We had all assumed dd2 had not passed so did not wait in for the postman. Dd2 didn't even want to open the letter, she wasn't bothered.
It took me a while to work out that she was likely to have a chance of getting a place. It took friends a while to persuade me we were in the inner area. This forum was invaluable, the stats were useful and very accurate. So she came xth out of x00 who took the exam, with a score of y, which was higher (just) than previous years pass mark. However, once you have the results, you then can't wait till March to find out which school you've been allocated. It's a long year and I'm extremely glad it's over.
Don't all shout at me; what date in October do you get results? This forum will be inundated.