A young student is celebrating top grades in her GCSEs.
Carla Melaco was on holiday while her classmates were collecting their results at Monkseaton High School.
But the 16-year-old was left delighted at her results, which saw her pick up a A^ in Further Maths (placing her in the top one per cent in the country), ten A*s and two As.
Carla is now studying A-levels in English Literature, maths, French and Spanish at the school.
She is hoping to continue her acting career, which has seen her appear in ITV hit drama ‘Vera’.
And along with her brother, they were each awarded £150 from the Rotary Club following their successful auditions and subsequent performance in Youth Music Theatre, performing at Sadlers Wells in London and The Barbican Theatre in Plymouth.
Carla is also on the advanced training programme at Dance City in Newcastle, where she has been studying since she was 11.