An Iraqi teenager studying at a Birmingham comprehensive has achieved one of the best GCSE results in the country, notching up 12 A-stars and one A grade.
King's Norton Boys' School pupil Ali Sharifi was not even around in person to collect his phenomenal results yesterday as he was on holiday with his family.
But the 16-year-old, who lives in Kings Norton, was described as a "genius" by the school's head teacher, Roy Baylis.
"With these results he is good at everything, but in maths he is not far short of what we call a genius.
"He is already doing A levels in the subject which is stretching the maths department to their limits."
Despite his astonishing results, Mr Baylis said Ali - who was born in Iraq - was a normal student who fitted in with other pupils at the school.
"He is a nice lad. Despite his brilliance, he will have a chat with you - he is very normal but he's just one of those lads that is good at whatever he does.
"He is also a good sportsman."
He plans to study maths at university.
Kings Norton saw a 62 per cent pass rate for GCSEs graded A* to C.