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Thursday, 23 August, 2001, 11:53 GMT 12:53 UK
Foster child ready for Gordonstoun
16-year-old Suzanne Turley
Suzanne Turley has already won a place at the school
A foster child who won the right to study at the royals' favourite school has picked up her GCSE results.

Suzanne Turley, 16, from north Wales, battled with Wrexham council for the funding to study at Gordonstoun before an anonymous benefactor stepped in to pay her fees.

She arrived at St David's School in Wrexham on Thursday morning to pick up her results and left without having opened them.

Gordonstoun School
Prince Charles was at Gordonstoun
Her historic battle with Wrexham social services began when the authority blocked her place at the prestigious school.

The council claimed funding was a problem and cited the continuation of her foster care as another issue.

An anonymous benefactor then made substancial contribution to her fees, estimated to be around 40,000.

The money will pay for Suzanne to study drama and and A-levels at Prince Charles' old school.

Kids in care only under achieve because they don't get the breaks

Suzanne Turley

Wrexham social services reversed its decision after the benefactor stepped in.

The authority's policy is to send children to local colleges for further education.

The input of the unnamed donor and other supporters swelled the 16-year-old's study fund to 80,000.

Suzanne then announced last month that she was setting up a trust fund to pay the school fees for other children in care.

'Create opportunities'

The Turley Bursary is due to be up and running by next year.

After the council changed its decision, Suzanne said she was delighted to have achieved her ambition.

"Just because a child is in care it is not fair they should remain disadvantaged all their lives," she said.

"Kids in care only under achieve because they don't get the breaks."

School governors and financial backers are being contacted to secure support for the new fund.

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