There were huge smiles all round at Abbeyfield School after a big rise in pass rates.
The school saw 58 per cent of pupils achieve five A* to C grades, including English and maths, an increase of 17 per cent on last year.
And 89 per cent of pupils achieved five passes at A* to C.
Headteacher Claire Morrell could not hide her delight with the achievements of her pupils.
She said: “I think we have just focused in every single subject on the kids’ progress. It is not just about the Government figures.
“It is about everyone making the progress they should make.
“I saw them all coming here when they were in Year 7, and now here they all are with top marks. The individual effort put in by the kids has been phenomenal.”
Max Jobson, who got two Distinction* (D*) grades, two A’s, three B’s and three C’s, said: “I’m very happy. I have put in a lot of hard work. Words can’t describe it.
“There were a couple of subjects I wasn’t sure about, but they seem to have gone really well.
“I am going on to do A-Levels and hopefully now I can get even better grades than at GCSE.”
Charlie Hynam, who got four D*, an A*, three A’s and two B’s, said: “I’m feeling over the moon to be honest. I was a bit nervous and I thought I was going to get one or two C’s, but to get these, I’m really happy.
“The secret is just hard work and keeping yourself organised. Like getting a revision timetable and sticking to it, that really helped me.
“I’m going to take the future step by step really, next A levels and sixth form and then I don’t know. I might go to college in America or to university.
“I don’t know about celebrating, I’ve got my first football game of the season tonight so it’s straight back into it for me. I’ve got the results and I’ll just see where it takes me.”
Some of the other top achievers included Danielle Bates, who got five A’s, four B’s and a merit; Lauren Dawson, who got a D*, five A’s and three B’s, and Demi Rixon, who got five A’s, four B’s and a pass.
And Lauren Lynch, who has been absent from school for the last two years due to serious illness, achieved a B in English language, and a B in maths.
Kathryn Murphy, raising standards leader, said: “Lauren is an amazing young woman who should be very proud of these results and the determination she has shown in the last two years. Lauren has been accepted for A level to do psychology, sociology, ICT and travel and tourism.”