TWO A-level pupils have stood out as this year's outstanding candidates in the Uttoxeter area.
Thomas Alleyne's pupil Ella Kasperowicz was two marks off a 100 per cent overall score, while Denstone College's Meg Fairclough took home three A*s and an A, despite taking her exams a year early.
Ella, 18, will go to Falmouth University to study illustration.
Meg, who only turned 17 in June, is set for a place at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, where she will read psychological and behavioural sciences.
Ella, of Heron Drive, Uttoxeter, got full marks and A*s in art, photography and maths and was two marks off a perfect score in maths, in which she also got A*.
She said: "I am really chuffed as it is a nice achievement to have especially for art and I feel that everything I have done has been reflected.
"My parents are dead chuffed as well.
"A lot of hard work went into getting these grades and I am excited about going to university but it will be a big change."
However, the teenager will not be spending much time celebrating.
After getting her nails done with her mother, she will prepare for an exhibition of her artwork at Uttoxeter Town Hall tomorrow.
Ella will be showcasing the best of the town in her art show entitled Light Up Uttoxeter.
Meg, who is daughter of Abbotsholme School head teacher Steve Fairclough and lives on the site, said she was 'still on cloud nine'.
She said: "I've been a school year ahead of myself since I started at Abbotsholme as a child.
"That continued when I joined Denstone College sixth form.
"I don't think anyone thinks of me as being younger and older friends have helped me mature.
"What's happening now just feels amazing and I'm so relieved and a little surprised.
"I'm a daddy's girl and he's really proud of me, which means a lot.
"I've seen how Abbotsholme helps pupils with disabilities like dyslexia and that's inspired me.
"So I want to be an educational psychologist and help young people reach their potential.
"Now I can't wait to go to Cambridge."
Meg got A in art and A* in biology, psychology and English literature.