A HONLEY High School student has achieved the unthinkable.
Gifted Freya Smith opened her GCSE results yesterday morning to reveal that she has now notched up a record breaking 17 A*s – believed to be the highest amount ever achieved.
The Government does not compile figures as different exam boards are involved but a search of the internet reveals the best result is from someone who achieved 16 A*s in 2009.
The Meltham girl took her first exam at just aged 13, which she described as a very daunting experience.
She continued to take two GCSEs a year and then she sat 12 more earlier this summer.
Despite her incredible achievement, Freya – who one day hopes to study medicine at Cambridge – said she is “just a normal teenager.”
“I took my music GCSE in year eight and was surrounded by lots of people who seemed to know what they were doing more than I did,’’ she said.
“In year nine, I took French and Resistant Materials followed by Latin and Statistics in year 10.
“I really wasn’t sure how I had done and was counting down to results day. As soon as I saw the results I was over the moon.
“It hasn’t been that difficult to fit everything in and I have a pretty balanced lifestyle.
“I am just a normal teenager and love going out socialising with my friends.
Honley High head girl Freya received a Grade 8 distinction in oboe at aged 14 and was awarded her a Grade 8 distinction in piano a year later.
Her passion for music has seen her travel across the UK with the National Children’s Orchestra. She is now the principal oboist within the Kirklees Youth Orchestra.
She continued: “I have loved Honley High School and will really miss all the teachers – they have been so supportive.
“I am going on to Greenhead College to study biology, physics, chemistry, maths and music.
“Yesterday was a very happy day and my friends all did really well too. We were all really excited and surprised with our results and we are looking forward to the celebrations before we go on to Greenhead College.”
Freya’s mum Jill Brook said: “I am extremely proud of her. Everyone at Honley has done so well – the staff have been excellent.”
Honley High School headteacher Chris Sylge said: “I am totally in awe of Freya’s achievements, although I am not actually that surprised as I know what a talent she is in so many disciplines.
“She is an extraordinarily gifted and motivated student whose career I shall follow with interest.”
Freya wasn’t the only high-flyer at Honley as head boy Charlie Slater was awarded an amazing 13 A*s.