TOP grades and smiling faces were the order of the day as students arrived to pick up their A-level results at King Edward VII school in Broomhill, Sheffield, where teachers were celebrating their best-ever set of results.
Chief among the super-achievers was 18-year-old Sid Sherborne, who passed four subjects at A*, as well as gaining an A in history.
Sid, from Walkley, scored his A*s in maths, further maths, chemistry and physics, and admitted finding the required revision ‘very hard work’.
“There’s not really any secret to it, you start working in Easter and just keep going. As long as you’re doing it every day you should be OK,” he said.
Sid said he was heading for Warwick University - his second choice after Oxford - and keeping his options open by studying a combined course in politics, philosophy and economics.
“I haven’t decided what I’ll do in the future, I know I’m not very keen on the idea of working for anyone else,” added Sid, a keen chess enthusiast.
Meanwhile, pals Tessa Godley and Tahira Khan were looking forward to studying economics at Cambridge after achieving high A-level results.
Tessa, 18, from Ranmoor, gained A*s in maths, further maths and chemistry, as well as an A in economics, and had been offered a place at Cambridge’s Emmanuel College.
“I’m really happy,” she said. “I think I’d like to do something in finance, maybe in the City of London. Economics is quite good because it leaves things open, I don’t have to make a lot of decisions now.”
Tessa - who was named the hardest-working student in her sixth-form yearbook - said she spent the summer relaxing after the stressful exam period.
She said: “I went on holiday with my friends to Tenerife, it’s been nice to do nothing all day.”
Tahira, also 18 and from Pitsmoor, gained A*s in maths and further maths and A grades in economics and physics. She had been offered a place at Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge.
“I’m so pleased, originally me and Tessa applied to the same college, but we quickly changed it because we thought it was unlikely we’d both get in,” she said.
“It’s going to be great to go somewhere like Cambridge.”
Rachel Hurst, 18, from Grenoside, said long hours spent in the King Edward library had paid off with A* results in maths, further maths and physics. She will be studying for a maths degree at Birmingham University.
“It was hard work but it’s been worth it in the end,” she said.