THERE were cheers and tears across South Yorkshire this morning as students opened their A-Level results to find out whether they had made the grade to go to university.
Teenagers at Thomas Rotherham College, Moorgate, Rotherham, began queuing outside at 7am - eager to find out whether they had done enough to secure their places on their degree courses or to be accepted onto apprenticeship schemes.
Friends hugged each other and shed tears of joy when they got the results they needed, while some consoled each other when they found out their grades.
Some parents sat nervously in cars outside waiting for their children to pick up their results, while others were there with them to celebrate their achievements or to offer support to those who did not get the results they had hoped for.
The pass rate at Thomas Rotherham increased to 98 per cent, and College Principal Dr Richard Williams spent the morning congratulating his students and staff on their achievements.
“I am really pleased - I have been here six years now and this is our best year ever and is all down to the hard work of our students and staff and I am very proud of them,” said Dr Williams.
“There were 38 students with straight A* and A results and pleasing performances throughout the class of 2012.
“University still remains the aspiration of the vast majority of our students but some of them are increasingly looking to apprenticeships and employment after college and A-Levels will equip them for that as well as university.”
Daniel Anstess, aged 18, of Hoyland, Barnsley, is one of the college’s students celebrating today after achieving four A* grades in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry and securing his place at Cambridge University, where he will read engineering.
He said he had expected one or two A* grades and the reality of his achievement was struggling to sink in.
“I was expecting an A* in Maths and Physics, so to get four is unbelievable,” he said.
“I have had to work really hard and did a lot of revision and lots of practice papers before the exams but to get results like this makes it all worthwhile.”