EIGHTEEN-year-old Maddie Phillips was top of the class at Sutton Academy after collecting her A-Level results last week.
The Sutton youngster picked up an A* in English literature, as well as A grades in history and psychology.
Maddie told the Reporter: “I had been predicted three As but you can never be sure until you get your results. I think I was fearing the worst!
“I didn’t get any sleep the night before I picked up my results but I’m delighted with my grades. It makes all that hard work worthwhile.”
She added: “I’m going to the University of York now to study English literature and history. I don’t know what I want to do after that yet, but I’m looking forward to getting started at Uni.”
Meanwhile, Sutton Academy assistant vice principal Mark Entwistle explained that the school’s results this year marked another improvement – for the third year running.
He said: “I’m pleased to see the pattern of year-on-year improvement continuing. The average points score per entry is up too and it’s great to see our students accepted into their first choice places.
“The size of our sixth form has grown from 130 to 200 in the last three years too and the ability range is definitely on the up.
“I think the success is partly down to investment in the sixth form and a change in the curriculum too though. We’ve listened to our students and try to provide them with the courses they really want to study. If students are doing exactly what they want to be doing then they are more motivated and more likely to succeed.
“We won’t rest on our laurels now though.”
l Pictured: Jennifer Gaskell and Maddie Phillips