Abbie Leeson (18) from Mackworth is now heading to the University of Nottingham to study English and Creative Writing after clinching high grades at Derby College.
The former Murray Park School pupil achieved A* grades in English Literature and English Language and an A grade in Philosophy.
Abbie said: “It has been a scary few months because nothing like this has obviously ever happened before and none of us knew how it would all pan out.
“I have not been particularly worried because I know that I put the work in the whole two years and did well in the mocks so have been hopeful that this would hopefully be reflected in my results.
“For my EPQ I have published work on students’ mental health issues which is an issue close to my heart and has been very timely considering what has been going on.
“I am now looking forward to going to university. I gather there will be more of an element of virtual learning but it will be good to meet new people and make new friends.”