There were miles of smiles - and a few tears too - as students across Banbury and beyond collected their GCSE results.
>Over at North Oxfordshire Academy there was double the celebrations as twins Emily and Jessica Hughes ripped opened their envelopes.
Both recieved eight A* to C grades including English and maths, making them some of the highest fliers at the academy.
Emily was “overwhelmed” with her success, while sister Jessica added: “I am pleased with my results and so glad I had so many good teachers to help me through it.”
>At Banbury Academy, students nervously ripped open their envelopes after being told there had been a mistake in the marking of one of their English papers.
But the pupils were soon smiling as they learnt their results - with 51% of them looking set to gain five or more grades at A* to C including English and maths.
Emily Brogden had made the long journey with her parents from their holiday in Cornwall to get her results - and the journey was definitely not a dissapointment.
The 16-year-old is gearing up to take a place at the academy’s Space Studio after achieving seven A*s and two Bs.
“I was studying a lot and it’s all paid off,” Emily said.
“I don’t know how I feel just now, it hasn’t sunk in yet, but at least now we can go back and really enjoy the rest of the holiday.”
For James Evans, it was a relief to open his results to find three A*s, three As and two Bs.
He said: “I was quite surprised - I wasn’t expecting to do that well. I only got six hours sleep last night worrying about the results.”
Headteacher Emily Gent said: “Our students have performed at such high levels that we anticipate they will be in line with those students in the best 25% of schools in the country.
“Such level of progress is unprecedented in the town of Banbury and represents the incredible hard work by both our students and their teachers.”
>At the town’s George Blessed Napier Catholic School, proud parents and students were celebrating as 72% of them gained five or more GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths.
Among the students celebrating top marks was 16-year-old Dominik Rys.
The Banbury lad’s hard work was rewarded with five A*s and four As, and he will continue at the school’s sixth form studying maths, further maths and physics.
“I was so happy when I opened my results,” he said.
“I’d put the work in but I was still quite relieved to have done so well.”
Fellow pupil Will Pascoe, from Wardington, was also in for a day of celebrations after achieving five As, three Bs and a C.
He said: “I was just happy, relieved and felt a bit less sick as I opened the envelope.”
Headteacher Fraser Long said: “The results are absolutely fantastic across the board - I think the term is outstanding.
“I’m just immenseley proud of all the students and staff.”
>There was also much joy at Warriner School as 66% of pupils achieved five A* to C grades including english and maths.
Tamara Moon was looking forward to studying at Stratford Girl’s Grammar School after gaining five A*s and six As.
“I couldn’t breathe and then I actually couldn’t believe it - I didn’t expect to get results anywhere near this good,” she said.
Fellow pupil Chloe Burch was also relieved to find she had achieved four A*s and five As.
She said: “I was really, really happy and just glad the day had finally come to get my results.”
Headteacher Annabel Kay said: “I am so proud of students, staff and parents as this has been a team effort all round.”
>Elsewhere in Banburyshire, there was more success.
At Chenderit School, 66% of students achieved five GCSEs including English and maths while one of the top performing pupils, Sophie Hoath, walked away with a massive 14 A* grades.
Headteacher Jane Cartwright said: “Our students worked extremely hard, with the support of their families and teachers and thoroughly deserve these brilliant outcomes.”
>At Sibford School, the boys were bucking the national trend and taking the higher share of top grades.
Michael Burton gained nine A*s and two As, while Max Ostrand received five A*s and five As.
Overall, the number of pupils gaining five A* to C grades including English and maths made a massive jump, with 72% of pupils achieving the magic marker compared to 63% last year.
>More than 70% of pupils at Magdalen College School in Brackley achieved five A* to C grades including English and maths, including Eleanor Lee who gained A* and A grades in all 11 subjects.
>More to follow