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Meet the smartest boy in NI... with his five A*s

By Rebecca Black

Published 14/08/2015

Callum Canavan studied at Lumen Christi College in Derry
Callum Canavan studied at Lumen Christi College in Derry

The student believed to have done better than anyone else scored an incredible five A*s.

Callum Canavan (18), of Lumen Christi College in Londonderry, received his grades in physics, biology, chemistry, maths and further maths.

He is now looking forward to studying at Cambridge, where he will undertake a degree in natural sciences.

The top-scoring teenager said he was inspired by Belfast physicist John Stewart Bell, who challenged Einstein and went on to establish Bell's theorem.

He also told how he had worked really hard for his grades.

"It was a lot of work," Callum said. "Particularly for biology, there were a lot of things to remember."

Lumen Christi principal Siobhan McCauley said she was very proud of all her students.

The leading grammar school, which still opts for academic selection, saw 92% of its students obtaining at least three A*-C grades. It is sending three of its students to Cambridge this year.

"We are absolutely delighted with the results and extremely proud of all our students," the principal said. "Ninety-two achieved at least 3A*-C grades, with a third of the students also gaining an impressive 3As or more.

"The vast majority have already secured a university place of their choice, including three students who are off to Cambridge to read natural science and philosophy.

"These outstanding results are testament to the hard work of the students, dedication of the staff and tremendous support of parents."

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