A STUDENT with a passion for engineering has scooped a science award for his outstanding A-level results.

Jack Cooper, 18, from Wrexham, won the annual Synthite science award for his impressive efforts in science at Alun School, Mold.

Sponsored by the Mold-based chemicals firm, the prize goes to the student who has demonstrated exceptional effort in the subject over the previous 12 months.

After obtaining A* grades in mathematics, physics and chemistry, as well as an A in further mathematics, Jack is now embarking on a five-year degree course in engineering design at the University of Bristol.

He said: "I'd say the teachers at Alun really helped working personally with students as everybody learns differently.

"I knew I could always contact my teachers and discuss things further with them if I needed to or if I took an interest in a particular area I could do that."

Jack is the latest in his family to attend university in his family, following in the footsteps of his brother and both his parents.

The former St Joseph's High School, Wrexham, pupil said he was enjoying life on campus so far and looked forward to the year in industry his course would offer.

"It's hard work but I'm only a term in and it's been rewarding so far," he said.

"The course lets me see where I want to go really and I've come into it with quite an open mind career-wise but I'm glad to be doing something that I've always been interested in and felt I'm best at.

"I'm really enjoying being in lectures on subjects that I'm fully invested in and doing extra research into these areas."

Keith Polden, general manager of operations at Synthite, said: "I'm pleased to see our annual prize go to a clearly exceptional student in Jack.

"Securing a place at a leading university such as Bristol is a significant achievement and Jack has access to top class facilities.

"This award has been running for a number of years and we hope to continue seeing young people on their way to a successful career in science."

Synthite has operated from Alyn Works, Denbigh Road, Mold, since the 1950s. It employs 120 people.

Its main product is formaldehyde, a basic building block of the chemical industry. Formaldehyde is used in the manufacture of a vast array of everyday goods, ranging from cosmetics to furniture and floorboards.