Thousands of students across the South East received their A-level results on Thursday.
The proportion of students awarded an A grade or higher has fallen to the lowest for more than a decade, national figures show.
Christine Alsford has our round-up in the South:
Interviewees: Gracie Parkes, A-level student & Oliver Greaves, A-level student & Dr Dorian Lewis, Headmaster, Bournemouth School, Macy Boyling, BTec student, Ali Foss, Principal, Queen Mary's College, Jessica Olliver, A-level student
In total, 25.5% of UK entries were awarded an A or A* grade this summer, the lowest proportion since 2007 when it was 25.3%.
For the first time, there were more entries for A-level science subjects from girls than from boys.
Andy Dickenson has our round-up in the South East:
Interviewees: Tom, Alice & Jamie Heap, Brighton College & William Baldwin Principal, BHASVIC & Emily Hiham, The Archbishop's School Canterbury
However, this year's results, the culmination of months of hard work, comes amid ongoing controversy about university offers and marking.
Boundary documents leaked on Wednesday, showed that some maths candidates only needed around 15% of the marks to get a pass.
Charlotte Cross has our round-up in the Thames Valley:
Interviewees: Macy Boyling & Andy Sanders & Stephen Oliver, Principal, Our Lady's Abingdon Senior School & Jeanette Cochrane, Headteacher, Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School