Top A-level physics student in the UK is from John Leggott College in Scunthorpe
AHIGH-flying student from Scunthorpe has achieved the highest grades in the country for A-Level Physics.
Rachael Martin, from Haxey, scored 600 out of 600 in her physics assessments during the last academic year, and is now studying physics at Oxford University.
She also claimed a prize from awarding body Salters Horners to mark the achievement.
Rachael achieved five A* grades following her two years at John Leggott College, in physics, chemistry, maths, further maths and an AS extended project.
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Rachael said: "I worked hard during the course because I knew I wanted to get into university but I hadn't realised I would get such a fantastic score.
"The teachers at John Leggott College are really supportive and I think they offered me all the help I needed to gain a thorough understanding of the subject.
"This definitely helped during the exams. I enjoyed physics so much that I am now studying it at Oxford University.
"I am not sure yet what career I'll pursue after my degree studies but I am just enjoying the challenge that higher level studies are presenting."
Her extraordinary A-Level results follow an equally impressive GCSE performance, where Rachael achieved 11 A* grades.
Director of the Salters Horners Advanced Physics (SHAP) Project, Elizabeth Swinbank, said: "John Leggott College has an impressive record of success with SHAP, and this is exemplified by the recent award made by our sponsors to Rachael Martin.
"Rachael is clearly a very able student and the outstanding exam score that led to her award must reflect both her aptitude for physics and her sustained effort throughout the course. She is to be congratulated on her success."
The Salters Horners Advanced Physics prize consists of a cheque, certificate and trophy, which were presented to Rachael at the College.
Richard Turkington, a physics teacher there, said: "Rachael was an extremely committed student who worked really hard to achieve such fantastic results.
"Whenever there was something she didn't understand, she would ask for help and do extra research outside the classroom to develop a thorough understanding of a complex science subject.
"I wish Rachael every success with her degree studies and a rewarding physics career."