GCSE results day: Should students follow Margaret Thatcher’s lead and not jump for the cameras?

An excellent example of students jumping for joy for the camera - pupils at Springwood High School i

An excellent example of students jumping for joy for the camera - pupils at Springwood High School in King's Lynn collecting their A-Level exams results last week. Picture: Matthew Usher.

With thousands of teenagers across the region due to receive their GCSE grades tomorrow, an age-old issue has reared its head again: should they jump with joy for the cameras?

The lady's not for jumping: Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher said an interviewer's request th

The lady's not for jumping: Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher said an interviewer's request that she jump for the cameras was puerile. Photo: PA Wire - Credit: PA

For some, the tone was set by former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who resolutely refused to 'stand up and make a jump up in the air' during an interview for Swedish TV in 1995.

Lady Thatcher told interviewer Stina Lundberg Dabrowski: 'I shouldn't dream of doing that'.

When told that former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev had performed a jump, Lady Thatcher responded: 'You amaze me.'

The issue arose again during last week's A-level results celebrations, when some people on Twitter asked for photographers to find alternative ways of photographing students who had received good news.

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Steve Skipper tweeted: 'I wish photographers would find a more original way of shooting a small group of elated teenagers.'

However, one EDP photographer who told students she wanted to take a different type of photo was told that they wanted the traditional 'jump' image, and some schools who submitted their own photographs from results day included those with students mid-air.

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Teacher Colin Goffin tweeted: 'it's a rite of passage!'

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