Wait for GCSE results almost over
THE long wait is almost over for the thousands of youngsters who sat their GCSE exams this year.
While the majority of us have been enjoying the surprisingly sunny summer most 16-year-olds have been waiting for Thursday, August 22, and their personal day of destiny.
Results day is always approached with a mixture of anticipation and dread as students find out whether their labours of the past two years are about to pay off or not.
While it is not the end of the world if results do not go to plan the overwhelming majority of students will be keeping their fingers crossed - not to mention their parents and, increasingly, their teachers who are judged by over-all results more than ever.
Evening Post reporters will also be up at the break of dawn to make their way to schools in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmerthenshire in order to bring you the overall picture of results as they are collected.
You will be able to read their reports here, and follow our live coverage of your #ResultsDay tweets, instagrams and other social media postings.
Last year the number of students in Wales getting A* to C results at GCSE fell for the first time in more than a decade but across Swansea Bay students were celebrating record results.
In Swansea GCSE students outstripped their peers across Wales, with more of them than ever celebrating the top A* and A results.
20.9 per cent of city pupils gained A* and A grades in exams taken with the WJEC board, which compares to 19.2 per cent of those in Wales as a whole.
And in Neath Port Talbot results rose once again. The percentage of students achieving A* to C grades increased from 75 per cent to 79 per cent.