Modest pupil bags 12 A* grades

Whitburn C of E Academy GCSE 2012. Leon Pluviez
Whitburn C of E Academy GCSE 2012. Leon Pluviez
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MODEST Leon Pluviez is a star pupil – a dozen times over.

The 16-year-old bagged a spectacular 12 A* grades at GCSE yesterday.

The multi-instrumentalist, a pupil at Whitburn Church of England Academy, is now off to study music and maths at Eton College sixth form after his unprecedented exam success.

Leon said he was “surprised and delighted” at his results.

But Academy principal Alan Hardie heaped praise on the star pupil, calling him a “credit to the school”.

Leon, a percussionist who performers with Northern Sinfonia, scored top marks in a range of subjects, including biology, chemistry, physics, music, maths and history.

He said: ”I did not expect to get 12 A* but I am absolutely delighted, and my family is too.

“I had applied to Eton College and didn’t initially get a place.

“But they came back with an offer of the Lloyd Webber musical scholarship.

“I want to say a special thanks to all the staff who have helped and supported me over the last five years. They have been amazing.

“I’m not looking too far ahead but I’m hoping to eventually study at Oxbridge.”

Mr Hardie said: “Leon’s is an amazing achievement.

“He is such a lovely down-to-earth lad and so musically gifted.

“During his time with us he has added massively to the life of the school.”

l For GCSE reaction, facts and photos, see Pages 8 and 9.