STUDENTS in high spirits celebrated with their friends and families after receiving great grades in their GCSEs.

Nova Hreod Academy celebrated its best-ever GCSE results.

Gemma Giles achieved three grade nines, two grade eights, two grade sevens and a grade six, while Hope West  achieved three grade nines, two grade eights, two grade sevens and a grade six.

Jacob Stockall achieved three Grade nines, two Grade eights, two grade seves and a grade six, plus Ashley Green achieved one grade nine, five grade eights and two grade sevens.

Zehra Ali jumped for joy when she saw her results. She said: "I thought I was going to fail, expecting threes and maybe a few fours but this is the opposite, I got sevens, sixes and eights.

"I'm so relieved, I can't believe it."

Her French teacher Doug Cooke said: "She has been brilliant, unbelievably hard-working and with an inquisitive mind.

"It's the first time I've done this day as a tracher, it's brilliant - my last results day was in 2005 when I got my A-levels. It's great to see the students so happy."

At Swindon Academy,  Aarjavi Maheshwari achieved six grade nines, one grade eigh, one grade 6 and a distinction while Vlad Creanga bagged three grade nines, two grade eights, three grade sevens and two distinctions.

Plus, Zara Bourne achieved three grade eights, one grade seven, four grade sixe and a distinction, and Rasik Chhetri achieved five grade eights, three grade sevens, one distinction* and a distinction.

Zara from Pinehurst said: "I was terrified, not going to lie, I almost didn't want to look at the results for Spanish and food but I passed them.

“I got a grade eught in maths!  I have no idea how that happened but I’m delighted with the result.  I’m really pleased with my distinction* in PE, I knew I had that already but it’s great to see it along with my other results.”

Rasik from Upper Stratton said: "I accepted the fact that whatever will happen will happen and I'm really happy with the results I got - and quite relieved that it's all over."

Elena Canosa from Royal Wootton Bassett Academy said she was "ecstatic" after receiving eight grade nines and two grade eights. She added: "It was very difficult, I'm so happy."

Adam Hubbard did not get any grades below a seven, which is equivalent to an A.

He said: "I'm a bit surprised but very happy, I was not expecting this. Some of the exams were harder than others but I actually did better in the difficult ones."

Mum Debbie said: "We are delighted for him and so proud."

Ben Coomes received grade nines, eights and an A* in his subjects. He said: "I did a lot better than I was expecting. It was hard going during the exams, but looking back, on the whole, it was not too bad. Now I'm going to enjoy the next two years in sixth form."