Scenes of jubilation and commiseration were the order of the day at secondary schools in Sudbury and the surrounding area as hoards of nervous teenagers received their GCSE results.
Ripping open envelopes containing their long-awaited results in front of friends and family, many pupils were left elated and relieved with their results, which for many will open the doors to college, university and a future career.
Star pupils from Sudbury Upper School included budding mathematician, Matt Gill, 16, who not only achieved six A*s and six As but also got an A for his maths A Level, which he was allowed to take two years early.
Celebrations continued at Great Cornard Upper School, with more than 30 pupils receiving more than five GCSEs with an A* or A grade.
Hedingham School received its best ever year for GCSE results, with 67 per cent of students achieving more than five GCSEs at A* to C grades.