A Burntwood student who has been battling bowel cancer is celebrating after securing nine GCSE A* grades.
Stephen Sutton from Chase Terrace Technology College was advised not to take his exams after undergoing emergency surgery after being diagnosed with bowel cancer a year ago.
Despite undergoing chemotherapy sessions for three days in every fortnight, Stephen – who is now in remission – was able to secure top marks – and even added an A grade in AS Maths and a further three A grades GCSEfor good measure.
Headteacher Stuart Jones said:
“Stephen’s resilience and determination were absolutely incredible. He simply would not allow the treatment to undermine his ability to gain the grades that he wanted.”
Overall, Chase Terrace Technology College saw 77 per cent of students gain five or more high grades at GCSE, with Dr Jones celebrating the high number of A* grades achieved.
Along with Stephen, top performers included:
- Alex Hunter – 7 A* and 3 A grades at GCSE, together with A grades in both AS level Maths and AS RE.
- Jack Randall – 8 A* and 3 A grades at GCSE, AS level RE grade A and AS Maths at B.
- Hayley Anthony – 6 A* and 3 A grades at GCSE, AS level Music C and Maths C.
- Adam Coles – 5 A* and 4 A grades at GCSE, AS level RE B and Maths C.
- Louisa Broadhead – 4 A* and 5 A grades at GCSE, AS Maths C and RE C.
- Ashley Haney – 2 A* and 6 A grades at GCSE and a grade A in AS level Maths.
Other students gaining 8 A*/A grades at GCSE were Laura Schmidt, Chris Bullock, Jessica Gilbert, Jessica Marston and Chloe Howard.