A THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD girl at a Rocester school was just one of those walking away with a smile on her face as exam results for GCSEs were sent out to schools yesterday.
Catherine Sonneville, who studies at Abbotsholme, received an A grade after taking her GCSE in Dutch three years early.
She joins the Year 11 pupils in celebrating strong results in a diverse range of subjects.
Ellie Palmer, from Rocester achieved 11 A*s and As at GCSE and is staying on at Abbotsholme to take A Levels in maths, biology, chemistry and English.
Ellie also achieved Grade 8 distinction on the Violin earlier this year aged 15, and is working towards her Grade 8 on the piano.
She said:"I am thrilled with my results, because I worked really hard for them."
Double act Robin and Sanne Van Vroenhoven, who also study at Abbotsholme gained 22 GCSEs between them.
Eighteen pupils at Denstone College came away with straight As.
Emily Critchley, 16, achieved 7A*s and says she has hopes to continue studying biology, chemistry, maths and geography with the aim of going to university to study optometry or medicine.
She said: "I'm very, very pleased, I'll be going out for a meal with my family tonight to celebrate."
Edward Vernon-Stroud, 16, was another high achiever at the school with 6A*s. He said: "I'm hoping to study engineering."
Millie Dyer achieved four A*s and seven A grades. She said: "I woke up at 6am really nervous to find out my results online and I am so relieved.
"I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do when I finish school - it seems quite far away - but for A Level I will be taking maths, biology, chemistry and psychology."
Nicole Higgins, 16, will be celebrating with friends tonight after achieving 6A*s.
She said: "I'll be taking history, Spanish, biology and politics at A Level.
"I'm really pleased, I think we've got a last minute get together tonight to celebrate."
95 per cent of youngsters at Denstone College achieved A* to C in their GCSE exams.
Head teacher David Derbyshire said: "I am delighted to see the success of these girls and boys, who clearly studied conscientiously throughout their GCSE courses.
"As this year group move into the sixth form, I am sure that they will aim high and continue to work with similar focus.
Thomas Alleyne's High School has celebrated improvements in its GCSE results after two thirds of its pupils achieved five A* to C grades.
Sixty-four per cent hit the government benchmark, up from 60 per cent last year, while the school also saw improved results in maths and English.
The Department for Education now monitors how many 'levels' students have improved by since the start of their two-year courses.
And 81 per cent of teenagers at Alleyne's improved by three levels in English, while 77 per cent achieved the same accolade in maths.
Thirty-eight per cent made more-than-expected levels of improvement in maths and 45 per cent did the same in English.
Julie Rudge, head teacher at Alleyne's, said: "We are pleased to report these results, which show an improvement in the key measure – the percentage of pupils achieveing five A* to C grades in subjects including English and maths.
"The results across the ability range for progress in core subjects gives the school a strong basis to build on for the future.
"Staff and parents have supported our students in achieving these results and this epitomises our school ethos 'opportunity, progress, individuality'."
The school's highest-achieving pupil was Madeleine Roache, 16, who got six A*s and five As.
The Uttoxeter resident said: "It feels amazing.
"I worked really hard and wanted to do well so badly so I'm delighted it's all paid off.
"My older brother is a bit of a genius so I've had lots to live up to but he's helped me a lot in maths and science.
"I'm now going to do English literature and language, psychology and performance studies.
"But, in the shorter term, as I love all things South Korean, I think I'm going home to watch some Korean drama."
Eleanor Flower, 16, from Denstone, got three A*s, six As and two Bs.
She is now going to Denstone College Sixth Form and admits she will leave with a heavy heart.
She said: "It will be really tough to leave as I'll miss my friends terribly.
"But it's something a bit different and I can't wait to start studying maths, chemistry, biology and economics.
"These exams have been a lot of pressure and I've spent a lot of time worrying about my results.
"But it's just brilliant it's all over and it's gone well."
Helen Craven, 16, is also celebrating after getting five A*s and six As and will study maths, further maths, RE and economics.
She said: "I got in the car to tell my mum how I'd done and I just burst into tears.
"She said 'don't worry. We can sort this out. I doesn't matter'. I had to say 'no, I'm really happy' and showed her the envelope.
"Now me and her are going to the Edinburgh Fringe today to celebrate."
And more than 86 per cent of pupils at Abbots Bromley School for Girls achieved grades from A* to C in five subjects or more.