The Sixth Form forum at Harrogate Grammar School (HGS) was electric with emotion as proud parents and staff joined the students who learned their fate this morning.
Another A-Level results day, another year group - the results hall was a flurry of colour and noise with hugs, screams of joy and a mixture of happy and sad tears as students found out if their hard work had paid off.
For so many it had, but for the majority opening their results at Grammar this morning, the real nerve-wracking moment had been checking their emails at 7am to see if their first choice university had accepted them.
HGS Head Girl, Jasmine Cannon, said: "I was sort of ready because I got the email from Newcastle to say I'd got in. My parents have supported me all the way through it so I wasn't under too much pressure from them, it was just that pressure for myself. It was mainly just about getting in."
Jasmine got AAB in her results and now will be going to study medicine at the University of Newcastle.
Others had also done exceptionally well, not least of all those who had set their sights high from the very beginning by applying for Oxford and Cambridge universities.
Zsofia Hesketh was one such student who received three A*s across the board and had been accepted by Cambridge to study politics.
She said: "It means that I got accepted for Politics at Cambridge. I never really knew where I wanted to go and then last year it dawned on me that I can do this and now I really have.
"I hoped for these grades but I didn't think I'd get them. I knew that I'd got in before I came but not which grades. I'm just so proud of myself because I've been working really hard and I would have been devastated if it didn't pay off."
Lucy Crocker was another student who was accepted into Cambridge with four A*s.
Her phenomenal achievement will see her studying natural sciences and pursuing her dream career of working in space technologies.
She said: "My parents are really pleased for me and my cousins are really pleased because they live near Cambridge. The only person who is sad is my cat who I'll have to leave behind!"
Others openly admitted that their grades were not glowing with stars but were ecstatic regardless, because their results had been the product of vigorous hard work.
Harry Morgan said: "I'm going to admit I'm not that academic compared to the other students in here so I think getting B's and C's for me, while its easy for some, it's not as easy for most people."
Now Harry will be going Leeds Beckett University to study politics.
He said: "It was an unconditional offer provided I accepted them so I wasn't that nervous if I'm honest but I'm really proud of my results, I had to run outside and calm down!
Although there were some that wore a look of disappointment, headteacher Richard Sheriff wandered around to offer a word of advice and encouragement to the disheartened, while many other staff were on hand to help those students with their next step.
Mr Sheriff said: "All our students have such high expectations of themselves and they've set their minds on a particular university or course.
"I think what they have to do is stay open, stay flexible, they may have done much better than they in themselves actually think and there's lots of universities out there who will be desperate to get these students, even though they might have missed their first offer by a single grade, to put that behind them and look for what other opportunities there are."