A student who scored 100% in each of her six mathematics exams will study in her home city – after being turned down by Oxford University.
Nuha Tumia, who scooped three A* grades, will start her degree in computer science at the University of Bristol in September.
The 18-year-old, from Whitchurch, Bristol, applied to study the course at Oxford but was rejected following an interview there.
She scored top marks in her core mathematics exam, two further mathematics exams, two statistics exams and decision mathematics.
“I almost dropped further maths at the start of last year,” Nuha, who studied at state school St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School in Bristol, said.
“I thought I wasn’t good enough – I couldn’t be happier today. I was so shocked when I opened the envelope. I always knew I was good at maths but I never really enjoyed it until Sixth Form.
“I applied to Oxford to study computer science and I was rejected after interview. I’m happy to stay in Bristol though, I like Bristol and I’m going to stay at home.”
Nuha was celebrating her success with fellow students including Justyna Dombek and Tom Bentley.
Justyna, 18, from Withywood, Bristol, will study medicine at Birmingham University after achieving two A* and one A.
“The exams were horrible this year,” she said. “I thought they made them quite difficult but it turns out they didn’t go that badly. I’m very happy with my results.
“It’s a double celebration for my family tonight because it is my sister’s birthday too.”
Justyna’s sister, Joanna, 20, is studying paramedic science at Birmingham University. Her mother, Maggie, is a nurse.
“I always knew I wanted to become a doctor,” she added. “It was either this or nothing.”
Tom, 18, from Bishopston, Bristol, will study medicine at Oxford University’s Trinity College after scooping three A* grades.
“I’m delighted,” he said. “I always hoped I would get the grades but it is a really nice thing to have them.
“I am really grateful to the school for all the help they have given me. It is great to have this opportunity because I never thought I would get it.”
St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School had a 99% pass rate and an 80% pass rate at grade C or above.
Six students from the school, in the centre of Bristol, have places at Oxford or Cambridge while five will study medicine.
“Like Team GB in the Olympics it is great to see young people achieving personal bests when it matters and shedding tears of joy and sharing hugs,” headteacher Elisabeth Gilpin said.
“We also feel we build on the good teaching that these students have had in their previous schools where they studied GCSEs and we want to pay tribute to the teachers there as well as our own staff.”