Against the odds: a lesson in willpower
industry and dedication of students.”
King David High School, Manchester, reported an “excellent” set of results, with 50 per cent of all grades being As and A*s. The adjacent Yavneh Yeshivah High saw 97 per cent of its students pass with a grade B or above.
Successes also spread to Liverpool, where almost 60 per cent at King David High School attained an A*, A or B.
For those now at the end of their school days, the results are stepping stones to new feats — including, but not limited to, foundation courses, apprenticeships, gap year travels and university. Unprovoked hysteria optional.
JAKE GELLER never thought he would finish school, let alone go to university, after health issues and learning difficulties sapped his confidence.
But the Prestwich student defied all odds to achieve an A and a B at A-level, and a distinction in BTEC science, securing a place to study geography at Manchester Metropolitan University.
“My primary school teachers told me I’d never be able to read or write,” said the 18-year-old, whose severe asthma and dyslexia kept him off school for long periods. “It’s safe to say I proved them wrong.
“My parents pushed me and told me I could do it, which clearly paid off. They are ecstatic.”
He described how, after moving from school to school before GCSEs, he finally found his footing at Abbey College in Manchester, where he “learnt the tools” to improve his s t udies a nd make friends. Headteacher Liz Ellam said: “It was clear from the minute he started that he was highly intelligent, and just needed a small environment to help build up his confidence.”
The college provided online resources to help him while he was away from class, and also put him in small groups so he could receive more attention. Jake, whose family belong to the Higher Prestwich Hebrew Congregation, has now joined a one-year yeshiva course in Israel, where he hopes to “build self-belief even more”, before starting university next year. “I want to show people that even if you have learning difficulties or bad health, it is still possible to do well and get good results; you can always do better if you try harder.
“I d i d n ’ t believe in myself for so long but I k n o w n o w that I am good enough.”
Relieved faces: JFS’ A-level students
Proving them wrong: Jake Geller