A TEENAGER from a Worcestershire school has been celebrating after winning a national award for her GCSE grades.

Emily Allen, who did her exams at Bowbrook House School in Peopleton, was presented with the Whitbread Memorial Prize this month.

The 16-year-old was visited at her school by the chairman of the Independent Schools Association, Richard Walden, who handed her the award given to a pupil from an independent school who has achieved the highest points score in their GCSE results.

Miss Allen achieved 10 A*s in her GCSEs last summer and she also received the highest grade achievable, an A in further maths.

Sarah Harfield, deputy headteacher at Bowbrook House School, said: "I think the deciding factor might well have been that Emily was a genuine product of Bowbrook House School. Having started at three years of age and come all the way through the infants, juniors, middle and senior schools. Emily's results were a true reflection on her learning journey here at Bowbrook."

Richard Mills, senior tutor at Bowbrook, added: "It is always a pleasure when pupils do well whatever their ability but we are extremely proud of what Emily has achieved and for the school to receive this second National award from the Independent Schools Association is a testament to the hard work of all the pupils and the staff here at Bowbrook."