Department of Education releases GSCE and A-level league tables for 2013.
The proportion of GCSEs awarded at least a C grade this summer fell 1.3%, marking the biggest fall in the exam's 25-year history.
Whether you received the results you expected today or not, there is a wealth of information online to help you plan your next step.
The capital's 16-year-olds have been opening their GCSE results today.
And, although the number of top grades has fallen for a second year - London's schools had plenty to celebrate.
Piers Hopkirk's been to one academy in Croydon that's seen its results soar.
Students in the south-east have outperformed the rest the country in their GCSE results. Tom Savvides talks to students in Kent and Sussex, councillor Michael Northey and Cassie Ellins, the Principal of Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate.
Pupils at Oasis Academy in Croydon opening their GCSEresults today.
Despite a prediction that results would dip this year theAcademy has bucked the trend.
Sixty four per cent of pupils gained five or more GCSE gradesA star to C while one in ten grades was an A or A star.
Exam boards have criticised the rise in the number of 15-year-olds taking GCSE exams, with 91,000 children sitting the tests a year early.
– Andrew Hall of the exam board AQA
Why oh why do we now get a significant increase in 15-year-olds taking GCSE?
– Mark Dawe of the exam board OCR
Early entry does not benefit the students. The results are far lower for 15-year-olds - these qualifications are designed for 16-year-olds.
Students should be left to learn for those two years and that is what we would encourage.
The overall GCSE A*-G pass rate also fell slightly this year to 98.8% compared to 99% last year.
The director of the Joint Council for Qualifications said "underlying factors" affected the dip in GCSE results but praised the "upturn" in the number studying modern languages.
There are many underlying factors affecting this year's GCSEs, including a sizeable increase in entry by 15-year-olds, new science specifications designed with greater challenge, early and multiple entry in mathematics and an increase in the number of students taking IGCSEs.
All of these have had an impact on entries and results.
– Michael Turner, Joint Council for Qualifications director
This year's upturn in languages will be welcomed across the education sector and beyond. Not since 2008 have there been this many entries in languages.
However, it remains to be seen if this is the start of a trend and if more students decide to continue to study a language at A-level.
Science was hit by the drop in GCSE results despite more pupils studying biology, chemistry and physics.
There was a drop across the board in all three sciences - in biology, 89.8% of entries got at least a C, down from 92.6% last year, in chemistry 90% of entries scored A*-C, down from 93%, and in physics 90.8% reached this standard, down from 93.2%.
The decline in results for the separate sciences is partly down to bright students switching to IGCSE courses and an increase in the number of 15-year-olds, who tend to perform less well, taking the exams early, JCQ said.
It added that a general trend of more students opting for the three sciences, some of whom will have lower abilities in the subject, may also have had an effect.