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Monday, 22 September 2014

Pupils’ efforts to be praised

A-LEVEL results day always throws up a multitude of inspiring stories.

It can be easy to forget the hard work, dedication and inspiration that can be needed to study for these exams.

Older generations might claim that exams were harder in their day and that youngsters have it easier now than ever.

The truth, of course, is that A-Levels are a major challenge and any student gaining success of any kind should be congratulated.

In today’s Evening Mail we report on some inspirational young people who are a credit to themselves and their schools, communities and families.

Ellie Hird from Barrow was celebrating her results yesterday with her young son, Dominic.

Miss Hird was nine months pregnant when she sat her exams, went into labour hours after a lesson and now wants to be a midwife.

Daniel Young was a 2012 Golden Apple community involvement winner, volunteers at St Mary’s Hospice, the Bendrigg Trust, St John’s Ambulance and he worked in India this summer at an orphanage for disabled children.

He has achieved his dream to read medicine at the University of Liverpool.

Matthew Penellum from Millom achieved four A*s, well exceeding what he needed to secure his place at Cambridge University.

Three inspirational stories that show what can be achieved – but we are proud to highlight every student who has achieved A-Level success in our special eight-page supplement – well done, one and all.

For some, yesterday might have been a day of disappointment.

We must remember that these results do not have to shape the whole of a young person’s life – and worse than expected results are not the end of the world.

There are many routes to success – professional and personal – and academia is only one of them.

By North West Evening Mail
Published: August 16, 2013

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