My dd had her last ever day of compulsory education on Friday. She is now officially on study leave, but exams started yesterday so there is not so much of the leave involved. Eight examinations this week, but dd seems remarkably serene.
We also had a trip to the orthodontist's last week, at which the orthodontist announced he would take off her braces right there and then! We weren't expecting this till the end of June at the earliest, so my dd was overjoyed. It has been two years with the braces, but the results look impressive, and it was very nice to see her happy smiles in all the leaving photos taken at school last week. But sorry, authorisation has not been given to post any on teh Internets. You'll just have to take my word for it :-)
Braces off, exams on. Now she just has to decide on her next move - she's been offered places at two Sixth forms. How nice to have choices.