A student said she was "over the moon" after she scored 12 A*s in her GCSEs.
Claire Robson, 16, was top performer at Emmanuel College, Gateshead, which has been one of the North East's best state schools for many years.
After picking up her results, Claire, from Wardley, said: "I feel amazing. I'm over the moon.
"I did put a lot of effort into this."
She will stay at the college to study A-levels and wants to go on to university and become a psychologist.
Claire praised her teachers, saying: "I don't think I would have been able to get the results without them."