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Thursday, August 27, 1998 Published at 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK


'World Cup ate my A-star'

Shearer scores for England in the game against Tunisia

A football-mad schoolboy has blamed the World Cup for his GSCE results.

Tom Burgis, of St Ambrose College in Hale Barns, Greater Manchester, scored A*s in 10 subjects.

But his performance slipped to a grade A in Latin, because the exam started at the same time as the kick-off between England and Tunisia in France.

He said: "I love football, and it was difficult enough revising with all the World Cup build-up, but when we sat down as England's campaign was starting it was just too much. I got distracted thinking about the score."

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Tom managed straight A* grades in English language, English literature, religious education, history, geography, French, physics, chemistry, German and maths.

"I cannot really be disappointed about the one A and I'm not too worried," he added.

The Manchester United fan is planning to return to St Ambrose to study for A-levels in English, history, maths and general studies. He hopes to go on to university.

His head-teacher, Eric Hester, said: "I am very pleased for Tom and everyone else who contributed to the school's pass rate going up by 4% from last year."

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