A STAPENHILL student proved that dyslexia is no obstacle to success when she achieved two A* and an A in her A-levels at Derby High School.
Ellen Sutherland, 17, got the top grades in biology chemistry and maths, and will now go to the University of Leicester to study medicine.
She said: “I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was 11 and was given extra support in school. Reading is difficult for me, especially long passages, so I’m really pleased with my results.
“I’m still in shock really because I didn’t expect these grades. I was up from about 6am this morning and found out at about 7.45am that I had got into Leicester so I knew I had got the grades. I was one point off an A* in one of the subjects too. It’s brilliant, I’m really happy.”
Sam Preston, from Willington, was the top performer at the school, with three A*s, and Burton’s Nyaish Mansoor got two A* and two As.
Sam, 18, earned the grades in biology, English literature and geography, and now plans to study physical geography at Durham University.
She said: “I was terrified and I really didn’t know if I would get the grades I needed. I couldn’t believe it when I got these grades, I was completely surprised. I knew that I couldn’t have worked harder but I really didn’t know if it would be enough. It’s unbelievable.
“I was up at 5am because I just couldn’t sleep. I knew I had a place at university because I went online at 7.30am and found out. I was over the moon and screamed at the top of my voice.
Nyaish, who is also 18, will also be studying medicine when she goes to the University of Leeds.
She said: “I’ve been so nervous, I didn’t sleep last night or the night before. It’s really hit me in the last week. My exams didn’t go as planned and I was worried about them. I really can’t believe I got these grades. My mum is on holiday so I rang her and she was really happy, I think she’s been just as nervous as me.”
The school achieved a 100 per cent pass rate overall.