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Top marks for Skelmersdale's brightest

Head girl and head boy make school proud with 33 GCSEs and three AS Levels

Mayumi Gillam (Head Girl) at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College, Skelmersdale gained 15 GCSEs with 9 A*/A grades.

Two of Skelmersdale’s brightest students are celebrating their exam success after gaining top marks in 33 GCSEs and three AS Levels between them.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College’s head boy Alex Lawson and head girl Mayumi Gillam were left jumping for joy after receiving their amazing results last Thursday.

Mayumi completed Year 11 with 15 GCSEs with nine A*/A grades and Alex finished with 17 A*/A graded GCSEs and three AS Levels. He also took GCSE Japanese for fun and gained a B.

Alex Lawson (Head Boy) at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College, Skelmersdale gained 17 A*/A grades and 3 AS Levels, including an A in Maths
 

He said: “We both began taking our GCSEs in Year 9, ensuring that we gained as many qualifications as possible to prepare us for our college courses.

“Taking courses early has given us a taste for success and made us aspire to achieve our very best results.

“Our results are important to both of us as they have given us a solid foundation for our future.”

The 16-year-olds juggled studying for their exams and playing important roles in the school.

Alex represented the school in successful productions of the Little Mermaid and The Wizard of Oz, as well as competing in the annual Extreme Physics competitions, making it to the national finals at Oxford University.

Mayumi has been making waves on the football field playing for Liverpool Ladies’ reserve team and the England women’s football feam.

She has been competing internationally throughout the year; the England team managed to get a third place in the Nordic Cup in Sweden, and the Liverpool team won the FA Youth Cup.

She said: “We are proud of what we have achieved and we encourage everyone to work hard because with dedication and commitment, anything is possible.

“It is thanks to our families and friends, the guidance from the staff in our school and the school’s philosophy of educating the whole person that has enabled us both to excel.”

Mayumi will be attending St. John Rigby Sixth Form College, studying law, psychology, biology and PE and Alex has decided to go to Runshaw College in Leyland to study biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and further mathematics and aims to go to Oxford University.

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