As if recent tensions have not been enough, young people no doubt had an anxious wait this week as school exam results winged their way to letterboxes and mobile phones across Inverclyde. The Telegraph has had a strong tradition of accompanying students on result morning, as they await the postal delivery or ping of their phones as results drop. I have seen youngsters cry with joy and others gaze upon their results with disappointment, but whatever the outcome, there is always next year and new opportunities to bounce back if results don't please. Here we look back to some recipients of school exam results from years gone by and how they made front page stories on the day they received their news.


A well-known face around Inverclyde, postman George Reay brought happy news to one young student on a year that saw Inverclyde's best Higher exam results in five years. Notre High School pupil Angela Rebecchi quickly shuffled through her newly delivered paperwork to discover she had achieved what she had aimed for in the 2008 academic year and could make plans for her continued education with confidence.


This quartet of achievers met up with Tele reporter Lynda Collins and I for a photocall the day after their impressive haul of results came in. Pupils Lauren McCormack, Paula Blair, Joanne McDade and Kevin Deegan brought their certificates along to Cathcart Square in Greenock for a quick photocall in 2006. The straight 'A' team's successes were praised by proud Inverclyde education director Jim Sutherland.


Jim Clocherty, convenor of education and communities, was joined by a crack squad of academics for this picture taken in Clyde Square, Greenock. More S5 students than ever before earned top grades in all five exams they sat in 2019. Inverclyde pupils bucked a national downward trend with stellar results locally. Clydeview Academy boasted no fewer than 11 straight 'A' students with the remaining Inverclyde schools also showing impressive exam outcomes.


With a stunning haul of top results, 2014 saw nineteen school pupils scored five straight 'As' in Inverclyde. All Inverclyde schools were represented, with the achievers attending our photocall held in front of Greenock Municipal Buildings to make this happy picture.


The days of cheering students holding exam certificates aloft were coming an end by 2014, as technology enabled marks to be viewed via text message. Pupil Chloe Quinn need not have worried, as her phone message revealed what her mum Pamela had known all along - that she was clever enough to land five 'A' passes which would allow her to follow her chosen career path.