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UK Student Who Missed Months Of Classes Due To Illness Receives A*

Sunday 19 August 2018


From UK newspaper Eastern Daily Press:


Maria Shepherd
Maria Shepherd after receiving her
A* A-level grade in Spanish.
(PHOTO: Victoria Pertusa.)

Student who missed months of classes due to illness receives A*

By Sophie Smith and Victoria Pertusa
17 August, 2018
© 2018 Archant Community Media Ltd

A teenager has achieved an A* grade A-level in Spanish, despite 50pc school attendance due to a rare condition.

Maria Shepherd received her results alongside her fellow Wymondham High Academy students on Thursday, but despite completing just one A-level, the 18-year-old has more to be proud of than most.

Miss Shepherd, from Hingham, suffers from the little-known but chronic condition called postural tachycardia syndrome (PoTS).


“I only did one A-level because in the first term of sixth form I became ill with autonomic dysfunction, PoTS, chronic fatigue and chronic pain and memory loss.

“Consequently I could only manage one and I have 50pc attendance, so I actually did a lot of work from my home and when I was well enough I came to school, but my attendance was so low I’m absolutely thrilled.”


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