There were tears of joy at Chiltern Hills Academy this morning (Thu) as ecstatic pupils ripped open their GCSE results.

Pupils and staff at the school in Chartridge Lane, Chesham, are celebrating their best ever GCSE results, after improving on last year’s record breaking year.

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Lillian Nikolic, 16, from Chesham, was in for a surprise when she finally built up the courage to open her results after racking up two A*s, six As and three Bs.

She said: “I’m feeling a bit breathless! I can’t believe I’ve managed to pull this one out the bag! I thought I was going to get Bs and Cs, not this!”

Lillian is going to study a three year diploma at the Bird College of Dance.

Madalyn Cope, 16, from Chesham, is also celebrating after getting five As, five Bs and two Cs.

She said: “I’m happy and I got into the school I wanted to.”

Madalyn is going to Chesham Grammar School’s sixth form.

Friend Robyn Gamston, 16, from Chesham, was thrilled with her A*, four Bs, four Cs and a D.

She said: “I’m quite surprised, I so happy with my B in maths!”

Robyn is going to The BRIT School.

Sam Honour, 16, from Chesham, was chuffed with his three As, three Bs, three Cs and two Ds.

He said: “I’m very happy, I was nervous!”

Sam is going to study A-levels at a college in Cornwall.

Stella Larmour, 16, from Chartridge, was elated with her A*, A, five Bs, two Cs and D.

She said: “I’m chuffed! I’m very happy. I beat my older sister so I’m happy about that!”

Other pupils celebrating after achieving three or more A* or A grades were:

Lauren Ashby with one A* and two As

Lauren Byatt with two A*s and four As

Ehsan Farrakh with one A* and three As

Paige George with six A*s and two As

Melissa Pittman with three A*s and four As

Rene Pupala with two As and two As.

Principal Kevin Patrick said: “I’m really pleased with the strong set of GCSE marks obtained by our students. In a time of increased scrutiny of written examinations and changes to assessment structures, it is great to see that the hard work and dedication of staff and students has resulted in some excellent results. Congratulations and well done to everyone involved.”