Teenagers across the region were this morning waking up to their A-level results.
For many, success in the exams will mean a prized place at university, an apprenticeship or other training scheme, while those who achieved less than expected are likely to be considering their options.
And it’s proving to be a record year of results for some schools and colleges across the North East.
St Cuthbert’s High School, in Newcastle, is celebrating after 35% of its students achieved A* to A qualifications in this year’s exams.
The majority of the school’s A* grades were achieved in the most challenging A level subjects such as maths, further maths, English literature, economics, biology and Italian.
Head teacher Carol Davison said: “The fact that a vast majority of our students gained A* to B grades this year is particularly significant as this gives them greater opportunities to study at the top universities than ever before. In addition, 2014 is a record year for students being successful in gaining places at Oxford, Cambridge and Durham Universities.
“I wish once again to congratulate our teachers and support staff on their significant contribution to these tremendous results.
“I am delighted that all our young people are able to continue to progress to their next stage of education or training and make a significant contribution to our community.”
Sunderland College students are also celebrating today, as they embark on the next stage of their career path after receiving their A level results.
Around 1,000 young people, who have studied A levels at Sunderland College, will pick up their results, after an anxious wait to see if they’ve made the grades they’d hoped.
Irene Lavelle at Durham County Council, wished all those students receiving their A level results today, good luck.
She said: “Year on year Durham County Council has had fantastic results and we aren’t expecting this year to be any different. I would like to wish all our students every success for the future and where young people have applied for university places and I hope they achieve their preferred option.”