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A-LEVELS: Pupil passes despite loss of father weeks before exams
WHEN Kyle Edwards’s father died two weeks before his first exam, he “didn’t even consider” abandoning his A-Levels.
Yesterday the 18-year-old Oxford Spires Academy pupil was celebrating after achieving the grades he needed to go to university.
He was one of 68 students picking up their A-Level results at the East Oxford school yesterday morning.
It was an emotional moment for the teenager who said his father Ian, who died on April 29, “would have been proud” of his achievements.
The Donnington Bridge Road resident said: “These exams are like a door opening for life and I thought it was important that I took them.
“I think my father would have wanted me to as well, but it was pretty difficult.
“Any kind of support he could give me, he did.”
Elsewhere around the county it was a mixed picture, with many schools posting record results but others seeing their top grades dip, reflecting the national picture.
Overall, around 90 per cent of Oxfordshire children are understood to have passed at least two A-Levels, and about 45 per cent picked up two graded at A*-B.
Kyle’s father died at the age of 59 from lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
He was diagnosed with the disease about two years ago and his condition gradually worsened until it went downhill around a month before his death.
But despite grieving, Kyle continued to study, determined to do well in his exams.
He sat his first exam in economics on May 13, just four days before his father’s funeral at Wolvercote Cemetery, and went on to achieve an A, A, B and C in maths, Japanese, economics and physics as well as a Distinction* in music BTEC.
And he’s now going to the University of the West of England in Bristol to study music technology, and hopes to pursue a career in the music industry. Kyle said: “My father was never that pushy on education but hopefully he would have been proud.
“My friends have been very supportive.”
Kyle lived in Oxford with his father and his 24-year-old sister Shanka after his family moved here from Japan 11 years ago when his parents divorced.
His parents met while they were travelling the world and his father had held a number of jobs, including being a tour guide in Japan.
Kyle was born in Japan, where his mother Masyo Nakayama lives.
Since his father died, he has been living in a council house with his older sister.
Sue Croft, the principal of Oxford Spires Academy, said: “Kyle didn’t even consider not taking the exams. He was focused on doing the best he could at that point in time.
“Kyle is a bright boy and has worked very hard. He has taken a wide range of subjects and has achieved remarkable success.
“We always knew he would do well and he has done well. We are very proud of his achievements.”
Kyle, who has played the drums since he was 12, added: “I am really pleased with my results.
“I didn’t think I did that badly and I have been looking forward to university so I haven’t been that nervous.
“I kind of enjoyed the exams, not sitting them, but I enjoyed the revising.”
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