GCSEs: Michael makes the grade

PUBLISHED: 13:23 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 15 June 2010

AXE Valley Community College student Michael Ridgewell proved he really is a star pupil with his GCSE results.

AXE Valley Community College student Michael Ridgewell proved he really is a star pupil with his GCSE results.The sixteen-year-old gained six A*s, five As and a B. He will now go on to study A levels in German, physics, maths and chemistry at Colyton Grammar School.He said: "I'm surprised. I wasn't expecting to do that well. All the hard work paid off in the end."Annabelle Searle opened her results envelope with trembling hands but was delighted to discover she had gained one A*, 10 As and two Bs.She plans to stay on at the college and take A levels in biology, maths, art and drama to combine her creative and academic side.She said: "I'm over the moon. This morning I was shaking and couldn't open the envelope. I was expecting these grades but I had my doubts. "This morning I was preparing myself for a let down. It's a huge relief."An anxious Tom Smith decided to open his results at home.He said: "I'm a little bit apprehensive. I want to show my stepdad. "I'd rather he looked first."Colyton Grammar School pupil Jonathan Dower, 15, achieved an incredible 11 A*s. He said: "To say I'm happy would be an understatement. I'm really amazed. I didn't expect to get such good results."I worked pretty hard and the teaching is brilliant at the school. I will now stay on to study English, history, geography and physics. I wanted to do a science subject to keep the range up. I'd like to go to university and event-ually get into journa- lism.

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