Support helps pupil Adam MacDonald achieve good grades

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A pupil has achieved excellent GCSE grades despite sitting some of the exams just two months after his dad died in a car accident.

Adam MacDonald was over the moon to open his results last week to find he achieved five As, three Bs and two Cs - better than the grades he had been predicted.

The 16-year-old sat four of his exams in January, just two months after his father Iain died.

Mr MacDonald, 47 and an operations manager, was killed when the Toyota Roadster he was driving was involved in a crash with a Vauxhall Astra on the A47 between Tixover and Duddington in November.

Adam, a pupil at Uppingham Community College, went back to school almost straight away thanks, he says, to his family - mum Jane and brother Alex, 14 - who all “supported each other” and good friends.

Adam, of Ayston Road, Uppingham, sat the rest of his exams in May and although it was six months after his dad’s death, Adam said in some ways it was more traumatic because the tragedy had sunk in.

Adam said: “Most times I was getting on with things. But on and off something would act as a trigger.

“I was able to study some of the time but what I had studied previously clicked into place during the exams.

“I was lucky because the teachers at school as well as my family and friends were very supportive, which helped me to get through my exams.

“If I was not doing very well some days I could go to any number of people in school, friends or family. There was always someone I could turn to.”

He said his dad would have been proud of his results.

Mum Jane said she would have been delighted with Adam’s grades at any time.

But she added: “To have got them in these circumstances is just amazing. I’m very proud of him and very grateful to the school. Both the boys had fantastic support which has been a great comfort for me.”

School principal Jan Turner said everyone in school was proud of Adam’s “incredible maturity and fortitude”.

Adam will now study for his A-levels at Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College in Leicester.