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Four Years’ Hard Work Pays Off

Date Posted: 16/08/2012 | Posted In: Latest news

Twenty year old Emily Harkin, a student is deservedly celebrating gaining her A Level in ICT and her achievement cannot be underestimated.

After overcoming a stroke in 2006 at the age of 14, Emily progressed through her GCSEs and subsequently chose to study at QE in 2008. Unfortunately, Emily suffered another stroke shortly after starting her A Level studies and had to withdraw from College to focus on her health. However, she was determined to continue her education and returned to College in 2009 to pursue an A Level in ICT. Overcoming many difficulties related to her health and recuperation, Emily completed her AS units in 2011 and now has a complete A2 qualification in ICT at grade C.

Assistant Principal, Laurence Job comments:
‘It has been a long 4 years for Emily who lives in the apprehension of having another stroke at any time but she is an optimistic and determined young woman who truly deserves her success. Where many would have given up their A Level, Emily remained committed to her learning in the face of great adversity. She is a truly exceptional student and a real inspiration to others.’

Emily says:
‘Throughout my four years at QE the staff have been kind, caring and very supportive of my individual needs. It has been hard work at times but I have had a thoroughly enjoyable time and I am really pleased with my result.’

Emily and her family are now looking forward to having some time to relax before Emily resumes her studies in the New Year; she is hoping to progress her ICT skills at Teesside University’s Darlington Campus.