At the Belfast Model School for Girls, the motto is 'I can, I will' - but it was still a long summer for students waiting on their results.
Hollie English achieved two A*s, three As and three Bs.
"I'm ecstatic, I can't believe I got them. Over the summer it builds up and you just can't wait to find out what you get," she said. "I can't believe what I got."
After a restless night, Martyna Zaborowska came away with five As and a B.
"It feels really good, I was expecting to get three Cs," she said.
"I couldn't sleep, I was staying up on the phone 'til 1am and could only get some rest when my dog came to cuddle me.
"This morning I was just thinking, 'let this be over please!'
"The most anxious I felt was walking into school, I was sitting there shaking.
"My mum is here with me today and she's really proud," said Martyna.
School friend Hollie Ferguson got two A*s and five As."
"I was a bit nervous and really anxious walking into school," she said. "I just so scared to see what the results would be."
Assistant principal Julie Graham said the school's results had been a "tremendous improvement".
"We had quite a big crowd of girls today and results have improved," she said.
This included a 13% increase for pupils getting at least five A-C grades.
She continued: "Over half got Grade C in Maths and 70% got at least a C in English.
"I think our strength in this school is the partnership we have with the girls.
"We really work hard with them and they work hard with us and that relationship is a real strength.
"We have a mantra which is 'I can, I will' and that was something the girls really bought into."