Proud parents looked on as Driffield pupils anxiously opened their GCSE results following months of waiting and anticipation.
Youngsters compared results after opening envelopes which contained the final product of years of effort and hard work.
It comes after recent changes in the exam system prompted the exam regulator OFQUAL, to warn schools they should expect volatility for this year’s results.
Despite the uncertainty, pupils at Driffield School prevailed and celebrated an excellent set of results.
Andrew Rodger, 15, said: “I have actually done better than I expected to do.
“I wasn’t expecting to get as many A grades as I did and I also got an A*!”
Joseph Gosling, 16, who achieved three A*s , eight As and a B, said: “I’ve done really well.
“It means I will be coming back for sixth form to sit my A-levels.
“It really is an amazing school.”
Aaron Padam, 16 added: “I’ve done better than I thought I would do.
“I was expecting a lot of Cs, but I’ve actually achieved an A*, and several As and Bs!”
Sarah Theakston, 16, will also be returning to Driffield School to study physics, maths and French at A Level.
She said: “I’m really pleased with my results and looking forward to starting sixth form.
“I don’t know where I will end up but I think I will be going to university.”
David Edson, 16, who will study law, geography and history at A Level added: “All the worrying in the run up to getting my results seems ridiculous now.
“I did much better than I thought I did, so all the anxiety was for nothing!”
The uncertainty surrounding the changes to GCSE exams left many schools, staff and their students across the country feeling unesy in the run up to results day.
Simon Jones, Head Teacher at Driffield School, said: “At first glance, we certainly seem to have had some surprises.
“Initial indications suggest the school achieved five A*- C pass rate of 63%.
“What I can say for certain is that the students and staff worked incredibly hard this year and there have been some truly exceptional performances - I’d like to pass on my congratulations and thanks to all concerned.”