Students at Sheffield College were taking the next steps into their future when they collected their A-level results.
A total of 297 students took A-levels in more than 30 subjects this year across campuses at Hillsborough, Norton, City and Peaks and are now going on to university or further training.
The overall pass rate of 94 per cent, with 25 per cent A* to B grades, was an increase of seven per cent on last year.
At the Hillsborough campus there were smiles and tears of joy as students opened the important envelopes.
Students’ Union president Ben Walters, from Hillsborough, was delighted his final B grade was enough to secure him a place studying history and English literature at the University of Westminster, in London. This was added to the two C grades in history and sociology he gained last year.
The 19-year-old said: “I love Sheffield but I want to go away and experience the bustling metropolis for a while and then come back to Sheffield.”
Ben combined his final year at college, with a job as the Students Union president.
He added: “My time has been very different to most students. I ended up getting a job here as the Students’ Union president.
“I studied here for three years and had a job in the last year.
“It has been fantastic, interesting, hard but enjoyable. There has been lots of support from the college.”
Ben Riley, 22, from Bessacarr in Doncaster, achieved an A in English Literature at A2 Level and a B in English at AS Level. He will now go on to study English Literature at the University of Sheffield.
He said: “I studied in Doncaster before I came to Sheffield College. I’ve always wanted to do A-levels since I finished school. My dad knew the former principal here and said he thinks it was a good college.
“I’ve loved it here. It’s a good stepping stone between school and university.
“I found the lecturers have been really supportive and encourage more independent study and I feel I’ve been able to put more in if I want to.”
But for some students going to university or further training in September was not on the cards.
Alanna Halsall, from Woodseats, was delighted with her B and two C grades, and is taking a year out to decided what to do next.
The 18-year-old, who wants a career in the media, said: “I’m having a gap year. I haven’t actually applied to university.
“I didn’t want to apply because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.
“It was panicking me – I didn’t know where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do so I decided to take a gap year.
“Considering how I was in November when people were applying and setting up UCAS account, I think now I do want to go to university.”
Principal Heather Smith said: “I’d like to congratulate our students on achieving a strong set of results and wish them all the very best for their future. I’d also like to thank our dedicated staff for their hard work and support.”
She added: “Our student community is very diverse. It includes high achievers and those who have not realised their full potential in education previously. They all thrive as a result of attending our college.
“Alongside examination results we measure their success in terms of how far they have progressed as individuals, and are proud of how they have developed.”