Island School student on top of the world

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 March, 2011, 12:00am

A student at Hong Kong's Island School has scored the highest grade in the world in an international exam in English, the school said.

Christopher Lee Pak-to, 15, was crowned number one in the Cambridge IGCSE First Language English exam. The science student, who was born in Canada and returned to Hong Kong when he was a baby, said he was surprised at the results. 'I am happy. I didn't expect to perform so well,' he said.

He is the fourth city student to beat the world in an IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) exam. A student from Sha Tin College came top in mathematics and two from the French International School scored the highest marks in chemistry and Putonghua.

Christopher took the English test and 10 other subjects in the IGCSE exam last June. He scored A*, the top grade, for all 11 subjects. He is one of the three Year 12 students who scored straight A*s for all subjects in the exam.