GCSEs: Special needs boy excels at St Bonaventure’s School in Forest Gate

Curtis Hudson who overcame disability to pass nine GCSEs at grade C

Curtis Hudson who overcame disability to pass nine GCSEs at grade C - Credit: Archant

At St Bonaventure’s School in Forest Gate 70 per cent of all students at the boys school gained five or more A* to Cs in GCSEs including in English and Math.

Ninety-five gained the same marks across all subjects.

But while there were many high achievers with A* and As, another success story was Curtis Hudson.

Curtis, who has motor impairments and special educational needs, worked tirelessly with staff, including at weekends and holidays, to achieve his grades.

He gained nine passes with the grade C, including in English and Math, and in one of his favourite subjects performing arts.

Head teacher Paul Halliwell said: “Curtis has worked tirelessly with the school to ensure that he gets the best grades.

“He attended additional lessons run on weekends and holidays, and never made any excuses when he found work difficult.

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“His can-do attitude made him a role model for the other boys, as his dogged determination saw him succeed in a number of subjects.

“With his difficulties with movement and body control, he could easily have accepted that the course was too difficult and given up. He kept working - working harder than the other boys at times to ensure that he could keep up with them.”

The 16-year-old is now off to NewVIc and hopes to one day work in child care, possibly as a nursery assistant teacher.

He said: “I did work experience at St Antony’s Primary School and love working with children.”