Ben Wright, a student at Haydon School, in Wiltshire Lane, Eastcote
A STUDENT who has been a wheelchair since he was six has done exceptionally well in his GCSE results.
Ben Wright, a student at Haydon School, in Wiltshire Lane, Eastcote, got an A* and three As among his results. The modest 16-year-old has been in a wheelchair since he was a child after he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy.
He said: "Being in a wheelchair doesn't really affect me because there are lots of lifts and ramps in the school. My arms are a little weak but I can still write and type and I don't really have any other problems.
"I think I've got the same advantage as everyone else. Some of my results were better than I expected so I was really pleased with those. My parents are really happy as well and I might have a meal later to celebrate.
"I'm going to stay at Haydon to do A-levels in ICT, travel and tourism and geography. I would love to become a meteorologist."
Head teacher, Steve Robson, said: "He is an amazingly modest young man. He has come 22nd in the year and we have nearly 300 kids. That is quite an achievement and I we are very proud of him.
"We are very glad to see he is coming back into our Sixth Form."
In total 90% of students got five or more A*-C grades.
Ishani Barai, got 13.5 A* grades and one A grade and Nimai Vadgama got 13.5* grades. There were also 27 students who got 10 or more GCSEs at A* or A.