The future never looked brighter for smart pupils at Hinde House in Shiregreen.
After weeks of waiting, hundreds of Year 11s breathed a sigh of relief as they opened that all-important envelope on GCSE results day.
Staff had gathered in the reception area to congratulate scores of youngsters who passed through the door.
Pass rates at the school, which celebrated a major improvement last year when 52 per cent of pupils getting A* to C in Maths and English, was hit by grade boundary changes to English, but the majority of pupils emerged with smiles on their faces.
For pupils like Amy Scarborough and pal Tia Fowles, both aged 16 and from Wincobank, getting the grades signalled the first day of the rest of their lives.
Chatterbox Amy admitted she was ‘speechless’ when she opened her results to find she had four Bs, a Merit in a vocational beauty course and Cs in the rest of her subjects.
She said: “I applied to do beauty at college and I’m really glad I’ve got in to college but I think I might look around for an apprenticeship. I like learning on the job. It’s a relief to know I’ll still have my college place, though. I feel proud and I want to carry on making my family proud.”
Tia, who plans to study art at Longley College after scooping an A* in the subject, added: “I was proper nervous and my mum was just as nervous as me. I’m so pleased with how I did.”
Sporty students Juninho Blake and Connor Maw, both 16, got top marks in their Sport and Exercise Science BTEC.
The pals will both study the topic at Thomas Rotherham College.
Juninho said: “I got Cs across the board but an A in my BTEC. I didn’t think I’d do as well as I did, it’s been quite stressful, but it is worth it when you come and collect your results.”
Connor said: “I got As, Bs and Cs. I’m happy with them, I am hoping to be a PE teacher.”