SLIDESHOW: Inspirational Georgia leads the way at High Tunstall

High Tunstall College of Science pupil Georgia Hart with her GCSE results.
High Tunstall College of Science pupil Georgia Hart with her GCSE results.
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INSPIRATIONAL Georgia Hart has spent the last year in and out of hospital and at the centre of a fundraising drive to get her to America for pioneering treatment.

But despite her troubles in fighting an incurable illness which affects just one in 50,000 people, Georgia’s smile couldn’t be much wider yesterday as she picked up her fantastic GCSE results.

The 16-year-old achieved one A, eight B grades and one C and is now getting set to start at Hartlepool Sixth Form College next month.

Georgia, who suffers with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a progressive, inherited disease that attacks and damages the central nervous system resulting in co-ordination and balance problems, said: “I’m over the moon.

“It has been tough but I revised a lot and I was hoping for good results, I’m really pleased with these.”

Georgia and her fellow students at High Tunstall College of Science achieved a 51 per cent A*-C including English and maths pass rate, an increase on last year to the delight of headteacher Mark Tilling.

Maths grades were up by six per cent, English by 11 per cent and history by 20 per cent.

Mr Tilling said: “It’s a solid stepping stone in the right direction and I’m extremely pleased.

“We believe the students have done as much as they could and huge credit must go to them and all of our staff.”

Top performer Kate Brown achieved a fantastic 10 A* grades and one A.

Kate, 16, said: “I did better than I could ever have imagined, I am so pleased.”

Other top performers included Harriet Williams, 16, who achieved nine A*s and four A grades, Michael Hainsworth who was rightfully delighted with six A* grades and five As and Indy Lamplough who achieved three A* grades and nine As.