Thousands of students across Lincolnshire celebrate A-level results day
There were tears of joy in schools and colleges across Lincolnshire today as thousands of teenagers eagerly collected their A level results.
A complete picture of how this year's results for the county compare to previous years will be made clearer later in the day.
But after a first look, sixth form teachers are marking this year's results as some of the best yet and are feeling optimistic about their student's futures.
At Lincoln Christ's Hospital School, in Wragby Road, young students were clearly delighted with another year of exceptional results.
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Seventeen students at the school's sixth form achieved three As or two As and one B, while a massive 55 per cent achieved at least two A to C grades.
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And out of everyone collecting their A level results, 97 from the school have university applications going through, including Alice Nutting, who has been accepted into Oxford University to study English.
The 18-year-old, from Wragby Road, was overjoyed with her A-grade in French and two A*s in English Language and History.
"I'm feeling absolutely elated," she said.
"I've been worrying about this day for so long and now it's time to look forward to studying in October.
"I'll be going out for a meal and going out with my friends to celebrate but it can't last too long because I'll have to make a start on my reading list for Oxford."
Brother and sister George and Bethany Addlesee made their parents particularly proud today scoring highlight in both A levels and AS levels respectively.
Bethany received three As and one B in her AS levels and will now carry on at Lincoln Christ's Hospital School to finish her A-levels.
Meanwhile, George received a massive six A-levels - two A grades, two B grades and two C grades - and is preparing to study History at the University of Nottingham.
"I rang my mum straight away and there were tears of happiness and joy," said Bethany, 17 from St Giles.
"When I opened my envelope it was mainly relief because I was panicking before. The last year has been really hard work but today has made it completely worth it."
Her brother George, 18, added: "I took on six A levels because I thought I would be able to manage it if I organised my time. I'm ecstatic with my results though and was quite surprised.
"All the hard work and revision has now paid off."
Mark Edgar, head of sixth form at the school, said: "We're really pleased because its been an improvement on last year and we've had some excellent results across the board.
"Everyone has done really well and there are very few students that didn't succeed.
"The dedication of the staff and hard work of the students has really paid off."
Assistant headteacher Glen Thompson added: "We're delighted with the progress all of our students have made and the results they have achieved."
It was also an exciting day for Lincoln College, with students swapping results excitedly outside the Deans: Sport and Leisure building.
The students helped the college get a three per cent increase on achievement compared to last year, which included an increase in A* and A grades.
A massive 1,009 students also achieved at least a B to E grade.
One student, Rachel Jackson, was clearly brimming with excitement after achieving a D in English literature, a B in religious studies and an A grade in sociology - a result she achieved by scoring 96 per cent on her last exam.
"I feel amazing and didn't think I'd do this well," said Rachel, 18 from Branston.
"I'm not going to go on to Coventry University to study sociology.
"It's been a lot of hard work compared to GCSEs. It's like they were a walk in the park whereas A-levels were like repeatedly kicking yourself in the head, but it was all worth it. I worked hard and it's paid off now."
Meanwhile, Hannah Twyford, 18 from Lincoln, was over the moon with her A grade in maths and two Bs in biology and chemistry.
"I'm so happy and still in shock," she said.
"I didn't expect to do this well but now I can go to the University of Hertfordshire to study physiotherapy.
"It's taken a lot of revision and hard work but I'm so excited now and everyone is really happy for me."
Gordon Gillespire, the college's vice principal of curriculum, planning and quality, said: "It's absolutely fabulous how well our students have done.
"Our staff have worked hard to keep them motivated in terms of their dreams and aspirations, but really it's all about the students and what they have achieved and their parents and carers supporting them."
Meanwhile, St Peter and St Paul School Catholic High School, in Western Avenue, Lincoln, is celebrating another successful year of results.
Anthea Jepson, acting headteacher of the school, said: "We're celebrating another successful year of A-level results. Once again our students demonstrate that hard work and effort pays.
"We congratulate them together with their parents and wish them every success for the future.
"Some of our success stories include the outsanding achievement of Chammie Ho, who gained four A* grades in A2 mathematics, chemistry and physics, and who will now read natural sciences at Cambridge University.
"Many other students achieved the higher grades needed to take up their first places in a range of subjects such as pharmacy at Manchester, social policy at Lincoln and sport at Leeds."
Over at Gainsborough Queen Elizabeth's High School, a record 21 out of 131 students are going on to either Oxbridge or to study medicine.
Reviewing the school's A level results, headteacher David Allsop revealed that 14 per cent of grades were the highest A* in a 100 per cent pass rate.
Nine out of ten were grade CF or above for the second year running and just under 60 of the school's GCSE year 11 cohort passed at least one AS level a year early.
"Each year, the pressure in students to gain the grades required to access the best university courses increase," said Mr Allsop, who is a Queen Elizabeth's High school "old boy".
"However, each year our hard-working staff and students meet this challenge fully. We are thrilled that all but a handful of students have gained a place at their chosen universities."
At Caistor Grammar School there was an atmosphere of elation as headmaster Roger Hale described the A level results.
He said: "They are among the best ever in the school's distinguished history."
Highlights include the average point score per candidate of 34.1 and an average point score per entry of 7.6.
Another extraordinary total was the percentage of grades A* to B excluding general studies, which is at an impressive 74.4 per cent.
Every student gained at least three passes. Two-thirds of students got at least one A grade. A third got three As or better and nine students gained all As or A*s.
Over at Market Rasen De Aston School, there was a pass rate above 99 per cent, including 11 A* returns and 24 As.
Trutz Johanny, Joan Lei and head boy Thomas Manson all secured two A*s each.
Headteacher Ellenor Beighton said: "As we recognise the high grades achieved by individuals, we also recognise the exceptional personal progress made by other students as their results are a credit to the work they put in.
"De Aston students will now go on to study and train in a range of areas from medicinal chemistry to criminology. We will follow their achievements closely."