NEITHER the weather nor the internet could spoil traditional results day joy across the Five Valleys and Severn Vale.
While students could check their grades online many still arrived at 9am on a drizzly Thursday to open envelopes containing their passports to greater things.
At Marling School in Stroud, James Gosling's two A*s and two As mean he is off to study maths at Imperial College, London, while Harry Pizzey's better-than-expected pair of A*s and an A mean he can take a year to choose the architecture course he wants. Five Marling boys have Oxbridge places.
Marling sixth former Harry Bush from Nailsworth is heading to Merton College, Oxford, to read chemistry after getting an A* and three As.
"It's better than I expected," said Harry, 18.
At Marling. 32% of exams were passed with A* and A grades, 55% at A* to B and 83% at A* to C. The overall pass rate was 99.1%.
"This is a terrific set of results and I am delighted for our sixth form students and for the staff who have worked so hard to support them," said head teacher Dr Stuart Wilson.
At Stroud High School for Girls next door, outgoing head Tim Withers was delighted to have a high note to leave on.
"I am personally very happy, since it has been a key target for us, that all six of the students who are holding offers from Oxford and Cambridge have achieved the grades needed, which means we have sent 20 students to Oxbridge during the last three years," said Mr Withers, who is leaving for Ralph Allen School in Bath next month.
Students at Stroud High passed 39% of exams with A* and A grades, 73% were A* to B grades, 90% at grade A* to C, and they chalked up a pass rate of 99.7%.
Morwenna Bugg from Didmarton secured a place at her first choice of Nottingham university to read medicinal and biological chemistry, with an A and two Bs.
"I thought I might have to go through clearing," she said.
Matilda McMorrow will go to the University of East Anglia to study English, after getting a surprise result in German.
"I was predicted a D and got a B," said Matilda, who got an A in English Literature and a C in history. "It's amazing."
Charlotte Pontac from Stroud is off to Manchester University to study criminology with an A*, an A and a B.
Hanna Leatherland bounded with joy at her grades which mean she can study for an education degree.
"She suffered sinusitis really badly before the exams but insisted on taking them," said her mum Helen, a teacher at the school. "I am so proud of her."
Archway School, which is not selective, was pleased with an ever-improving set of results – the best so far for a school which came out of special measures 18 months ago and has more than doubled the intake of its sixth form.
An A* to B figure of 38.8% was a standout performance, with A* to C at 68.69% and a 99% pass rate.
"They are a very positive set of results, the best we have had," said head of sixth form Julian Young.
"There is a huge increase in students getting the top grades. We are a proper comprehensive sixth form and pull out results like that. We give everyone a fair crack of the whip."
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College achieved a 98% pass rate overall. And 74% of students achieved A* to C grades, with the college performing above the current sixth form college benchmark for high grades.
● Careers advisers were on hand at Ebley Mill to calm students' nerves after getting their A-Level results.
The experts working on behalf of the National Careers Service also suggested ways ahead for teenagers.
It was the first time a drop-in advice session had been arranged by Stroud District Council at its headquarters.