"She's done fantastically well and she's really breaking down barriers."
GCSE student Aaminah Riaz already has a bright future as she has already been offered a job.
Despite concerns about the difficulty of the new exams, there was a slight increase in the GCSE pass rate and the percentage of top grades in 2019.
The pass rate increased to 67.3% in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, up 0.4 percentage points from 2018.
Aaminah was one of the highest achievers at Essa Academy in Bolton. She managed to get two grade 9s and five grade 8s.
Hamza Awais also got excellent grades, achieving four grade 9s and two grade 8s.
One of the grade 9s that Aaminah achieved was in physics and it has left the principal, Mr Knowles, so impressed that he has already offered her a job in the future.
Mr Knowles took the GCSE student to one side and told her that if she continues physics all the way to university, he will give her a job as a physics teacher.
He said: “She’s done fantastically well and she’s really breaking down barriers.
“I’ve told her if she goes away to university and comes back when she’s 21, there’s a job for her here.”
A smiling Aaminah responded to her future job offer:
“It’s surreal. Physics has never been my strong point, it’s always been chemistry or biology, so to get a 9 and for him to say that is unreal.
“Overall, I think I’ve done really really well and I’m really proud of myself.”
“All the work I’ve put in has just paid off. It was such a stress and I just worked as hard as I could knowing I had a long summer ahead of me and it’s all paid off. I’m really really pleased.
“I’m really proud of myself. All the work that I’ve put in has paid off.”
Aaminah did not even think about physics when it came to her higher education but she revealed she may need to consider her options after the job offer.
“I was going to Bolton Sixth Form to do A-Levels in biology, chemistry and maths, but I’m thinking about physics now.”
High achiever Hamza admitted that he was nervous about receiving his results. Even after his results, it took him a few hours to come to terms with them. He is hoping to go into medicine.
He told The Bolton News: “I threw up this morning I was that nervous. I’m still nervous now. It hasn’t sunk in yet.
“It feels unreal. I’ve done much better than I thought I would.”