Teenagers are picking up their GCSE certificates on Thursday (August 21) as they find out whether the last two years of hard work has paid off.
One week after A-level students found out if their grades were good enough to get them into their first choice university, apprenticeship or job, students just two years behind them on the academic ladder have learned of their results.
Schools across north-east Hampshire opened their doors on Thursday as Year 11 pupils come along to open their envelopes with friends and teachers.
A computer glitch nationally has meant many schools have struggled to get their overall pass rates. At The Connaught School in Aldershot, the number of pupils with A*-C grades in maths has risen to 65% while English is up to 63%.
At least five A* to C grades, including English and maths, were earned by an impressive 92% of pupils at Hawley Place School in Blackwater.
There was disappointment at Yateley School though, with only 55% of pupils achieving five GCSEs A*-C, including English and maths. This was down from 75% last year.
The proportion of students gaining five top grades, excluding English and maths, was 64.5% - down from 88% last year.
There was better news at nearby Frogmore Community College, which posted a school record for its five grades A*-C, including English and maths, of 70% - up from 66% last year.
Its rate for five grades excluding English and maths, however, was down from 95% to 85% this year.
Calthorpe Park School in Fleet is still working out its final confirmed A*-C results due to a delay caused by students taking early entry maths last November.
But joint heads Martin Amos and Melanie Hooper said: "We are very pleased with our overall results this year and particularly delighted with the performance in the core subjects of English and maths.
"There are some outstanding results in all areas of the broad curriculum we offer."
A total of 25% of all grades awarded were A or A*.
Over in Farnborough, the Wavell School also had record-breaking results with 72% of pupils getting 5 A*-C, excluding maths and English, and 64.1% including those subjects. A total of 31.1% of grades were A* or As.
At Farnborough Hill, a private all-girls school, celebrations were held to mark 99% five A*-C grades, with a drop of only 1% for its rate of top grades including maths and English.
More than half of students achieved A* or A in eight or more subjects, and 85% achieved A*-B grades.
Headmistress Sarah Buckle, said: "These girls have worked so hard and yet also contributed hugely to the wider life of the school.
"They have done well to not only survive the pressures of teenage life but also cope with changes in GCSE assessment to emerge as successful and delightful young women."
But Fernhill School, in Neville Duke Road, posted mixed results this year, with 61% of grades being A*-C, excluding maths and English, and a 47% rate excluding those subjects.
Lord Wandsworth College in Long Sutton posted its best results in recent history with 97% of students gaining five or more A*-C grades and 45.5% of entries recording A*s or As.
Headmaster Fergus Livingstone said: "At a time of great uncertainty nationally over GCSE grading, it is gratifying to see that we are maintaining our very high standards at Lord Wandsworth College."
At Robert May's School, in Odiham, 84% of pupils achieved five or more A*-C grades while 76% gained five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths.
St Nicholas' School, in Church Crookham, is celebrating another year of successful GCSE results, with 97% of students achieving five or more subjects at A*-C and 95% achieving A*-C grades, including English and maths.
Headmistress Annette Whatmough said: "I am delighted with our students’ performance and wish to congratulate them all on their achievements.
"We are all aware that the marking for GCSEs has become a lot more rigorous over the last two years but the girls have risen to the challenge.”
At Court Moor School, in Fleet, 85.8% of students achieved five or more A*-C grades while 79.3% gained five or more A*-Cs including English and maths.
At Cove School, in Farnborough, 53% of students achieved five or more A*-C grades, including English and maths.
Headteacher Megan Davies Jones said: "I am so pleased that our students' efforts have been rewarded. After the devastating Ofsted judgement in March, we might have slipped back. My staff have shown tremendous resilience and I hope the school's progress will be judged fairly."
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