Is a Burnley student the brightest in Britain?
Probably ... after scoring a perfect five out of five in his A-level exams – with 100% marks across the board.
Asanish Kalyanasundaram is celebrating achieving the highest possible grades in maths, physics, chemistry, biology and critical thinking.
And he also received an A* grade in an Extended Project Qualification, following an 100 hour research topic and presentation after attending a summer school run by the Nuffield Foundation where he was able to work at the cutting edge of medical research.
He is now off to Cambridge to study medicine and says he is considering becoming a surgeon, but has not decided in which branch of medicine to specialise.
Asanish (18) is a former student of St Joseph’s Park Hill School in Padiham Road, Burnley.
He then went on to Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School where he soon showed great potential. In only his second year he gained an A* in GCSE maths and the following year an A* in statistics. He also achieved an FSMQ in additional maths, and an AS level in further maths in year 10.
A school spokesman said Asanish is one of the brightest and most unique students they have ever taught.
“Constantly in demand of a fresh challenge beyond his A level studies, Asanish has a unique intelligence and has made the most of the opportunities available to him both within and outside of school,” they said.
Asanish lives with his proud mother Sujatha in the Pendle Way area of Burnley and is looking forward to heading off to Cambridge in October.
He has another important date in his diary later in the year. He has recently gained the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award and in November is off to St James’s Palace in London to receive the award from the Duke, HRH Prince Philip, himself.
He has also been invited by Lancashire County Council to attend a reception for Gold Award winners. He said he was delighted with his results but has other interests, such as playing badminton, apart from his studies,