Tears of joy and sadness were shed across the region this week as teenagers received their A-level results.
The nail-biting summer came to an end for many yesterday as they received the coveted envelopes to find out if their exam grades could make or break their career choices.
And it was largely tears of joy that were felt in Hucknall, as all 44 students at Holgate Academy got into either their first or second choice of university.
Neil Holmes, headteacher, said: “They are a good set of results, everybody got the grades they wanted.
“Pupils can now find out from 6am online, so the pressure and tension was off them when they got here.
“The results are a tribute to the hard work pupils have done and to the support from staff and parents.”
Louise Elliott, assistant head of post 16 at the Hillcrest Drive school, said: “Results day is always a nerve-wracking time, for both students and their teachers.
“It not only marks the end of two years’ worth of hard work, but, for many, is also the day that they find out whether or not they have been accepted onto their chosen university course.
“This year was no exception, and staff were proud to share this momentous occasion with the students and to congratulate them on their success.
“We wish all of our students luck as they begin their journey through the next stage of their lives.”
Among the top-achieving students was Joanna Morley, who gained an A* in maths, an A in further maths and a B in physics. She will be heading to York University to study maths.
Joining her on the same course will be Emily Walker, who received an A* in maths, a B in further maths and a B in physics.
Another high-flyer was Harriet Bird, who landed an A in maths, a B in physics and a C in chemistry. She will be reading maths and physics in Liverpool.
Elle Brooks, from Hucknall, will be studying criminology at Nottingham Trent University after picking up an A* in ICT, a C in psychology, a D in English language and a B in extended project qualification.
She said: “I’m just really happy that I got into university, that’s what I was aiming for.
“The exams were very stressful, but I put a lot of effort in and it paid off in the end.
“I’m now really looking forward to going to university.”
Kate Turner, chairman of governors at the school, said: “It is good to see so many students doing well at the Holgate Post 16 Centre, equally as pleasing to see is that all the students that have applied to university have secured their placement.
“Well done to all of our students and I wish them all the luck for the future.”
At Hucknall’s National Church of England Academy, there were more tears of triumph.
Kelly Wall, head of sixth-form, said: “It’s been a fabulous year. Ofsted recognised that our sixth form provision is good and today’s results underline the many positive things they have said.
“It’s great to see the students receive the results their hard work deserves.
“They’re clearly overjoyed that they’re now set to make the next move to good universities or great employment opportunities”.
Top students included Matthew Buxton who achieved an A* and two As and Jordan Saxton who landed an A*, A and a B, while Adam Paulson landed his dream place at Oxford with an A*, A and a B.
Simon Jones, headteacher, said: “I am delighted with the outstanding results and yet I am not surprised.
“We enjoy an atmosphere in which students constantly strive for their best and they are inspired by excellent teaching.
“We are always forward looking and we will take every opportunity to make things even better for students, but today is definitely a day for celebrating.”