For GCSE students the wait is over. While nationally the number of top grades has fallen slightly, here there are many schools that have seen better results.
At the West Exe school in Exeter - where the former headmaster was accused of compromising standards - results have also improved.
Richard Lawrence reports:
Employers and Chambers of Commerce in the West Country said there was a big gap between education and employment that needs to be addressed to give young people the chance to find jobs when they leave school.
It has been a day of celebration, relief and even disappointment for households across the west country with GCSE results published.
Nationally, results have fallen for the second year running.
But as Richard Lawrence found out at West Exe College in Exeter, they have been bucking the trend.
Ten year old Monty Rix from St Austell has achieved a grade 'B' in his GCSE Astronomy.
He is the youngest person in the country to study the subject and follows in the footsteps of his father.
Our Cornwall Reporter Steve Hardy visited Monty back in February.
Here is his report again:
Romily Simmons who attends Queen's College in Taunton received her GCSE results by phone.
That is because the 16 year old is in Ireland competing at the Young Rider Championships.
The headmaster of one of Britain's top achieving schools has seen his pupils improve yet again, despite what he brands 'political pressures'. Paul Evans, Headteacher of Colyton Grammar School in Devon, saw his school top the national league table for GCSE last January.
More than half the year group achieved five or more top A* grades in a year when 49.4% of the GCSE grades obtained at the school were A* which was up 4.1% on last year.
He said 83.4% of all GCSEs awarded to Year Ten students taking GCSE at Colyton this summer were graded A8 or A - which was 2.7% higher than last year. Eleven pupils - seven girls and four boys - achieved straight A* in 12 subjects.