Two teens have topped the 2011 GCSE roll of honour by scooping an astonishing 15 A*s each in their exams.
School pals Stephanie Ford, 16, and Beth Smith, 16, amassed a staggering total of 30 GCSEs between them – all with the top grade.
The schoolgirls picked up their results at non-fee paying Skipton Girls School this morning. Clever Stephanie, of Burley-in-Wharfedale, West Yorkshire, even took a GCSE in Astronomy and is hoping to follow TV scientist Brian Cox into a career as a physicist.
The delighted teenager said: ‘I suppose I have been inspired by Brian Cox. My school offered a GCSE in Astronomy for the first time this year and I was so excited to study it.
‘I couldn’t believe it when I opened my results’ envelope at school. I just looked at it for five minutes thinking, ‘really, is that right?’ I can’t believe I’ve got among the best results in the country.
‘I would love to go to Oxford University when I have finished my A-Levels.’
Stephanie, who describes herself as a ‘nerd’, obtained her impressive total in Maths, Statistics, English Language, English Literature, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Art, Astronomy, German, French, Media Studies, Dual Award Engineering along with two short courses in IT and Religious Education – adding up to a full GCSE.
She also found time to sit AS Levels in French and Maths this year, gaining two As, and will study A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and English Literature next year. Proud parents Fiona Prest and Stephan Ford are both Cambridge graduates who have taken up teaching after both being lawyers.
Stephanie said: ‘Everyone in my family went to Cambridge so I would love to go to Oxford.
‘I want to go to university, no matter how expensive it is. You can’t have a career in physics without the qualifications. ‘It would be amazing to do research physics.
‘I am the nerd in my family. I just concentrated in lessons and if I didn’t understand, I knew I had to work on that.’
Delighted Beth scored A*s in English Language, English Literature, Maths, Statistics, Astronomy, French, Geography, PE, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Media Studies, Dual Award Engineering and short courses in IT and Religious Education.
Beth, who hopes to study to be a vet at Cambridge, said: ‘My mum has not stopped crying since I told her.
‘I was over the moon. I didn’t know what to do or say but it’s absolutely amazing to think we could be topping the results table.’
Beth, who also sat an AS Level in Maths this year, will stay on at Skipton Girls School to study A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Geography, French and Maths. She said: ‘I’ve always loved animals and my dream would be to study to be a vet at Cambridge.’ Head teacher Jan Renou said: ‘I am absolutely delighted for the girls. They are unassuming, lovely girls and are the supreme champions. ‘They have already proven they are way beyond GCSE A*s.’