THERE were smiles, there were laughs and there were one or two tears last week as floods of GCSE students queued up to discover whether their hard work had paid off.
Like last year, the results were presented in a 1-9 numbered system instead of the traditional lettered grades, with nine being the very top mark.
This year there has been a slight rise in the GCSE pass rate nationally, accompanied by a rise in the percentage of top grades. The Herald visited a number of schools in Stratford as pupils tore open their results envelopes.
For the full story with photos on how schools fared around the district see this week’s Stratford Herald.