The Queen presented the top performing student from Lynn’s King Edward VII Sixth Form (KES) with the prestigious Royal Gold Medal for her achievements, despite English being her second language.
19-year-old Xuesong Yu, of Wisbech, scored A* grades in maths and further maths, and A grades in chemistry and physics. She was presented with the award at Sandringham following the Sunday morning church service.
Mike Douglass, headteacher, said: “Xuesong is an exceptional mathematician. She’s a very hard worker, very dedicated. She did really well at GCSE and just carried it on. We knew she was going to do well, she was so determined and meticulous in her approach.
“Her family were thrilled an it was an honour to be at the presentation.”
The teenager first moved to the UK in 2008 but never let the language barrier get in her way, scoring top GCSE results within a couple of years and going on to study at KES.
During her time at the school, she was also awarded the Nuffield Foundation bursary which gave her the opportunity to spend four weeks on a science project at the University of East Anglia’s forensic chemistry department. Xuesong has now returned to London’s Imperial College where she studies maths.