Pupils across North Devon will be receiving their GCSE results today.
With pupils waiting eagerly to hear how they've done, and teachers poised to hand out results the Journal has despatched reporters to schools across the area to bring you live coverage as the day unfolds.
Read the results and reaction as it happens in our live blog below.
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1:30PM UPDATE FROM WEST BUCKLAND:
Year 11 students at West Buckland School are celebrating after bucking the national trend and recording a record-breaking set of GCSE results which sees a remarkable 60 per cent of all exams passed at A* and A grades, the highest in the school’s history.
In total, 20 students out of the 83 strong year group achieved all A* and A grades, an exceptional feat that reinforces West Buckland’s position as one of the leading schools in the South West for consistently high academic achievement after the excellent A-level performance recorded at the school last week.
The A* to C GCSE pass rate now stands at an impressive 95 per cent, with 81 students achieving at least five GCSEs at grade C or above.
There were many outstanding individual results amongst the overall excellent level of performance. Victoria Griffin, Charlotte Cornish and Kate Bowman-Openshaw all achieved an exceptional clean sweep of straight A*s in 10 or more subjects, while Hannah Sullivan went one better with a remarkable eleven A*s in all eleven subjects she took.
Ben Simmonds, Jessica Sansom, Connie Heal and Zac Chave-Cox all achieved eight or more A* grades, with Ross Clayton, Isabelle Brown and Andrew Loat being awarded seven A* grades each.
Headmaster, John Vick said: “This year’s GCSE results really are exceptional. I am very proud of our students who have worked so hard for them.
"There have been some outstanding individual results at the highest level which are richly deserved. I am also immensely pleased with truly excellent results from across the whole year group, which means the vast majority have achieved the all-important A* to C grades, giving them a solid platform as they move into the next stages of their education.
“These results are all the more impressive in the context of Ofqual’s guidance to exam boards to ensure that results in core subjects (maths, English and science) are not subject to any ‘grade inflation’.
"Most commentators expected national performance in these subjects, in particular, to decline this year. West Buckland pupils already take these so-called ‘hard subjects’ at GCSE and A-level in very large numbers, and results in these areas are very strong.
“Given that the school has a mixed ability intake, this is testament to the quality of teaching and care for our students, their hard work and application, and of course, the support from parents and families.
"I am pleased for everyone connected with the school and well done to them all.”
12:30PM UPDATE FROM BARNSTAPLE:
Journal reporter WILL TOPPS was at Pilton Community College today, where he saw his sister collect her GCSE results.
I remember the day nine years ago when I collected my GCSE results, at the same place as my youngest sister Alice collected hers.
I wasn’t particularly nervous because I’m not a worrier, but Alice is.
Over the past few weeks I’ve lost count of the number of times she’s told me she’s nervous and said, “I won’t do as well as you and Emily [my middle sister] did”.
Every time I reassured her and told her she would, because she’s so much more conscientious and hard working than Em or I ever were.
And I was right.
It made me so proud to watch my sister, ten years younger than me, open up her results and scream, smile and do a girly little jump in the air.
She screamed because she had four A*s and five As, better than either of her siblings results, but more importantly better than she thought she had done.
“I’m so happy,” she told me, “I was so scared and now I’m so bloody relieved.”
I wasn’t relieved, because I knew she’d do as well as she did, and so did my mum.
“I’m delighted,” my mum said. “Alice kept saying there was so much pressure on her because she’s the youngest, but she’s done the best.
“I’m just so proud of her.”
11:55AM UPDATE FROM BARNSTAPLE:
Pupils at Pilton were able to collect results from 11.30am, but with many waiting before then and staff ready to dish out results, the school opted to hand some out early.
Exams officer Brian Border, who retired at the end of term in July, said it was nice to see the pupils’ smiling faces.
“I’m just here for the final day since this was my responsibility,” he said.
“It’s nice to see the kids and watch them celebrate.
“It’s always a nice day.”
Principal Louise Miller-Marshall echoed Mr Border’s sentiments.
“It is the best day of the year, and all about the kids,” she said.
“It’s the success stories when kids have done so much better than they thought they would that make it delightful.”
And Mrs Miller-Marshall had good reason to be pleased, with the top ten pupils at the school achieving 67 A* grades between them.
Among those top achievers was Joe Barnes, 16, who got nine A* and an A.
“I was quite relieved when I opened the envelope,” he said.
“You spend weeks working so hard for them and getting this piece of paper makes it all worth it.
“I’ll be able to relax now before I go to sixth form at Ilfracombe.”
Also relieved was Steph Ringrose, 16, who was among the first to collect her results.
“I was shocked and relieved,” she said, “but I can stop stressing now.”
11:50AM UPDATE FROM BARNSTAPLE:
AT Park Community School 73 per cent of pupils gained five A* to C grades, an increase of five per cent from last year.
And head David Atton said he was delighted by that.
“We’ve done really well and are really pleased,” he said.
“Nationally the figures for passes at A* to C grade are down by around eight per cent but ours are up by five.
“That’s the result of an awful lot of hard work by pupils and staff, and parents too - so it’s a good day for everyone.
“It is satisfying because you invest five years of your professional life in these youngsters.”
Hannah Gaunt, 16, was one of the school’s top achievers.
“I got six A*s and six As so I’m really pleased.
“I was surprised but really really happy.
“I was hoping to get good grades but didn’t think I’d do that well.”
Nick Moore, 16, was also pleased with his results.
“I did quite well and got everything I needed to get into college,” he said.
“I’m going to do a sports course at Petroc and I’m happy I can do it, although there were a few results I was a bit disappointed with.”
There was something else Nick was disappointed by - his results didn’t come in an envelope.
“I was gutted it wasn’t in one,” he said, “I wanted the suspense and surprise.”
11:30AM UPDATE FROM BARNSTAPLE:
Journal reporter Will Topps has been at Pilton and Park Schools and pupils have picked up their GCSE results today.
At Park 73 per cent of pupils gained five A*-C grades, an increase of five per cent from last year.
At Pilton the top ten achieving students gained more than 67 A* grades. The number of students achieving A*-C grades was also up on last year.
Head teachers, David Atton and Louise Millar-Marshall both said they were delighted by their school’s results.
Check back later for more news on how both schools did
11:30AM UPDATE FROM GREAT TORRINGTON SCHOOL
Journal reporter Nicole Travers- Wakeford was at the school.
She said: "Students celebrated today as they received their GCSE results with 81 per cent of pupils achieving five A*- C grades - this was the best set of results the school have seen."
Georgie Towersey-Veal gained an A* in maths and As in English literature, English language and history as well as six Bs.
Georgie, who was also this year’s Torrington carnival queen, said was pleased with her results.
She said: “I did better than I expected. I spent a lot of time studying.”
Georgie’s mum, Dawn, was with her when she opened the envelope. Dawn said: “She is my last child coming out of the school.
“It is a real relief that she has done well like her siblings. We are very pleased with the school.”
Dawn said her daughter has been committed, focused and driven.
She said: “She reaped the rewards. You get out of life what you put in.”
Harry Stark, 16, got three As, six Bs and a C. He will go to Exeter College to study business, maths, PE and geography.
Harry said he will be playing rugby with the Exeter College Rugby Academy. He said: “It is wanted. It has got me into college.”
Harry’s dad, Mike, said he was pleased with his son. He said: “Chuffed to bits with him. All the pupils have done well from what I have seen.
“Really proud of him for getting into Exeter College, especially the rugby academy.
“As well as studying for A levels, he will be doing two hours of rugby training a day.”
Deputy headteacher, Jacqui Whiteman, said: “Congratulations also goes to just over half of the year ten pupils, whom having sat their GCSE English language a year early, have secured an A*-C grade.”
11AM UPDATE FROM BIDEFORD COLLEGE
Faye Davis, who got 10 As and a A*, said: “I thought I had failed a few so the results are a nice surprise, I really wasn’t sure about textiles or chemistry.”
Daniel Colwill said he had been confident he would get what he wanted and was pleased with his results of 2 A* and 10 As. He will staying on at Bideford College to do his A-Levels.
Thomas Beauchamp said he was pleased with a few of his results and even more pleased he has got into Petroc to do a motor vehicle course.
Danielle Found and Abbie Cole both got all A and A*s and are now going to study animal management at Petroc.
Abbie said: “Hopefully after we have done the animal management course we can go onto to do veterinary nursing.”
10.45AM UPDATE FROM SOUTH MOLTON
In a press release South Molton headteacher Jenny Glover has said she's delighted with the results from the school.
She singled out Tom Jarvis (Three A*s and seven As), Rebekkah Hoskin (Three A*s and six As), Daisy Wootten (Seven A*s and three As) and Henrik Oldcorn (Three A*s and four As) out for special praise.
"Every pupil has gained qualifications in line with, or above, expectations," she said.
"Well done all."
10.35AM UPDATE FROM SOUTH MOLTON
Also delighted with her results at South Molton was 16-year-old Daisy Wootten. She got seven A*s and three As and is off to Richard Huish college in Taunton next year to study law, psychology, history, economics and biology.
“I’m amazed,” she said, “really, really happy.
“I didn’t think I’d done that well.”
Daisy’s family were waiting outside the school for news of her results and she said she couldn’t wait to tell them how she’d done.
“My mum will probably cry,” she said. “I’m looking forward to telling them and then going for a meal out tonight.”
10.25AM UPDATE FROM SOUTH MOLTON
Among South Molton's top achievers was Henrik Oldcorn, 16, who got three A*s and four As.
“They’re good results,” he said, “and I’ll be celebrating tonight.
“My parents wanted to make some plans but they haven’t, so I don’t know what’ll happen.”
There was one result for Henrik to be disappointed with, a U in additional maths.
“I’d have liked to have done better,” he said, “but oh well, it was only to help prepare for A level.”
10AM UPDATE FROM SOUTH MOLTON
Students at South Molton have been among the first to receive their results today.
Reporter Will Topps has been at the school, where he spoke to head Jenny Glover.
"We're really pleased with the results," she said.
"The kids have done really well, especially as the marking's been tougher this year."
Mrs Glover revealed how the school saw 77 per cent of pupils pass with five or more A* to C grades and 55 per cent pass with five or more A* to C grades including maths and English.
“Across the board even some of our less able pupils have done really well.
"The kids and staff have worked really hard and parents have been very supportive.
"Results day is always a continued good news story for the school."
9AM UPDATE FROM BIDEFORD COLLEGE:
Journal reporter Philippa Jenkins was at Bideford College where hundreds of students arrived expectantly to pick up their results.
Philippa said: “It is really busy and most of the pupils seem to be really pleased – lots of hugs and congratulations being given from teachers and parents across the atrium.”
The head of Year 11 Vicki Hollister said: “We are really pleased with the results. I have been this year’s head of year since they were in Year 7 so it has been really nice to see them get to this stage.
“A good number of them staying on here for sixth form and others are going to place like Petroc, we have tried to accommodate them here by offering courses that suit the students’ needs.
“The whole year group has worked really hard.”
Chloe Barnes was really pleased with her results which were four As, four Bs and a C.
She said: “I have been really nervous about what the results were going to be but I am so happy now.”
Kristi Tucker got 9 A*s, 2 As and a B and said she had done a lot better than she thought.
She said: “I really didn’t know what to expect so I am so pleased.”