A student who has won a string of prizes during his time at Derby Grammar School has scooped another accolade after becoming one of the top achievers on A-level results day.

Elliot Butterworth achieved A*s in Maths, Physics and Further Maths and will now go on to study Physics at Manchester University.

He said: “I want to experience lots of different things at university and on my degree so I find something that I really enjoy and which could become my career path.

“I did work experience at the QMC and the City of Nottingham hospitals last year. I worked in radiotherapy where I spent time with the physicists looking at CAT and PET scans. I also looked at the treatment of cancers and I found it all very interesting. It opened my eyes to some of the career possibilities there are with a physics degree, some of which I’d not thought about before. I’d love to go into research.”

The 18-year-old, from Etwall, visited the House of Lords last year to pick up a top national prize which was open to thousands of students across the country.

He was awarded the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Whitbread Memorial Prize 2017 by Lord Lexden, President of the ISA.

The prize recognises and celebrates outstanding involvement in, and service to, the wider aspect of school and community life; in conjunction with achieving academic excellence in GCSE results. It is open to 440 schools and 5,000 students across the country.

Elliot achieved a Gold award in the British Physics Olympiad in 2016 with his mark in the examination paper ranking in the top 10 of all entrants across the UK. He was also a finalist in the UK Space Design team event in 2018.

He also played hockey and rugby for Derby Grammar School and was a member of the school’s choir and award-winning Barbershop Choir. He played in the school’s Swing Band and collected his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in May this year from HRH The Earl of Wessex.

The teenager travelled to Tanzania last summer as part of the school’s Tanzania Project. In the run up to the event, along with other sixth formers, he played a key role in helping to co-ordinate fundraising activities.

Dr Ruth Norris, headteacher, said: “Elliot is a truly outstanding pupil and a strong role model for all of our Derby Grammar School pupils. He has achieved tremendous academic success but has also seen the importance of developing himself as a well-rounded person, throwing himself into every co-curricular opportunity that we offer. There is no doubt that Elliot leaves Derby Grammar School world-ready and we will watch his career with interest.”