GCSE success stories around the county

GCSE success stories around the county

Carer Maia Jordan

Emily Jones, left, celebrates at John Mason School, Abingdon

First published in News

IT is hard enough to get nine A*s, two As and a B in your GCSEs, but 16-year-old Maia Jordan has done it all while being a young carer at home.

The King Alfred's Academy pupil, from West Hendred, helps look after her three younger siblings – Kasia, 14, Jan, 11, and 10-year-old Eliza – because her mother, Anne, suffers from mental health problems and works full-time as a primary school teacher.

She said: “It means making their school lunches, making them breakfast, and helping them do their homework when they come home from school. And I do a lot of the housework. It becomes difficult to manage school work on top.

“I had quite high aspirations for what grades I wanted to get, so it was hard trying to do the amount of revision I needed to get those grades.”

Maia took on her caring responsibilities last year when her older brother, Isaac, 19, left to travel through Australia and Vietnam before going to Cambridge University in September.

Now her GCSEs are in the bag, Maia is going to do her A-Levels and then hopes to go to the University of Edinburgh to study performance costume design.

Meanwhile 16-year-old Emily Jones a student at Abingdon’s John Mason School, found herself giving birth four weeks before her exams started.

She said: “It was difficult, every time I did my exams and was revising she just kept moving around and was distracting me a little bit, it was quite hard.

“Lilia is four weeks in a couple of days and I had her while revising.

“I want to be a Macmillan nurse so I’m going to try my best next year in college to try and get what I need to do that.”

She managed to get two Cs in Art and Design and Textiles, three Ds, three Es, two Fs and one X.

And Arianna Cantarelli, a pupil at St Helen and St Katharine from Boar’s Hill, had to dictate most of her exams after breaking her right wrist in a fall.

The 16-year-old, who got 10 A*s and two As, said: “It was easier than I expected but in mocks and at school we had practised writing it down and it was very different to what I had been preparing to do.”

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.

Our top stories

UPDATE: Man left with serious head injuries after being hit with wooden item during fight in Bicester

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:17pm Saturday 31st January 2015

THREE men have been arrested after a man was left with "serious injuries," police say.

Landslip near Banbury disrupts trains towards Birmingham

Oxford Mail: A Chiltern Railways Clubman train

10:29am Sunday 1st February 2015

TRAINS from Oxford to the north of England will be disrupted until at least Tuesday after a landslip on Saturday night.

Snow across Oxfordshire - in readers' pictures + forecast

Oxford Mail:

7:43am Saturday 31st January 2015

IT'S been snowing overnight in Oxfordshire and here's some of the pictures our readers have sent in.

Record broken as more than £500,000 raised for Poppy Appeal

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 31st January 2015

THE POPPY Appeal’s fundraising target has been smashed in the county.

Healthcare worker brought back from Africa to UK for Ebola monitoring via Brize Norton

Oxford Mail: RAF logo

1:20pm Saturday 31st January 2015

A British military healthcare worker has been brought back to England for Ebola monitoring after suffering a needle-stick injury while treating a person in Sierra Leone.

Oxford United striker Danny Hylton says they are ready for Stevenage battle

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 31st January 2015

Danny Hylton has warned Oxford United will get “eaten alive” at Stevenage today unless they match their hosts’ appetite for a battle.

 

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree