Double celebration for Barrow student mum
Last updated at 16:53, Friday, 16 August 2013
New mum Ellie Hird received a loving cuddle from her six-month-old son, Dominic, when she collected an A in maths and a B in biology at Barrow Sixth Form College.
The dedicated Barrow student sat some of her exams while nine months pregnant – achieving As – and she gave birth around a week later, hours after attending a biology class.
The 19-year-old returned to college about two weeks after having Dominic for one-to-one catch up lessons, before returning to full-time classes after around six weeks.
Miss Hird, who plans to study for a midwifery degree in 2014, said: “I’m really chuffed with my results. I definitely couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and college.
My partner, my parents, my partner’s parents have all been very supportive, and the college staff have been brilliant.”
“When I sat my January exams in biology and maths it was one week off my due date.
“I had a special chair so I could reach the desk with my bump.
“The exams were so close to my due date and I was desperate to do them before I had Dominic.”
Miss Hird had attended biology class and had twinges – and 14 hours later Dominic was born.
Biology teacher Ann Boardman said Miss Hird is “a star” and was determined to get back to full-time lessons.
Dolice Caulfield was overjoyed to learn she had achieved two A*s and an A and a medicine place at Bristol University. The 18-year-old, of Barrow, said: “I’m really excited and shocked. It’s been a dream of mine to study medicine.”
Lorna Sharpe was overwhelmed with her two A*s and an A and securing her place at King’s College London to study neuroscience. The 18-year-old, of Ulverston, said: “I’m shocked but really happy. The hard work has paid off. The teachers have always been really helpful.”
A trainee project management scheme at BAE Systems is now in store for Eleanor Ogilvie after she gained an A and two Bs. The 18-year-old of Barrow, said: “I’m really happy. I want to be earning while learning and I can work towards a degree.”
A geography degree at the University of Manchester is in store for Dien Curtis. The Barrow 18-year-old achieved an A and two Bs.
He said: “I’m happy, I’ve got into the university I wanted to go to. I had no life for three months when I was revising.”
Principal David Batten said: “Once again, we are delighted that our students have achieved such magnificent results. An A-Level pass rate of 97.4 per cent is very pleasing, 26 subjects with a 100 per cent pass rate. It proves that giving students a chance, even those with modest GCSEs, really works.
“There are many wonderful examples of students achieving an outstanding clutch of A and AS-Levels, a real reward for the hours of study and the sheer hard work that they put in.
“We are delighted that a greater proportion of students than ever are off to university, with mathematics and medicine featuring strongly.
“We are so proud of our students; they’re as talented as students anywhere and deserve our congratulations. I’m sure that many of them will be shaping the future.”
“On our students’ behalf, I would like to thank their tutors for all the sheer professionalism without which results like these would be impossible.”
First published at 15:27, Friday, 16 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Well done to everyone, however this lady deserves special praise, superb. I guess it couldn't have been easy!!