Most of the 216 pupils at Small Heath School breathed a sigh of relief as their grades exceeded their expectations.
Shahella Parveen hopes to train as a doctor and was particularly relieved that she did well in biology, chemistry, physics and maths.
The 16-year-old said: "I got much better grades than I expected - eight As, one A* and two Bs. I was worried about my science marks because I knew I had to do particularly well in them. I'm really happy."
Rohima Khanom turned 16 on Wednesday, but it was only after her results yesterday that she felt she could celebrate.
She said: "I couldn't celebrate because I was so nervous. I'm pleased today though because I got two Cs in Islamic studies and textiles and an A* in Bengali. I worked hard and was nervous about the exams."
Hesham Yafai put his excellent results down to having a mentor at school. The 16-year-old from Small Heath said: "I'm absolutely delighted. I exceeded my expectations and got three A*s, six As and three Bs. I'm going to do A levels in English literature, history, economics and politics.
"The exams have been stressful. I managed though with the help of a mentor. All around me people were stressing. I was just hoping that I would get the results I knew I was capable of." Shane Bano's C grade for her re-take in maths means she can now study psychology A level.
The 17-year-old from Small Heath said: " I'm really pleased. I got a D last year."
Samera Azemet, aged 16, hardly slept because she was so worried her grades might stop her becoming a pharmacist. She said: "I was dreading getting my results all night - I hardly got any sleep. I was just hoping I'd get good marks. Now I'm going to study maths, English and science and become a pharmacist."