There were tears of joy at Forge Valley School in Stannington as pupils collected their A Level results.
Headteacher Dale Barrowclough was joined by staff to congratulate pupils and help those who had not done as well as they had expected.
Hannah Nash, aged 18, from Stannington burst into tears after discovering she had got a place at the University of Sheffield.
She achieved two A grades in English language and English literature and a B grade in psychology guaranteeing her a place to study education, culture and child care.
Hannah, who was one of the first pupils to collect her results at 7am, said: “I’ve done better than expected. I was aiming for an A grade and two B grades. I can’t believe it – I can go to the University of Sheffield.”
Hollie Barton, from Hillsborough, could not believe her eyes when she opened her envelope to discover she had achieved an A grade in sociology.
Along with a B grade in physical education, the 18-year-old has gained a place at Leeds Metropolitan University to study for a degree in PE.
“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe I got an A,” said a tearful Hollie.
“I’m so happy. I can’t wait to tell my parents.”
Emma Green, from Hillsborough, already knew she had got a place at her first choice university when she arrived.
She achieved an A and B grade in health and social care and a B grade in biology which secured her a place to study adult nursing at Sheffield Hallam University.
Emma, aged 18, said: “I didn’t sleep at all. I was checking the UCAS website every hour waiting to find out.
“At about 7.30am my results came on, but I covered my phone because I didn’t want to see.
“All my family were in tears this morning when I told them.”