Brave cancer teen celebrates

BRAVE Bulwell teenager Kris Dunn has embodied the spirit of competitors in the Paralympic Games with his GCSE results.

Sixteen-year-old Kris, of Squires Avenue is battling bone cancer and faces the threat of having his right leg amputated.

But he was determined to continue with his exam studies at Top Valley Comprehensive School. He achieved C grades in GCSE English, maths and science, a pass in an engineering diploma and a merit in an information computer technology (ICT) qualificiation.

Kris, who played for Bulwell Rangers Football Club under-16s last season, now hopes to attend college to try for A-levels.

Bulwell Academy student Daniel Faulconbridge (16) picked up an impressive list of results in his GCSEs.

He scooped an A* grade in financial capability, As in maths, science and geography, a B in additional science and Cs in English and history, as well as distinctions for construction and ICT in B.Tech exams.

Daniel, of Henrietta Street, Bulwell will now attend Bilborough College to study for his A-levels.

Another student at the academy, Samantha Fowler, who also did well in her GCSEs, has benefited from its close liaison with local businesses.

For on the morning after collecting her results, Samantha went to work at Dudleys hair and beauty salon on Commercial Road, Bulwell, where she has an apprenticeship.

Samantha (16), of Ockerby Street, Bulwell, gained a GCSE B grade in maths, a B and a C in science subjects and Cs in English and graphics, together with six distinctions in other qalifications, four in sport and two in ICT.

A total of 147 students took GCSEs at the academy, which earned a double accolade in its overall results.

The percentage of students with five A* to C passes was 79, which is above the national average, and this compared to 67 in 2011.

Also, the figure for A* to C grades in English and maths was 31%, compared with 26% last year.

The academy’s business and enterprise director, Alison Bingham, said: “These two increases are very encouraging and reflect the hard work that has gone into it all.

“There have been some tremendous stories of students achieving above and beyond what they had hoped for.

“We are certainly not complacent, however, and we will always seek to improve. Our main priority is to enable a smooth transition by students from education to employment.”