Maths fan celebrates six 'A' grades

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Maths fan Emma Davies celebrated six A grades at A-level today.

The 18-year-old, from Walsall, West Midlands, said she was delighted after achieving top marks in maths, further maths, chemistry, physics, biology and general studies.

Emma, a pupil at King Edward VI High School for Girls in Birmingham now plans to study her favourite subject at Oxford, and puts her success down to hard work and good teaching.

She said: "It was a lot of subjects to carry at once but I really enjoyed them so I kept them all going.

"I'm delighted. I thought the papers had gone quite well but I did not expect to get the grades necessarily. It's brilliant, just fantastic."

Emma said she was looking forward to celebrating with friends in Paris before settling down to her maths degree.

Her mother Andrea Davies added: "We're so proud of her, she's done fantastically well."

Emma is one of a growing number of teenagers at the independent school in Edgbaston who achieved A grades.

The percentage of those who scored the top mark increased by 7 per cent this year to 77.3 per cent, and the number of pupils who achieved A or B grades rose by 5.7 per cent to 95.7 per cent.

Headteacher Sarah Evans said the results mirrored the national trend, and added that exams were often down to luck on the day.

"I am delighted with the results," she said. "They have done really well. We have got a number of best marks in the country for a range of subjects.

"Exam results are always a bit of a lottery. The school is academically selective so they are bright girls and they always do well."

Ruth Hobbs, 18, was celebrating five grade As, as well as two As at AS-level.

The student, from Harborne, Birmingham, took English, Spanish, maths, further maths and general studies at A-level, and critical thinking at AS-level. She achieved an A in AS-level physics last year.

"It's great," she said. "With further maths I found it difficult so I did so much work on that.

"That result was a surprise. The others I knew I could do but it was whether I could pull it off on the day."

Miss Hobbs will study English at Oxford.