Some were laughing, some were crying, and some were in plain shock as A-level students across the region picked up their results today.
Anxious students talked about their lack of sleep last night as they awaited the fate of their results.
Many of them will go on to university, as national reports suggest more university places have been accepted this year than ever before.
But a number of students will also go on to apprenticeships, employment and gap years.
And despite a national drop in grades, schools and colleges across Mansfield have proudly reported their results.
Joseph Whitaker school were pleased to find out they had a 100 per cent pass rate for the second year running.
Rob Martlew, head teacher of the school, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our results. Everyone has worked so hard and they are testimony to the commitment and dedication of both students and staff.
“On behalf of the school, I would like to congratulate our Year 13 students and wish them every success and happiness in their future endeavours. “
Michael Croft, vice Principal with responsibility for sixth form, added: “Year 13 have been relentless in their pursuit of excellence, adopting a robust approach to study and demonstrating an impressive work ethic throughout.”
All Saints’ Catholic Voluntary Academy has received a 99.6 per cent pass rate - and a quarter of them were A*-A grades.
Head teacher, Maureen Cobbett, said: “I am so proud of all of our students, they have exceeded our expectations and their results are a reflection of the hard work of staff, students and parents.
“To achieve such good results when nationally they have dropped is a phenomenal achievement.
“We would like to congratulate the students on achieving places at the universities of their choice and wish them continued success in the future.”
Students at West Notts College had a lot to cheer for, as they secured a 98.8 per cent pass rate.
Principal and chief executive, Dame Asha Khemka, was delighted at the news.
She said: “This doesn’t just happen, it comes from all the hard work and effort that our students put in to achieving success, supported by their caring and dedicated tutors.”
Student Lindsay Hill, 18, from Mansfield, achieved three A* grades in English language, psychology and history, and an A grade in the extended project qualification. The grades have secured her place at the University of Leeds to study history.
She said: “I didn’t think it was actually possible for me to do that well, especially to study a subject like history.
At Meden School, a 99 per cent pass rate was maintained and all of the students who applied to university were offered a place.
Holly Smith, who achieved A*A*A, is going to Nottingham university to study pharmacy.
She said: “I’m ecstatic with my results, I’m so shocked.
“My parents are over the moon too, they can’t believe it.”
Head teacher at Brunts Academy, Carl Atkin, was delighted with their 98 per cent pass rate.
Triple A* student at the school, Holly Simpson, said: “I’m absolutely shocked. I’m so excited about going to university.”
She will be starting Bristol University in September to study Veterinary Medicine.
Garibaldi College Sixth Form students were congratulated by their head of sixth form, Mr Chapman.
He said: “I am so proud of all our students. Their hard work, as well as the staff, has been rewarded. All of our students are now in a position to progress to the next step in their life.”
Some success stories from Garibaldi include Ben Platt, achieving A*A*A, who is going to Cambridge University to study Geography and Luke Causer, A*A*AA, who will continue his studies at Nottingham University studying Maths.
Samworth Church Academy principal, Barry Found, said: “This year’s A level and 6th Form Vocational results are very pleasing and encouraging.
“As an Academy, they show that we are rapidly improving our 6th form performance but most importantly for our students, these results allow them to pursue their chosen pathways now that they have completed their studies here.”
Nottinghamshire County Council have also praised their efforts.
Councillor John Peck, committee chairman for children and young people’s services, said: “I would like to congratulate all young people who have worked so hard to achieve their good results.”
Keep checking Chad’s website for results across Mansfield.