Lisa Hall, 18, produced the sets for three major school productions during the final year of her A-level course.
Yet she was awarded A grades in Art, Art History, English Language, Economics, Business Studies and General Studies. Most candidates take only three A-levels.
Now, Lisa, a pupil at Colchester County High School for Girls, an Essex grammar school, will do an art foundation course before heading for an art and design degree course.
Unlike many other bright teenagers who collected strings of A grades yesterday, she is not aiming for Oxbridge but for Nottingham Trent, one of the newest universities, which has a course in television production and design.
She said: "I didn't work all the time - about two hours a night. But I did work throughout the two years instead of leaving it all until the last minute and I had an amazing amount of support from teachers and my friends."
She has just returned from a month-long school trip to Ecuador, where she climbed mountains, went white-water rafting and helped renovate a village hall by painting murals. All the planning and fund-raising for the Ecuador trip was done while she was studying for her exams.
Lisa is an only child and her parents, Hilary and Robert, both graduates of Bristol University, said that they were delighted.
Students in other parts of the country also scored six As. Elaine Macdonald, from Nailsea Comprehensive School, in north Somerset, will go to Cambridge to read medicine after being awarded the top grade in Physics, Chemistry, German, Maths, Further Maths and General Studies.
She challenged the idea that A-level standards were slipping. "I know how much hard work I had to put in to get these results. A-levels are so well-regulated that I don't think it is possible for standards to fall that much." In Oxfordshire, Matthew Lloyd, 18, who attends Abingdon School, an independent, has six As after adding As in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Electronics to those he gained in Maths, three years ago, and Further Maths, two years ago. Matthew, who is going to Queen's College, Cambridge to read Computer Science, produced a school play, Another Country, and carried on playing the piano and singing in a rock band while he studied. The band's name, Judd's Paradox, is taken from a line in the play. "We don't have any conscious influences but I suppose we sound quite like Radiohead, who also went to Abingdon School," he said. He finds the prospect of a job in the computer industry unexciting. "If I was good enough singer I would like to do that for the rest of my life but I don't think I am."
For some of the year he was so busy that he was averaging between four and five hours' sleep a night.
He attributed his success to the extra help he received in both Maths and English when he was young.
Kathryn Huish, 18, from Heswall, who also gained six grade As, is to follow in her parents' footsteps and study for a Maths degree at Cambridge.
Kathryn, from Birkenhead High School, on the Wirral, Merseyside, who achieved A grades in Physics, Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Information Technology and General Studies, said she would be studying at St Catharine's, her father's old college.
She was also awarded a distinction in her General Studies spoken English.
One of the youngest pupils to pass an A-level is thought to be a 12-year- old boy from Harrow, in north London. Priyesh Patel achieved a grade C in Computing at Ryde College, in London.
At Dame Allan's School, in Newcastle upon Tyne, five pupils who have all been awarded five A-levels all want to become doctors.
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