There was disappointment for some today with lower than expected English marks, for the students themselves it could mean the difference between getting the essential grades to take them onto college.
For the teachers, some may feel they let their students down because they had predicted higher grades than the ones they eventually got.
Schools themselves have to meet targets on A - C grades at GCSE so this could affect their figures. As for the exam boards they deny they have been too harsh. This is what one exam board had to say today:
Teachers' leaders meet exam regulator Ofqual at its Coventry offices as the row continues over the marking of last week's English GCSEs.
It's a nervous morning for thousands of teenagers in the Midlands as they pick up their GCSE results.
Here are some guidelines on what options are open to you when you receive your GCSE results today: