Nerves were jangling and the tension was palpable as pupils from across the borough get their A-level results.
On a day that can shape the rest of many teenage lives in Haringey, pupils were up early, eagerly awaiting their results.
Many nervous students had already looked to see if they had got into the university they wanted on their online UCAS form, which started updating at 8am.
But pupils at Haringey Sixth Form, in White Hart Lane, Tottenham, still came in their droves to find out their A level and BTEC grades.
Proud father Colin Benjamin-Stone, who was collecting his daughter Aaliyah’s BTEC results on her behalf, was delighted his daughter’s dreams had come true.
He said: “I could not be happier. Six years ago I was homeless and barely saw my daughter but she has been living with me for the past four years and has now gone on to get great BTEC grades in health and social care.
“She couldn’t be here today because she has already started a job, as a result of her grades. I cannot contain my joy and pride for her, she has always wanted to do this and now she can.”
There were congratulatory hugs aplenty for Yasemin Alpdogan, 19, who arrived 45 minutes before results could be collected and was delighted with her final grades.
She said: “I managed to get ABBC and I am now off to Leicester university to do biochemistry. I couldn’t be happier. Last year I did quite badly so I retook the year and now I have the results I wanted.”
Sixth form principal June Jarrett said: “Some of our high flyers were in early to collect their results. I am so proud of all our pupils and we hope that they can go on to achieve in any field, whether that be further education, apprenticeships or finding work.
“We expect the results to be on a par with last year.”
Many would be pleased with ABB results, but Ferhat Yaman just missed out on his dream to get into York University to study maths.
He said: “I am happy with what I got but my dream has always been to get into York University. I will give them a call today to see if there is any chance of getting a place through clearing but if not, I’ll be back at the college to get even better grades.”
Tottenham MP David Lammy visited the college to give his support and told the newspaper: “It takes me back to when I got my results, the nerves and anticipation.
“I am really, really pleased that here in the heart of Tottenham, talking to the people who are taking that important steps in their lives to go to universities all over the country.
“I think there are also a range of other options, here at the sixth form centre, there are a multiple of options and young people will be doing that as well.”