Rachel triumphs over mood disorder to scoop top marks

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Pupil Rachel Fraser-Burton has triumphed over adversity to achieve top A-level grades.

The 18-year-old, of Little Eaton, scored As in Religious Studies, Psychology and English Literature and an A* in General Studies at Derby High School.

Rachel said she was thrilled with her results because she found her exams very tough.

She suffers from bipolar disorder, a condition that can affect your moods which can swing from one extreme to the other.

She said: “I am so pleased with my results, they were even better than I was predicted. The exams were extremely hard for me because I suffer from bipolar disorder and at that time I was going through a very depressive stage.

“I didn’t even want to come in and do my exams and I was convinced that I was going to fail. I had already decided that if I failed I was going to res-sit them.

“Now I can’t wait to go to Sheffield to study Psychology, I really wanted to go there, when I visited it just felt like home.

“I wanted to study Psychology partly because of my disorder and because I am just fascinated by the way people think and why they react the way they do.”

Head teacher Colin Callaghan congratulated Rachel and the rest of the girls on their results.

He said: “We are very proud of Rachel’s achievements. Studying for A-levels is hard enough but she has had to cope with more than most because of her disorder.

“I hope that her success and her willingness to talk openly about her bipolar disorder will help and inspire other young people who find themselves in the same situation as Rachel.”

A total of 63 per cent of grades achieved in main A-level subjects were either A* or A, the highest figure ever at the school.