The wait is over for A-level students across Belper – after they tore open their results on Thursday, ending weeks of nervous anticipation.
The News watched the drama unfold at Belper School, where smiles seemed to outweigh the tears, as sixth form students filed into the Nixon Common Room to receive the life-changing envelopes.
Among those celebrating was triple A student Dominique Szabo (pictured) who was accepted onto a veterinary science course at Liverpool University.
She said: “I was in absolute bits when I checked the UCAS website in the morning.
“I was a bit unsurehow I had done, but I guess the hard work paid off.
“I’m over the moon – I have wanted to be a vet since I was 11 and have done 26 weeks of work experience – missing three family holidays.”
Fellow Belper School student Jacob Grace, 18, overcame dyslexia to achieve passes in psychology and history.
“The fact I managed to get two A-levels when I struggle with reading and writing is absolutely brilliant news for me, “ he said. “I’m now looking for a job.”
Meanwhile, BTEC student Joseph Stares was awarded two starred distinctions in IT and aims to break into the music industry after accepting a place at York’s St John University to study music production.
“I knew I had done alright in one, but this is beyond what I expected,” he said. “I’ve done really well and am so pleased with how it’s turned out.”
Elsewhere at Ecclesbourne School in Duffield April Peake, 18, has won a place at Oxford University to read English.
Caitlin Greaves, 18, of Belper, was one of the top achievers at Derby High School, where she was also head girl - gaining two A*s in Biology and General Studies and two As in Chemistry and French and will go on to study Medicine at the University of Birmingham.
The teenager said: “I’ve been nervous for so long I feel a bit shell-shocked.
“I will really miss the school but I’m ready to go now and start university.”
On Thursday, August 23, it will be the turn of the Year 10 and 11 students – who will be learning their GSCE results and the News will again be providing coverage.