Months of waiting came to an end for Wisbech teenagers when they finally picked up their GCSE results.
Thomas Clarkson Academy has seen a drop in the number of pupils receiving five A* to C grades this year.
Around half of the students achieved A* to C grades in English and maths. A total of 49 per cent gained the grades in English and 52 per cent in maths.
Last year the school received a record high of 60 per cent of five GCSEs at A*-C grades.
Principal Clare Claxton has put the problems down to the changes in the examination system.
She said: “Today is about celebrating the achievements of our hardworking students.
“These are the first students to be affected by the Government’s exam reforms and unfortunately today’s results don’t reflect the huge amount of progress many of them have made in the two years in which the academy has existed.”
Improvements were reported the results for modern foreign languages, science and art.
Chloe Ball is one of the school’s success stories after achieving five grade A* or A grades.
Albert Smith, Ben Ayling and Ellisia Tura each gained three A* or A grades.
Alex Ives was delighted to achieve two As, five Bs and three Cs.
He said: “I wasn’t expecting that at all, I’m over the moon.”
Alex will be returning to the academy is September to study A-levels.
Georgia Ward gained 17 qualifications, including six A grades.
She also plans to take her A-levels at the academy. She said: “I’m feeling pretty happy. My results are better than I expected.”