The highs and lows of A-levels

Today A-level students across our region have received their A-level results.

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Student diagnosed with cancer tops grades

A student who was diagnosed with cancer part-way through his A-levels has secured top grades in a string of subjects.

Tom Woodward, aged 18, underwent three cycles of chemotherapy in the middle of his exams after being told he had testicular cancer at Easter.

The diagnosis failed to deter the teenager from keeping on top of his studies at independent Brighton College.

He went on to gain an A* in psychology and As in history and English to secure a place reading history at Bristol University.

It was pretty stressful but I didn't have any choice and I just had to get on with it. I'm pretty relieved now.

I have been given the all-clear and I just have to have check-ups done every three months. It wasn't too bad because I had the chemo round my exams."

Brighton College celebrated another year of impressive results, with 96% of grades at A* to B and 100% passes.

– Tom Woodward, Student

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