STAR student Helen Wyncoll is shining bright as she celebrates a string of top grades at A-Level.
The talented Morpeth pupil has scored no fewer than five A* grades in the exams to come top of her class at King Edward VI School.
Her outstanding success came in physics, chemistry, maths, further maths and general studies.
It was a welcome surprise when Helen opened her results last Thursday.
“I’m definitely pleased with those results, I don’t think I expected that at all,” she said.
“I was nervous getting the results. Because I have been away for a while and only came back on Tuesday evening I hadn’t had a build up of nervousness in the week building up to the results coming out so it hit me all at once.
“I just worked hard for the exams and I’m glad it has paid off. My family are very pleased.”
However, the celebrations were tempered by the news that despite Helen’s remarkable achievement, she had still not guaranteed her place at Cambridge University.
In addition to her five A-Level exams, the hard-working pupil had to take a further two papers to secure a place on a maths course at the university and had narrowly missed out on the required grade for one of them.
“It feels weird,” she said.
“I’m really happy with my results, but I’m also still a bit nervous. Although I would be happy to go anywhere, I just want to know where I’m going.”
The story has a happy ending however, as later in the day Helen was told that she had been accepted at Cambridge after all.
l A-Level results, Pages 8 and 9