Pictured with her results is Alice Edgar.
There were some exceptional individual performances with one pupil gaining six A* and five A grades - despite having faced a potentially life threatening illness while in year 8.
"I'm hoping to go on and do A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths as I want to be a vet".
She added: "I prefer it [the United Kingdom system] much more as it is really challenging and shows your potential".
Esther Knell and Alivia Storton from Thomas Alleyne Academy. "I was expecting a mix of A*s and As and I got that", the 16-year-old, from the Clifton area of Bristol, said. The stress has finally gone!
"I would particularly like to commend the hard work of staff, who have encouraged, supported and mentored the cohort through these important exams".
Four subjects, including futher mathematics achieved an incredible 100 per cent A*-C pass rate. "I'm ecstatic!" he said.
Daniel Knight got fantastic results in his GCSEs, especially seeing as he didn't even think he would be able to sit them.
Meanwhile, 68 per cent of pupils passed at a grade 4 or above, a result that still counts as a "standard pass".
In maths, 48 per cent of pupils got a grade 5 or above; 69 per cent received a grade 4 or above, a difference of over 20 per cent.
Barry Comprehensive head teacher, Gerard McNamara said: "The results this year were very pleasing, and a real reflection of the hard work from all in our school community - students, staff and governors".
"As such, it is even more pleasing to see that our results have increased from previous year". Despite the increased challenge of these subjects" examinations, students' hard work really paid off: nearly half of students (48%) secured a "strong' pass in both English and in Maths.
Schools and colleges across Hackney take a break from the summer holidays today as nervy students arrive to collect their GCSE results.
Eleanor Whittingham achieved an A* in AS maths. Examinations have become more rigorous and controlled assessment is no longer part of the English exam.
Pupils in Cumbria will be among the first to be awarded new GCSE grades tomorrow.
All of these students achieved at least eight A*/A/9/8/7 grades.
Julie Summerfield, HTC Principal, is proud of how her students reacted to the new system.
Yousra Haji, whose results included a 9, an 8, 6A*A and a Distinction*, said: "Opening my envelope was the most exciting thing ever".
The school reserved particular mention for its students who achieved A*/As and their equivalents in every subject including: James Ball, Haydn Cahill, Katie Eggleton, Ewan Fuller, Faye Harper and Maria Tedford.