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Lincoln teen scoops top geography mark in the UK

Lincoln teenager Melissa Bush has won a prize for scoring the best A Level Geography result in the whole country.

The former Branston Community Academy pupil was recognised for her outstanding achievement by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) after achieving a perfect 400 out of 400 in the geography exam she sat in the summer of 2013.

Melissa (18) was one of just three pupils in England to receive the award. The other two were from Birmingham and Newcastle.

She studied at the academy near Lincoln for seven years and is now reading modern history at the University of Leeds.

The winning students each received a cash award and certificate from RGS.

The Excellence Awards are given to highest achieving pupils in their GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, International Baccalaureate and Pre-U exams.

Headteacher Peter Beighton said the staff and fellow pupils were proud and delighted with Melissa’s award.

“We encourage all our pupils to strive for the best possible results they can but Melissa’s performance is truly remarkable,” he said.

“To have nurtured a student who has achieved the best score in the whole of the country makes us very proud and is testament to the incredible hard work of Melissa and the teachers.

“We are confident Melissa will take that commitment and passion for learning into her university studies and will accomplish much in her life.”

Steve Brace, RGS Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, said: “It is a real pleasure to celebrate the work of Britain’s next generation of geographers. This is a significant achievement for all pupils receiving awards, as well as for their teachers.”