A summer of nervous waiting came to end for pupils in Stamford today.
Many pupils across the schools were able to bask in fine individual achievements with many getting the results they wanted.
Girls at Stamford High School achieved A* or A in 61 per cent of their exams and the number of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs at C grade or better was 95 per cent.
And for boys at Stamford School, the corresponding figures were 47 per cent and 92 per cent.
Stamford High School pupil Emma Hunter, 17, from Stamford, got 8 A* grades and 1 A. “I’m pretty chuffed,” she said. “It’s not what I expected. I was expecting Bs and Cs.”
Emily Rodriguez, 16, from Greatford, got 9 As and 1 C. She said: “It’s definitely better than expected. I wasn’t feeling very fab but I’m happy now.”
It was a nervous wait for Emily, who wanted to study A-levels in physics, maths, Spanish and home economics. But she got the results she needed.
She said: “Now I’ve got my results I’m excited about sixth form.”
Katie Lumb, 16, from Elton, was thrilled with her 11 A* grades. She will go on to study all three sciences and history at A-level and hopes to do a degree in medicine. “I’m really pleased the hard work has paid off,” she said.
And Isabelle Thomas, 16, from Uffington, was “happy and relived” with her 9 A* grades and a B. She said: “I really wanted the results to reflect how hard I worked.”
At Stamford School, Matthew Smith said he was surprised to get 8 A*s and 3 As. “I’m ecstatic,” he said, “I was definitely nervous before.” Matthew has spent the summer on engineering courses and plans to continue that career path in the future.
Jack Stafford had 10 A*s when he opened his envelope. “I’m really pleased with all my results and that all the hard work paid off,” he said.
“I’m definitely shocked and it’s a weight off my shoulders.”
Finn Vergalen achieved 10 A*s and 1 A. “I’m speechless really, but absolutely ecstatic. I was not sure what to expect,” he said. “I’m going to carry on at sixth form and then uni and hopefully work in London doing something in finance.”
Harry Musson headed off to Leeds Festival yesterday after getting “better than expected” 8 A*s and 2 As. “I got an A in music and my teacher was adamant I would only get a B. I was quite nervous, especially for music as I really wanted to do well in it and hopefully study music production at uni,” he said.
The Deepings School also enjoyed another very good set of GCSE results with over 72 per cent of papers taken resulting in A*-C grades.
Sophie Lowndes from Deeping said she was terrified when she opened her results which revealed an A, 5 Bs and 3 Cs. “It’s an absolute relief, I won’t be panicking now for the rest of the summer,” she said.
“I’m going to stay on at sixth form and later become a primary school teacher.”
Esther Abraham had A*s in geography, food technology, English literature and history as well as 6 As and a B. She heads off now to Ireland to forget about school.
“I’m really glad it’s over, I was crazy anxious,” she said.
Callum Ward-Jones needed 5 Cs to get into Stamford College to study public services as he seeks to work in the police force. He ended up with 6 Cs and 3 Ds. “I felt sick waiting but I’m really happy with my results. My parents are taking me out for breakfast and I’m going to go partying now.”
And at Stamford Queen Eleanor School, 57 per cent of students achieved an A* to C grade in English. Some of the top performers include Lucy Dunkley, Lillie Elliott, Shafiul Islam and Sadie Tapp who earned five or more A*-As.
Claire Thompson said she was “quite happy” with her 4 Bs and 2 Cs and would be going home to tell her mum. And Victoria Porter said she was nervous getting her results but her Bs and Cs were “pretty much what I expected.”