Emma Harris turns sixteen today and received the best possible present - 11 A*s in her GCSE results. The brainy teen said she was overwhelmed by her achievement, relieved and delighted to make her mum proud.
She was handed a clutch of helium balloons as she collected her results at her independent school, Brighton College. She said:
Right now it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. My mum is really proud of me
Emma plans to go on to study English, Latin, history and French at A-level. She said her success was made even sweeter as her grades coincided with the first ever fall in GCSE results in 24-years.
The marks were what I was predicted but I was still quite surprised because it was a big ask. I feel amazing. It's a really good birthday present. I feel good that my grades haven't gone down where it looks as if other people's have.
She is planning to celebrate her stellar achievement by going to see Matilda The Musical in London.
Even Emma's stunning results though were eclipsed by Freya Smith, the head girl at Honley High School, a state school in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire, who celebrated 16 A* and a distinction in her ICT exam, the highest possible mark in that subject.
Freya said she was "over the moon" at the clean sweep, which is believed to be the best in the country. The 16-year-old is now looking forward to taking five A-levels and, hopefully, a career as a doctor.