In Pictures: Nerves, tears and hugs as students collect exam results

Hundreds of thousands of youngsters have received their results after sitting the Government’s tough new GCSE courses.

More than one in five (20.8%) UK entries scored one of the three top grades, and just 837 teenagers scored a clean sweep of the highest grade in every subject they sat.

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Students show their emotion as they open their GCSE results at Robert May’s School in Odiham, Hampshire (Victoria Jones/PA)
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The school had nine sets of twins who sat their GCSE exams in the same year (Victoria Jones/PA)
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From left, Emily Fox, Isabel Drugan and Becky Haddon get their marks (Jacob King/PA)
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Alexandra Akins, with her mother Lorell, reading her GCSE results at King Edward VI High School (Jacob King/PA)
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Alexia Selzer with her mother Adriana (Jacob King/PA)
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Aliyah Begum, who got all grade 9s at King Edward VI High School for Girls, in Birmingham (Jacob King/PA)
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Hugs of delight for Emily Fox, left, who got all grade 9s (Jacob King/PA)
GCSE results for pupils of St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
Pupils at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in central Bristol (Claire Hayhurst/PA)
GCSE results for pupils of St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
Pupils at St Mary Redcliffe opening their GCSE results (Claire Hayhurst/PA)
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Ella Mason, left, with Angie Qiaoin in Birmingham (Jacob King/PA)
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A celebratory high five from Grace Murray, right, to Lucy Garside (Joe Giddens/PA)
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Kitty Taylor and her parents look at her grades (Joe Giddens/PA)
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Laurence Herring, right, and Gerald Ikazoboh (Joe Giddens/PA)
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Hugs abound at Norwich School in Norfolk (Joe Giddens/PA)
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