Results don’t get any better than this

Star student Matthew Thomas simply couldn’t do any better in his GCSE exams.

The delighted youngster, who attends the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle, earned a straight run of 11 A*s in every subject, much to the delight of his family in Morpeth.

“I had been revising hard so I was hopeful, but I never expected all A*s,” he said.

“It was really nerve-racking waiting for the results. I had been worrying all week. It was a really tough wait, but when I got them I was relieved. I was pleased that the hard work had paid off.”

Matthew will now begin A-Levels in maths, further maths, physics and chemistry, with the aim of going on to study astro physics or engineering at Oxbridge.

Kirsty Rickerby, from Belsay, also achieved all A* grades in her GCSE studies at Dame Allan’s Girls’ School, while Daniel Graham, of Morpeth, earned all A*s and As in the Boys’ School.