A SINGLE mother-of-two with a head for figures has been awarded the top mark in the country in an accounting exam.

Bishop Auckland College student Louise Tron, 25, sat her GCSE exam on her way to fulfilling her dream of working as an accountant.

After passing with flying colours, she is now studying Association of Accounting Technicians Level 3.

She said: "I have always wanted to be an accountant but, like a lot of kids, I didn't make the most of my days at school.

"After having my children, I decided to do something about fulfilling my ambition. This result has given me a great boost of confidence, and I feel one day I will realise my ambition."

Accounts lecturer Ian Wass said: "Louise deserves the success given her continued hard work."