DANIEL Maydew, 17, of The King Alfred School Academy (TKASA), has finished first in the English Schools AA Virtual Cross Country Championships.

The high-flying teenager has been running for Wells City Harriers since Year 8, spending most days of the week training.

Now his hard work has paid off with the prestigious title of England’s best.

Maydew’s sporting success is all the more impressive in light of his academic record, achieving straight A grades in his GCSE exams in 2020.

He is also progressing very well in his A Levels in Maths, English Literature and History at the Sixth Form.

Head of Sixth Form at TKASA, Jonathan Gaskell, said: “This is a tremendous achievement. Daniel is excelling in his sporting and academic activities, exhibiting great time management and organisational skills.

“Daniel is looking at becoming a primary school teacher in the future and he will clearly be a terrific role model for the next generation.”

Maydew follows in the footsteps of ex-TKASA student Luke Prior, who achieved his England international vest and was selected to join Team GB at the World Cross Championships in Kampala.