Student’s winning appliance of science

Gavin Young, of Cavendish Road in St Annes

Gavin Young, of Cavendish Road in St Annes

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WHAT an explosive result!

This bright spark has achieved the top mark in the country in this year’s A-Level chemistry exams.

Gavin Young, who clocked up a jaw-dropping six A*s in his final exams earlier this year, is now officially the brainiest chemistry student in the UK.

Gavin, 18, is studying the subject at Oxford University and says it was a big shock when he found out he had achieved the highest mark.

He said: “It was completely unexpected, it was a really pleasant surprise when I received the letter saying I was top of the list, a great feeling.

“I haven’t mentioned it to the chemistry department at Oxford because I was already back home for Christmas when I found out. I might mention it now.”

Gavin, a former St Mary’s Catholic College student, picked up a clean sweep of six dazzling A*s in physics, maths, Latin, religious studies, general studies and chemistry.

But the science boffin says chemistry has always been his favourite subject.

He said: “I enjoy the challenge and the fact it seems relevant to all sorts of different areas of the world we live in and the challenges we are facing.

“A lot of things seem to have an aspect that can be related to chemistry more so than people realise I think.

“I hadn’t realised before I went to Oxford how it was involved in aspects of technology and physics.”

Gavin, of Cavendish Road, St Annes, said has enjoyed his first term at one of England’s top universities.

He added: “The course is great, it is a step up from A-Level but not too challenging yet.

“I am enjoying it down in Oxford as well, it is a really nice place to study and live.”