The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) has presented Rosie Shanbhag, from Guiseley and formerly a student a St Mary's Menston, with a prestigious Excellence Award as she achieved the highest marks nationally in the 2022 geography AQA A-level examinations.

The Society’s Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate the hard work and success of students who achieve the highest marks in the GCSE, IGCSE, A Level, Pre-U and International Baccalaureate geography examinations each year.

Professor Joe Smith, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), said: “Today’s young people have a keen interest in many key geographical issues, including climate change, and studying geography helps them to better understand the world’s people, places and environments, and how they are changing.

“The Society is delighted to recognise the outstanding success of these dedicated students. Our Excellence Awards reflect their hard work, the support of their geography teachers and parents, and the students’ curiosity about their world, which we hope they will carry with them into the future.”

The winning students each received a voucher from the Society.