The wait is over for thousands of students across the North West who today received their A Level Results. For the first time in more than 2 decades there's been a fall in the number of A star or A grades - 26.6% had the two top grades, down from 27% last summer.
But the overall pass rate continued to rise - as it has for the last 30 years - to 98%. Boys got more A* grades than girls but girls got more A grades than boys.
Our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue has been with students at Rochdale College to find out what the future holds for them:
Greater Manchester school outperforms national average
A Didsbury school is celebrating after outperforming the national average for the top A Level grades despite figures falling across the country for the first time.
At Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury, 34 per cent of results attained were either A* to A – an impressive nine per cent increase from last year’s results and nearly nine per cent above the national average.
Twenty two students achieved at least three A/As, with two pupils collecting five A/As each – and five pupils successfully gained much coveted places at Oxford and Cambridge
Whalley Range High School for Girls had an overall pass rate of 97.4 per cent and William Hulme Academy had an overall pass rate of 97.1 per cent.