STUDENTS across Huddersfield collected stunning A-level results today.
Many had achieved remarkable results with pass rates increasing to record levels.
And for some there was the kudos of knowing they are among the best in Britain.
Greenhead College students Stephanie Illingworth and Clare Harrisson, both 18, were listed among the best five students in the country.
Stephanie, of Saddleworth, earned six Grade As in human biology, chemistry, history, French, general studies and English literature.
Her biology result was in the top five in the country.
Clare, of Greenhead, had five grade As - and her performance in history gave her a perfect 100% score.
Stephanie is now heading to Oxford to study history and French, while Clare is taking a gap year before heading to Cambridge.
Stephanie said: "I am delighted. I couldn't decide what to do as I love both science and the arts."
Huddersfield New College student James Robinson, of Liversedge, got three As, a B and a C. How he plans to go to Aberystwyth to study history and geography.
He said: "I'm really pleased".
Fellow student Lynsey Cheal, of Salendine Nook, is heading to Leeds to study maths, after getting three As and a C. She said: "I'm very happy; the results were exactly what I needed".
As expected, passes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland rose for the 22nd consecutive year - with an even greater increase in A-grades - amid the annual chorus of criticism that the gold standard exam has been dumbed down.
After years of losing ground to girls, boys fought back in 2004 but their achievement was overshadowed by further falls in entries to some so-called "hard" subjects including physics, French and German, although maths showed an increase.
There was another rise in popularity of subjects that are often dismissed as "soft" including media, film and TV studies, sociology and psychology.
Religious studies saw a surge in entries. It has become increasingly popular at GCSE level too in recent years, and the National Association of Head Teachers indicated it could be down to the clash between the West and Islamic terrorists.