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Thursday, 23 August, 2001, 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK
Star pupil nets university place
Michael Porton wants to mix football and maths as a career
Michael Porton wants to mix football and maths as a career
A 16-year-old pupil from Cardiff gained an impressive set of GCSE results that will mean skipping sixth boy form and going straight to university.

Michael Porton woke up on Thursday to discover he had gained two A* grades, fours As and an AB in his latest round of GCSE exams.

Welsh GCSE results
Passes A to G- 98% (-0.1%)
A* to C - 59.9% (+0.1%)
A* & A - 16.9% (+0.2%)
Swansea - 97.8% A* to G (-0.3%)
Carmarthenshire - 98.7% A* to G
Michael, a pupil at Fitzalan High School, in Cardiff, had already earned a university place, a football apprenticeship and a host of GCSEs and A-levels.

The teenager, from Grangetown, began taking his GCSEs in year 7 and had already attained six GCSEs, three A-Levels and one AS Level during his five years at the school.

Among his impressive results this year were two A-levels and one AS level.

Michael gained GCSE A*s in biology and history, and As in PE, English literature, Welsh, chemistry and an AB in English language.


Once I've finished my degree course that's the time to see what happens with the footbal

Michael Porter, Fitzalan High School
He took his first GCSE in the first year of secondary school when he gained an A* in maths.

In the following years, he received A*s in design technology and physics, As in business studies and astronomy and a B in IT.

At the age of 14, he took an A-Level in maths and gained an A.

This year, he also took two A-Levels and one AS Level.

He attained an A in further maths, B in design technology and A in AS physics last week.

His results have earned him a place at Bath University, where he will read maths in September, making him one of the youngest pupils in Wales to go to take a degree.

Pupils at Fitzalan High School celebrate their results
Pupils at Fitzalan High School celebrate their results
The teenager said he was hoping to have a unique "double career" in both football and mathematics.

Michael has also been chosen for a training partnership at Bristol City Football Club, which he hopes to fit in around his degree studies.

"The hope is that once I've finished my degree course that's the time to see what happens with the football," he said. "I'm looking for a double career, if possible, in football and academia."

He added: "I'm very pleased with the results and the A-Levels have given me the chance to go to university, something that wasn't necessarily planned but with the help of the school it materialised that I could go two years early.

"This means in conjunction with Bristol City, I will be able to train and play while pursuing a maths degree course."

Headmaster Angus Dunphy said: "He's a very bright young man and very well balanced. But he's a modest lad too."

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Jane Davidson, Assembly Education Minister
"The really important thing is there has been a seven per cent increase in the number of exams pupils have sat"
BBC Wales's education correspondent Louise Elliott
"Much attention has again focused on the gender gap between boys and girls results"
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