Pen is as mighty as the sword for star fencer after she excels in her GCSE exams

Dated: 21/08/2014'GCSE JOY ... Girls from Church High and Central High celebrate their successful GCSE results for the last time before the schools merge to become Newcastle High School for Girls next month. Antonia Kulmasova from Church High. Ellie Hind #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

Dated: 21/08/2014'GCSE JOY ... Girls from Church High and Central High celebrate their successful GCSE results for the last time before the schools merge to become Newcastle High School for Girls next month. Antonia Kulmasova from Church High. Ellie Hind #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

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A star student has set herself up for the best start to sixth form with a straight run of A grades at GCSE.

Ellie Hind, of Milbourne, achieved all A grades in her exams this summer, including an impressive six A*s.

The youngster was one of 24 girls at Central High in Jesmond to achieve the feat.

She said: “It was really weird. I had thought about opening the envelope so many times, but when you actually do it and first look at the letters and figures it’s a bit daunting.

“I’m not sure what I want to do later on so I’m studying a mixture of AS subjects – chemistry, biology, history and PE.”

Ellie has been balancing her studies with sporting success and is a member of the Great Britain Under 17 Fencing team.

She hopes to continue the combination in the future.

“At the moment I am thinking of doing sports medicine at university, but it’s all a long way off,” she said.

Central High saw 33 per cent of its GCSE entries awarded A*s, 71 per cent were graded A* or A, and 91 per cent were A* to B.

Headmistress Hilary French said: “This is another set of excellent results and I am really pleased with the outstanding achievements of the girls.”