Teenager Harriet scoops 12 A*s and As after winning GCSE review

HOLYWELL ROW: Harriet Almond gets remark for GCSEs - she got 11 A*-A's but her B in chemistry was disappointing and an appeal won her 12 A*-A 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150809-170142009
HOLYWELL ROW: Harriet Almond gets remark for GCSEs - she got 11 A*-A's but her B in chemistry was disappointing and an appeal won her 12 A*-A 'Picture Mark Westley ANL-150809-170142009
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Teenager Harriet Almond was undermarked by six points in one of her GCSEs but has now scooped a full house of 12 A*s and As following an appeal.

Harriet, 16, from Holywell Row, was disappointed to find she had only received a B in her chemistry exam.

The high achiever was hoping for straight A*s and As after working intensively at Mildenhall College Academy.

She approached her teachers and requested a review. As a result she was notified that her chemistry result was wrong and undermarked by six points. With the review she has now achieved 3 A*s and 9 As.

Harriet has been accepted by Hills Road Sixth Form in Cambridge to study English Literature, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology.

She said: “I’m very happy with my results. It was hard work over the last two years but it’s all about attitude and approach. Even if you’re not totally academic if you apply yourself and really want something then you can achieve it.”

Proud dad Mark said: “If people can get that focus it makes such a difference. If people give themselves a goal to aim for they can get there. We’re very proud of Harriet’s achievements and I know I am biased as her dad but she took responsibility for her whole eduction.

“During those two years for every hour Harriet worked at school she matched it with at least two or three hours at home with a lot more with project and revision work.

“Harriet, myself and her teachers knew that she was not a naturally gifted indvidual who could breeze through this kind of academic achievement and she has pulled it off with sheer hard work, tenacity and determination.

“She was the top performing student at MCA by a long way and showed just what could be done if the drive and passion is there and she has humbled me at every stage with her belief in what she felt she may be able to achieve.”