One of Spalding Grammar School’s top 12, Neel Desai, is heading for UCL to study pharmacy.
He was an early-bird checking UCAS and got the great news he had secured his university place.
Neel said: “My family were relieved and happy. Mum started crying. I think it was more of a relief for them than it was for me.”
He’s getting a student loan to help with studies, but knows it will be tough in the nation’s capital city.
“London’s an expensive place to live,” he says.
Neel’s A* is in chemistry and he has As in biology and maths.