ACROSS Burton and South Derbyshire today it was the moment of truth for many anxious students as they went to collect the A-level results which could help shape the rest of their lives.
It is often the hugging teenagers jumping for joy who dominate the front pages, but as many toast success today there are also students who haven't got what they had hoped for.
Results rose again in the region last year – 99 per cent of students passed at Burton's de Ferrers Academy, with one in 10 achieving the AAB holy grail.
Derbyshire's biggest school, John Port, in Etwall, is expecting another rise this year.
Speaking before the results were announced, head teacher Chris Sainsbury said: "It is looking as if we will see significant improvement. In terms of the top grades, A*-B, it is looking like an 11 per cent improvement on last year, which is really pleasing."
It is not uncommon for school pass rate percentages to be well into the 90s, meaning those left disappointed can be left feeling unsure of where to turn.
It may be a well-worn cliché, but the experts stress it is not the end of the world.
There is the safety net of clearing to bear in mind, which often rescues hopes of going to university. Some 11 per cent of students in the UK last year secured their place through the system.
Mr Sainsbury said there will be plenty of support on offer.
He said: "For anybody who hasn't got what they wanted, it's a concerning time but we have people here to work with them.
"Inevitably, there will always be some students who are disappointed but the vast majority, even if they don't end up going to the university of their choice, get on a good course. Last year over 90 per cent went to their first-choice university, so that's an indicator of our success rate."