IT was a day to celebrate hard work and achievement as hundreds of pupils at Warblington School got their GCSE results.
After weeks of waiting, the time had come to open the envelopes.
There were cheers of delight and jumping for joy as many found out they had done exceptionally well.
The school has done better than last year in the Gold Standard pass rate, with 50 per cent of pupils attaining five A*s to C including English and Maths.
The pass rate of five grades A* to C was 57 per cent - compared to 70 per cent last year.
This drop reflects a national trend that has affected all schools because of sweeping changes to the GCSE system.
Modular tests have been scrapped for one exam at the end of the course.
In addition, BTEC qualifications used to count for two GCSEs and now only count for one.
Other GCSEs such as travel and tourism no longer count in the league tables.
But Claudia Cubbage, acting deputy head, was very happy with the way the school had performed this year.
She said: ‘We are really pleased actually. The results continue to improve despite all the turbulence and changes in grade boundaries.
‘We have seen a 10 per cent increase in our English results and we have seen an increase in our maths results.’