Pupils around the country received their long-awaited GCSE results today - here are some of the stories behind the results.
Isabella Soames, the 16-year-old daughter of Conservative Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames, gained 11 A*s at independent Brighton College in East Sussex.
Abhinav, from Luton, was awarded an A* after taking his GCSE exam seven years early. He even completed the paper with 45 minutes to spare.
A leading showjumper is hoping success in her GCSEs will spur her on to win a place at the Olympic Games.
Romilly Simmons, who gained three As, three Bs and three Cs in her exams, received them by phone as she was competing in the Young Rider Championships in Ireland.
Monty Rix, from St Austell in Cornwall, is believed to be the youngest person to study the subject and sat the exam six years early.
The twins are all in the same year group at St. Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Bristol, where results have shot up six per cent.
A pupil who was unable to speak English when she moved to Britain eight years ago is celebrating a set of 10 A* GCSEs.
Jenny Guo, 16, moved from her native China to Bristol when she was just eight and did not speak a word of the language.
But among the good news there was some tragedy - Ajmol Alom, a 16-year-old who was murdered in Poplar 10 days ago, achieved top grades.
Ajmol was awarded eight A grades in subjects including maths, science and geography, and three B grades in English language, humanities and physical education.