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Headteacher resits A-levels to improve his childhood grades

Headteacher's Michael Jackson's A-Level results sheet after he resat the exams he took as a teenager Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers received their A-level results today - but among them was a slightly older student - a headteacher who decided to resit his exams decades after first taking them.

Michael Jackson from Nottingham felt he should have done better at the exams when he was younger, having got two E grades, so this year he joined his students in studying, revising and entering the exam hall in an effort to improve his grades - which he did.

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