Teen on a high af­ter get­ting straight As

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A STU­DENT who sat her A-lev­els a year early is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter achiev­ing straight As.

Michaela Red­head, 17, who lives on Hey­bridge Lane in Prest­bury, achieved four A grades in bi­ol­ogy, psy­chol­ogy, ge­og­ra­phy and gen­eral stud­ies, as well as an A* in an Ex­tended Pro­ject Qual­i­fi­ca­tion, equiv­a­lent to half an A-level.

Her re­sults rank her among the Withing­ton Girls’ School’s top per­form­ers this year – no mean feat for some­one who sat her ex­ams a year be­fore she should have done.

She said: “My mum cried when I found out, as she al­ways does, but I was a bit an­noyed they weren’t all A* as I’m a per­fec­tion­ist!”

Also an ac­com­plished pi­ano player with a diploma in drama teach­ing, she hopes to study psy­chol­ogy at Durham Univer­sity af­ter a gap year and aims one day to be­come a per­form­ing arts psy­chol­o­gist.

She said: “Lots of mu­si­cians get stage fright and get into drugs and I would like to hope I could stop peo­ple do­ing that.”

Be­fore she be­gins study­ing again though, she is plan­ning a gap year abroad, tak­ing in Fe­bru­ary’s Rio Car­ni­val in Brazil, Namibia, Capetown in South Africa, Fiji, Bali and Amer­ica.

Talk­ing about her plans to work for a sanc­tu­ary for aban­doned an­i­mals in Namibia, she said: “I love an­i­mals and am hop­ing to learn about an­i­mal psy­chol­ogy there.”

In Fiji she plans to teach and stay with lo­cals in their homes, with a more adrenalin fu­elled stay planned in South Africa, in­clud­ing cage div­ing with Great White sharks.

Cur­rently work­ing as a leisure as­sis­tant at Mottram Hall, the multi-tal­ented teenager, who is also a three quar­ter black belt kick­boxer, said: “I can’t wait but at the mo­ment I’m sav­ing hard as I’ll need about £10,000 to fund my trip.”

●● Michaela Red­head achieved A and A* grades in her A-lev­els de­spite tak­ing them a year early

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