There has been celebrations and some commiserations across the region today as thousands of pupils collected their GCSE results.
Nationally, the proportion of exams awarded at least a C grade has risen, and some schools here have achieved their highest ever pass rates.
Ralph Blunsom reports from one high school in Cheshire:
Provisional results for GCSE results in Manchester show that 51 per cent of students achieved five or more GCSE grades A*- C including English and maths.
The figures show a slight dip from last year’s overall results of 53 per cent, in line with a national drop in English grades after changes to the way the subject is taught as well as warnings about ‘volatility’ in the results following an overhaul of the exam system.
Despite this, schools across the city have achieved impressive results.
Wright Robinson Sports College in Gorton was the most improved in Manchester, with 63.1 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths – an increase from 44.2 per cent last year.
The results – the best in the school’s history – are above the national average, and one in four GCSEs in the school was either an A* or an A.
Chorlton High School celebrated its best ever GCSE results, with 66.8 per cent of students achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths – up from 65.6 per cent last year.
A total of 39 pupils achieved eight or more grade A or A* results, and 71 per cent of girls achieving five A* to C grades including English and maths, with 202 pupils achieving at least one A or A*.
King David High School in Crumpsall was the highest achieving school in the city and also saw an increase in their results, with 95.7 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths – up from 88.3 per cent last year.
William Hulme’s Grammar School Academy was the second highest achieving school, with 71.8 per cent of pupils achieving five or more A* to C grades including English and maths – slightly down from last year’s figure of 74.4 per cent.
Thousands of students across the region have received their GCSE results.
Weatherhead High School in Wirral is celebrating exceptional results, with 78% of students achieving the critical 5A*-C grades including the core subjects of English and Maths. A record number of the highest grades were awarded with 661 GCSEs being at A*/A.
The school said its results are "outstanding" in all areas, and especially in the core subjects of English and Maths with 85% of students achieving A*-C grades in Maths and 85% achieving A*-C grades in English.
Headteacher, Neil Dyment, said the new challenging GCSEs and changes to the way papers are marked have not impacted on his students, as the results far exceed national performance projections, based on KS2 data.
The national Exam Results Helpline remains open until noon on Saturday 24th August 2013 - offering a lifeline to students (and their parents) who recently received unexpected exam results.
Advisers are on hand to talk through all the options.
The Exam Results Helpline can be reached on 0808 100 8000
Students across the region have been collecting their GCSE results. The number awarded at least a 'C' grade has fallen for the second year running. Headteachers say they need a period of stabilty after a turbulent year. Elaine Willcox reports from Stretford High School in Manchester.
Two boys from a school in Manchester are among only four in the country to gain full marks in their further mathematics GCSE.
Raymond Ding, 16 and Jamie Horton, also aged 16, both went to Manchester Grammar School and say they were shocked by their achievements.
Raymond from Burnage, said: "I'm pretty happy. It's been a challenging year."
Jamie from Didsbury, said: "I can't believe it. I would never have expected that at all. It's pretty crazy."
Further mathematics is a new GCSE qualification, which is meant to be more challenging.