HUNDREDS of teenagers were celebrating personal success stories yesterday after picking up their A-level results.
Among the biggest smiles in the borough were those on the faces of three pupils at Danum School, in Intake, after they scored As and A*s across the board.
Amy Parker was set to head off to Cambridge University after notching two A*s and four As.
Jonathan Allison scored three A*s and two As to get his place on a maths course at Warwick, and Katie Marshall’s two A*s and three As assured her place on a physics with astrophysics course in Kent which will include a year in America.
But for some it was a tense morning trying to get places through clearing.
Head of sixth form at Danum, Dave Irons, advised pupils to get straight onto the school computers to look at the options available to them through clearing.
The school opened earlier than usual to give out results because of the pressure expected on the clearing system, which struggled to cope with the demand.
He said: “There were some hard luck stories of people missing out by a single grade.
“We were there to say don’t panic and encourage them to try clearing. Some thought they’d missed out but had got in when they checked the UCAS tracking system.”