A top-achieving pupil from the private English-medium Redhill School is over the moon after scoring nine distinctions.
John Cokayne, who wrote the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) exams, received his results early on Wednesday.
He chose a demanding subject package which included physical sciences, advanced programme physics and information technology.
“I feel over the moon. I’ve been working towards this goal for so long because I realised that if I wanted to do well in matric, I needed to excel in younger grades while learning the foundations. I decided I wanted to do the best I possibly could in Grade 12.
“It required a lot of sacrifices, determination, late nights, willpower and working while all your friends are having fun. I suppose there’s a lot of relief that it wasn’t all for nothing.
“This year was quite difficult. Not as bad as last year, but I struggled. I am someone who definitely prefers to work at school, in the classroom, so not having that last year and the beginning of this year meant I was feeling a little out of sorts,” Cokayne said.