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10 A star GCSEs for nervous teen

Daniel Fulham
Daniel Fulham studied 10 subjects at GCSE level

As thousands of GCSE pupils receive their results, one 16-year-old talks about achieving 10 A* grades.

Daniel Fulham began studying for his exams in 2006 at Penyrheol Comprehensive School in Swansea - which in the same year had 8m of damage to it following an arson attack.

Despite the damage because of the fire, dozens of pupils have worked hard towards their exams at the school.

Daniel revealed his results live on national television but also gave some indication of the pressures of studying for his exams.


"I recently received my GCSE results and the BBC's Colette Hume asked me to open them live on air for the Breakfast show.

"This was an added stress, having my results presented to me live on TV.

"I am glad to say that I survived the experience and I achieved 10 A* grades in English, English Literature, Maths, Double Award Science, History, Welsh, Drama, Music, and ICT.

"I am over the moon with my results and I cannot believe that I received 10 A* grades.

"Now I can go on and study in Gorseinon College and undertake the challenge of A levels in Maths, Physics, Music, and Music Technology.

"All in all, this will be a day that I won't easily forget, with the experience being made extra special by all the team at the BBC."


Speaking before he got his results, Daniel told about his anxious wait for his marks.

"I have enjoyed my time at Penyrheol studying for GCSEs, although the pressure at some points was very high. I also had the honour of being elected Head Boy this year, which included many duties including representing the school in external events and making speeches in assemblies and school concerts.

"I have also enjoyed the role of chairing the school council alongside Fran Roberts, Head Girl of Penyrheol Comprehensive.

"The role of Head Boy developed not only my practical skills, such as organisational, public speaking, and leadership skills, but also allowed me to develop my personal skills, as I am required to deal with personal issues in confidence.

"Luckily this role combined with my academic studies easily, allowing my education to remain unaffected.

Pupils sitting an exam
Thousands of pupils are expecting their results

"I studied 10 subjects - English, English Literature, Mathematics, Double Award Science, History, Welsh, Drama, Music and short course ICT.

"My favourite subjects in school are Maths and Music. I play several musical instruments including the piano, the double bass and the bass guitar.

"I hope to continue my studies at Gorseinon College next year, hopefully studying Pure Mathematics, Physics, Music and Music Technology.

"I am looking forward to being able to concentrate on my favourite subjects; those which someday I hope to have a career in.

"I would love to be able to have a career involved with Music as it is a real passion of mine.

"I have been targeted many high grades, including many A*s.

"I am looking forward to results day as now I have been waiting in suspense for several weeks, although in a way I am also dreading it.

"I have worked extremely hard towards my GCSE exams, with my whole educational life so far building up to this set of exams.

"I was very nervous about my exams beforehand. However, in hindsight I believe I have done my best and there is little more that I could have done in preparation.

"I just hope that all my hard work will pay off and as a result my grades will reflect the work I have put in."




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