Hard work and a flair for maths all added up to a GCSE pass for Hightown girl Michelle Thewlis.
But it was no ordinary achievement, for Michelle is only 12 years old, and was just 11 when she sat the exam.
Michelle, of Eighth Avenue, Windy Bank, was delighted when she received her results last week which showed she had achieved a grade C in maths.
The youngster, who has two grown-up brothers, is home educated in maths by her dad Justin Thewlis, a computer programmer.
Michelle said: “My dad mentioned to me that I might be able to do my GCSE, so I thought I would.
“It’s not really my favourite subject, but I seem to be able to do it.
“It was quite difficult but I was so pleased that I had passed it. Now I want to do my higher paper when I am 14.
“My dad is a good teacher and I like being home schooled.”
Michelle’s grandma, Joan Marino, who also home educates her in some subjects, said: “Her parents Justin and Michaela and I are so proud of her. I started crying when she got her result.
“She works very hard and studied for her GCSE for a year. She may sit a science exam in a couple of years, and she wants to become a vet.”