A student who did not write a word of his A-level exam answers was celebrating three A grades today.
Aidan Clancy, who is severely dyslexic and has dyspraxia, used a headset and a laptop with voice recognition software when he sat the classics, economics and history papers.
The Ripon Grammar School pupil, from Ripley, North Yorkshire, was in a separate room from his friends who were writing away in the exam hall, while he spoke into the laptop which cannot access the internet.
The 18-year-old said: "The technology allows me to put down on paper what's in my head.
"I tried to take my AS exams last year in the normal way because it had worked OK for my GCSEs.
"But A-levels are a big step up. After the AS exams, which included three in one day totalling five hours and 47 minutes, my hand was aching really badly, I was exhausted and I really under-performed.
"I chose my subjects because I'm interested in them.
"I had the dilemma of choosing short answer subjects instead but they're not what I enjoy.
"The possibility of speaking answers to a scribe was mentioned, but I thought it would be really difficult to be able to go back over what they'd written.
"We thought there must be a solution using technology.
"We found out about the voice recognition software and I re-sat my ASs using it and did so much better.
"I'm nowhere near as tired after an exam and no longer get the headaches.
"The school has been great. I soon as they were made aware this was an option they, along with my occupational therapist Michelle Rundle, fought for it for me to use it."
The software, Dragon Naturally Speaking, recognises the spoken words and translates them into a word document, allowing the speaker to check them and cut and paste and paragraphs if necessary.
Over time, it recognises the nuances in individual speakers and it is even possible to select different accents.
But it can make mistakes.
Aidan explained: "In one history essay I had to say the Temple of Hephaestus and that came out as the Temple of Her Feistiness."
He will go on to Newcastle University to read history.
He said: "I'm really happy with my results. It's so frustrating when you know you're capable but that's not reflected in how you've done. It must be even worse for young people who haven't been diagnosed.
"I hope my experience shows them that there is a solution."
The Calendar region languishes near the bottom of the league when it comes to those achieving top marks in A-levels. Today's results reveal 8 per cent of students got the top A star grade. But there has been success for some in Bradford as Michael Billington reports.
Leeds City College is celebrating after achieving its best ever A Level results, with a 98% pass rate overall and two thirds of A level programmes achieving 100% pass rates. 70% of A level programmes exceeded national pass rates.
Leeds City College, the country’s third largest FE establishment, has a dedicated A Level Centre and offers a wide range of A level programmes.
Deputy Principal for Teaching & Learning Nichola Newton said: “We are extremely proud of our students’ achievements, all of whom have worked really hard.
“We have invested in our A level programmes and we are determined to build upon this success.”
“These results are testimony to the relentless focus on excellence in teaching and learning and the drive and commitment of the A level teachers and leadership team,” she added.
One of this year’s A-mazing achievers is Christos Barmpoudis who was highly delighted with his three As in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.
“I tried really hard this year, and the tutors believed in me,” he said.
Christos, 25, is planning to re-apply to study medicine now he has the grades and is hoping to do some work experience in a hospital.
Boys have outdone girls at A* grade for the third year running, with 8.5% of boys' A-level entries attaining the top mark, compared with 7.9% of the girls.
The latest results, which show how pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have performed, show that an increasing number of students are choosing science, with the number electing to study biology, chemistry and physics rising by 2%, while those taking maths has gone up by 0.9% and further maths by 1.5%.