Relief and delight were clear on the faces of Sheffield teenagers as they picked up their GCSE results.
Many schools reported improvements and some posted record-breaking results as pupils collected their grades yesterday morning.
There were identical smiles at Outwood Academy where four sets of twins picked up their results. Jake and Ciaran Rooney, both 16, from Stradbroke, were both thrilled to see plenty of A*s.
Jake, who started sitting exams in year nine, said: “I’m very happy because I spent quite a lot of time working hard and it paid off.
“I couldn’t have done it without the teachers, they were really helpful.”
The twins will both go on to sixth form at All Saints Catholic High School.
A total of 67 per cent of Outwood pupils achieved A* to C including English and maths, in line with last year and a big improvement on 40 per cent in 2013.
Beth Awbas got 15 A* and A grades. The 16-year-old from Intake said: “It’s what I was predicted but definitely not what I expected, so it’s been a happy morning.
“My time at the school has been amazing, especially since it became Outwood. I definitely wouldn’t have got my results without them.”
At Silverdale School more than 80 per cent of pupils achieved five A* to C grades including England and maths, a result the school called ‘record-breaking’ and a five per cent increase on last year.
Lydia Housley got seven A*s and four As. She said: “I felt nervous coming into school but kind of relaxed. I feel relieved now and glad all my hard work has paid off. I am going to call my family, go out for a meal, then relax and chill out before I go into the sixth form.”
Staff at King Edward VII School, Broomhill, said they were ‘delighted’ with the performance of their pupils after 62 per cent achieved five GCSEs at A*-C.
A quarter of all King Edward’s pupils achieved A* or A – and 10 per cent achieved the prestigious A*.
King Edward pupil Tom Beauchamp, 16, of Walkley, said he was ‘really proud’ after getting six A* grades.
He said: “The results have been good, I’m really proud of what I have achieved. It’s taken a lot of work over many years and I’m pleased that it has paid off.”
Caitlin O’Toole, 16, of Fulwood said: “I’m shocked at my results, but in a good way. Things have worked out well, so I’m happy.”
Abu Al Assan, 16, of Arbourthorne, said his results have earned him a place on a physics bursary course at Birkdale School, Ecclesall.
He said: “I am really happy and proud after getting a good set of results. My results mean I’m on the physics bursary course at Birkdale, which is an amazing opportunity for me to do what I’m passionate about – and be funded for it.”
Beverley Jackson, headteacher at King Edward VII School, said: “We are delighted that again our students have fulfilled their potential at all levels.
“Our students and their teachers deserve our praise and congratulations. The unstinting support of parents is also a very precious asset which has helped yield a good set of results.
“This is further confirmation of our ‘good’ judgement from Ofsted.”
Staff and pupils at Parkwood Academy, Shirecliffe, are celebrating another year of exceptional GCSE results with 45 per cent of students achieving A*-C grades in English and Maths, an increase of nearly 10 per cent from 2015.
Bushra Bi, 16, of Shirecliffe, said: “I am very happy. I got amazing results which were a lot better than expected.
“I want to say a thank you to all the teachers that have helped me achieve these results.”
Israel Lungela, 16, of Longley, said: “It’s been a lot of hard work for the last few years to get these results and I am very pleased.
Principal Rachel Smith said: “I’m over the moon that the hard work of our students and staff has paid off - I’m so proud and pleased for them.”
Yewlands Academy, Parson Cross, is celebrating its best ever results with 53 per cent of students achieving five A*-C including English and Maths – a 13 per cent increase on last year.
There was a record number of top grades at Westfield School, Sothall, including eight students who achieved straight A and A*grades.