Although Natasha Daniels was too nervous to open the envelope containing her GCSE results, she need not have worried.
The 16-year-old was quickly assured by King Solomon High School headteacher Spencer Lewis that she had achieved A* grades in all 11 of her subjects.
"I was shaking and I didn't believe him at first," said Natasha, who lives in Gants Hill.
"I just had this feeling of elation." She was particularly pleased to achieve the highest grade in her maths exam and hopes to study medicine at university.