A Bedlington teenager was among this year’s star GCSE pupils.
Laura Neill achieved what is known as an A-hat in further maths – this is the equivalent of an A**.
She also received eight A* grades and an A to go with the A* for French that she did a year early in her own time.
The 16-year-old, a pupil at Dame Allan’s Schools in Newcastle, said: “I worked really hard for my GCSE examinations.
“I found some of the mock papers very difficult, so I wasn’t expecting to do this well at all.
“I’m looking forward to coming back to Dame Allan’s for Sixth Form. I plan to study maths, physics, chemistry and economics for my A-levels.”
Laura also captained the Dame Allan’s Schools’ squash team to be age group national champions for two years in a row.