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Rugby player tackles broken arm to score top grades

Published 25/08/2016 | 13:31

Tom Harris, who broke his arm playing rugby just after starting his exams (Barnard Castle School/PA)
Tom Harris, who broke his arm playing rugby just after starting his exams (Barnard Castle School/PA)

A student who broke his arm playing rugby just after starting his exams was celebrating scoring top grades in his GCSEs.

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Tom Harris, a boarder at Barnard Castle School, County Durham, dictated his papers to school staff who then wrote out his answers.

Tom, whose father is an RAF pilot working in South Africa, and who comes from Thirn, near Bedale, in North Yorkshire, achieved six A*s, two As and two Bs.

Speaking from Limpopo state where he is on holiday, Tom said: "I'm very happy and really shocked at my results. I didn't know what to expect.

"I broke my elbow playing rugby after I'd taken just three exams.

"I had surgery, then had to go straight into a biology exam the next day.

"I took the rest of my exams in a separate room on my own and dictated my answers.

"It was a bit different but I got used to it after a few exams."

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