But, Berkhamsted students have every reason to commemorate their achievements.
Over 90% of students achieved grades A* to C - A* (14.7%) A (28.7%) B (33%) C (16%).
With the coronavirus pandemic preventing students from sitting exams this year, the results are based on teacher assessment grades which have been standardised.
Now students in England awaiting their exam results can keep their grades in mock exams if they are higher than the calculated grade, with regulator Ofqual asked to determine how and when valid mock results can be used.
Berkhamsted’s Principal, Mr Richard Backhouse, said: “This diligent cohort continued to aim high, with their learning and served each other by supporting their peers throughout this unprecedented time.
"The wellbeing of our students is a high priority for us, and never more so than during this pandemic.
"With stress being an acknowledged contributor to poor mental health, the lack of clarity and certainty provided by Government and Ofqual has been both unwelcome and unreasonable.
"Sixth Form pastoral staff, the school counsellors and chaplaincy will continue to provide this cohort with support and guidance that they need and deserve.”
Martin Walker, Head of Berkhamsted Sixth, said: “Students in 2020 have displayed flexibility and adaptability, resourcefulness and resilience like never before.
"They have embodied the School Values, committed to the curriculum and engaged with school life.
"We believe that this exceptional year group would have achieved even better results than those that they have been awarded and are making an appeal to try to ensure that the students get the grades that they deserve.
"However, we also know that the examination results only reflect one part of School life – the quality and breadth of this year group’s contributions in so many other areas have been striking.
"We are extremely proud of them all and wish them all the very best for the next step.”