If there were tears, they were of happiness and relief as Spalding High School students received their A-level results.
The vast majority of the 18-year-olds attained the grades needed for the next step of their education, university.
As pupils shared hugs of shared joy, we spoke to some while the good news was still sinking in.
Olly Embling, who transferred from the Peele School at Long Sutton for A levels, was quietly pleased and proud with his As in physics and chemistry and A* in maths. He’s off to Nottingham to study chemistry.
Jemma Gaze, of Holbeach, is also off to Nottingham to study geography, armed with her As in textiles and maths and Bs in geography and general studies.
Sport and exercise science at Bath is the destination for Abigayle Nicholson, of Thorney, who achieved two A*s, an A and a B.
Joining her at Nottingham, to do fashion management, is Elizabeth Ridlington, from Donington, who achieved an A, a B and two Cs.
Finally, James Lowson, of Bicker, is off to study history at Warwick, having attained two As and two B grades.