Students across Huddersfield were celebrating their A level results with record success.
Many of them were awake early and had been eagerly checking their results via online systems from 6am.
But hoards of students still headed back to school or college one last time to receive that all important results envelope and celebrate with their friends and staff.
Among those high achievers was student Laura Pearson, of Greenhead College in Huddersfield, who achieved grades A in biology and chemistry and psychology A*.
Laura said: “I am really pleased with my results. I’m going to Glasgow University to study Dentistry.
“I applied to four universities but didn’t get a place. Then after my exams Glasgow University offered me an interview by Skype and offered me a place.”
Greenhead student Emma Gates secured a place at York University to study chemistry after achieving A grades in maths and chemistry and an A* in biology.
“I’m thrilled with my results. Some of the exams were tough.
“The college has been brilliant. The staff are approachable and supportive.”
Overall Greenhead College A level students secured a 99% pass rate with 62% of those achieving grades at A* to B.
New principal Simon Letts said: “Congratulations to all of our students, we’re proud of you!
“You have remained motivated and determined and thoroughly deserve these outstanding results.”
And over at Huddersfield New College in New Hey Road, Salendine Nook, the congratulations banners and balloons were out to mark the occasion and the best ever results.
James Sowerby, of Oakes, said: “I got a B in English Language, a B in psychology and Distinction* in Sports Science.
“I am going to Liverpool John Moores to study Sports Science.
“I’m pleased, I got what I needed for my place.”
And it will be a double celebration in the Kittsen (correct) household as twins Coby and Megan collected their results and will be heading separate ways to pursue their careers.
Coby said: “We’ve chosen very different subjects. I’m going to the University of Central Lancashire in Preston to study Sports Science and Megan is going to Huddersfield University to study Interior Design.
Megan added: “It will be strange to be apart. When we were looking at universities I wanted to stay close to home and Coby won’t be too far away in Preston.”
Fellow student Abrahim Djordjeuic, of Birkby, is also heading across the Pennines but to study Bio Chemistry at Manchester University.
“I got an A* in maths and Bs in psychology and chemistry. I actually got higher than my predicted grades so I’m really pleased.”
Principal at New College Angela Williams said: “Students are making more informed decisions of both universities and courses. They are looking at rankings and employability as its a huge financial investment in their future.
“There has been a shift in demand for university places and this is allowing students more options particularly given rising tuition fees.”
New College student Christian Faulkner, of Deighton, was modestly ‘quite chuffed’ with his double A* in Graphic Communications and Photography and A grade in Media.
He said: “I’ve achieved better results than my predicted grades but I thought I could do it.
“I’m going to Bolton University to study Graphic Design and Photography. I chose the course because its combined honours and 100% coursework.”
Martin Poole, also a New College student, said: “I’m pleased with my results: Combined English B, Media Studies A and Sociology A*.
“I’m going to York St John’s University to study Media and Creative writing.”