NERVOUS students across Burton and South Derbyshire were today collecting GCSE results which will shape their immediate futures.
There will be scenes of joy and happiness as many children celebrate their achievements with friends and family.
Unfortunately there will always be some children left disappointed with their results, now facing difficult decisions about what the future holds.
Before the results were released, de Ferrers Academy principal Steve Allen said: "We're expecting the results to be very kind, and we know that we have achieved record results for the second year running. There will be plenty of success stories but we also work hard to identify and help those that have fallen short.
"Staff will be available to offer advice, as will the Connexions careers team. There may be options to re-sit exams or progress to a different kind of further education.
"We also work in very close partnership with Burton College, and South Derbyshire who will also be able to help some of our students."
Mr Allen praised the results de Ferrers Academy had enjoyed: "Two years ago 55 per cent of students received five A*-C grades, but this year that figure is up to 72 per cent. That is a fantastic achievement.
"I want to thank all the children, staff and parents for their hard work."
Other than the schools themselves, various other organisations exist to help support and guide youngsters.
The Exam Results Helpline can be contacted on 0808 100 8000. More locally, Staffordshire-based Entrust has local advice centres that can offer advice and face to face support.
Centres can be found by calling 0300 111 8030 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org