hillsborough, could not believe her eyes when she opened her envelope to discover she had achieved an A grade in sociology.
Along with a B grade in physical education, the 18-year-old has gained a place at Leeds Metropolitan University to study for a degree in PE.
“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe I got an A,” said a tearful Hollie.
“The night before last I got to sleep at 4am because I was so nervous. Then I was working yesterday until 8pm, and watched television to try and take my mind of it. But it didn’t work.
“I’m so happy. I can’t wait to tell my parents.”
Emma Green, also from Hillsborough, already knew she had got a place at her first choice university when she arrived to collect her results.
She was all smiles as she walked through the door after finding out she could go to Sheffield Hallam University to study adult nursing.
She achieved an A and B grade in health and social care and a B grade in biology.
Emma, aged 18, said: “I didn’t sleep at all last night. I was checking the UCAS website every hour.
“At about 7.30am my results came on, but I covered my phone because I didn’t want to see.
“All my family were in tears this morning when I told them.”
Mr Barrowclough, who took over at the school after the Easter break, said the results were the school’s ‘best ever.’
He added: “We have had a 4.1 per cent increase in the number of pupils getting A* to B grades, from 26 per cent to 30.3 per cent.
“The progress made by the pupils in A2 and AS has increased significantly and it’s down to the dedication and hard work of both staff and pupils.
“Thanks must go to staff, pupils and the parents that support them.”