One school dominated the category for Star Pupil with the final shortlist all drawn from the same school - Sheffield’s Yewlands Academy.
Three friends who all produced excellent results in this year’s GCSEs went head to head with each having a good case for taking the title.
Sophie Callaghan, Natasha Wasden and Amy Ollernshaw all waited with bated breath for the judges’ verdict.
Winner on the night was 16-year-old Sophie, who is now studying A-levels in history, geography, theology and English literature at All Saints RC High School.
Sophie, from Wadsley Bridge, admitted she had achieved way beyond her own expectations with four A*s, two As and four B grades.
One of her teachers wrote on the nomination: “Sophie’s results were achieved against a background of low self belief in her own ability, although the school never doubted she would acheive excellent GCSE results.
“Her determination and attitude to push herself is a credit to her and she can now look forward to the future with confidence.”
Sophie said she had been delighted with her results which had not come easily to her.
“I worked hard, really hard, in fact I revised non-stop before the exams,” she said.
“I just kept going at it, I wanted to do my best. It’s been strange to win tonight as Amy and Natasha are really good friends of mine and it was good of our teachers to nominate us.”
Sophie said she hoped to go on to university and her ambition was to become a teacher.
“It’s been all change at Yewlands since it became a new academy and the changes have been for the better - I think it’s now a school on the up,” she said.
“There’s been a change in the uniform and the atmosphere is different. It’s a lovely school which has been through some difficult times but that’s now behind us.”
Natasha was praised as a credit to her school, achieving ten A* and A grades while playing a full part in school life. Amy was said to have a ‘never give up’ attitude.
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