Audenshaw pupil in kidney disease battle gains top GCSEs
Thursday 1st September 2016 @ 22:53 by Adam Higgins
Denton & Audenshaw GCSE Results News

A Tameside student is celebrating after gaining top results while battling kidney disease.

James Sharples, 16, said he was ‘lost for words’ when he found out that he had gained two Bs, five Cs and a D, despite having spent numerous spells in and out of hospital during the last five years.

Audenshaw pupil James is staying on at the school’s sixth form with the hope of becoming an Army mechanic.

He said: “I’m lost for words, I can’t believe that I got these results.

“I have always struggled at school and never thought that I would come out with any GCSEs.

“I was diagnosed with kidney disease when I was in the last year of primary school and since then have been in and out of hospital.

“I’ve had a lot of support from the teachers here at Audenshaw, they have been very helpful and given me extra guidance all the way through.

“I’ve had a fantastic time at Audenshaw, there’s such a good atmosphere and I’ve enjoyed getting involved with the rugby team and being a prefect.

“I’m really looking forward to starting sixth form now and am excited for the future.”

Assistant headteacher Kelly Breakell said: “James has never let anything stand in his way. He has worked extremely hard and made outstanding progress throughout his time here at Audenshaw.

“We are delighted with his achievements. He is a model pupil with fantastic attendance, and has taken on roles as a prefect and peer mentor, as well as being a member of the rugby team.

“We are looking forward to seeing him progress even further at sixth form.”