Family's 'debt of gratitude' to teaching assistant on A-level results day
Teaching assistant Jenne Golding didn't sleep last night worrying about the grades of one of her pupils.
She has been by the side of 18-year-old Giles Hardman from Hempsted since he first stepped through the doors at Newent Community School and Sixth Form Centre as a fresh-faced 11-year-old starting Year 7.
Giles is dyslexic and has had Jenne with him since that day to help with his organisation and to keep him focused.
But on A-level results day today, it was all smiles. He got the grades he needed to take up a place studying computer systems engineering at Brunel University - much to Jenne's delight.
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"He's like one of my own," she said. "I've two of my own kids come through the school and I feel the same about Giles today as I did about them.
"I didn't sleep a lot last night, I was desperate to know how he'd done.
"Seven years is a long time. He's been brilliant, I'm really proud for him."
Computers are Giles's passion - to the extent he would often have to be reminded to pay attention in class instead of building his own hard drive or learning programming languages.
"I wasn't expecting to get into university," said Giles. "It's been hard work - in class Jenne has mainly helped me organise things better."
The school has hit troubled times in recent months and was placed in special measures by Ofsted recently.
But Giles's mum and dad, Jane and Charles Hardman, were full of praise.
"We owe Jenne a huge debt of gratitude," said Charles. "Not just her, but the whole school and all the staff here - they have been absolutely brilliant and Giles could not have done it without them all."
Giles is mulling over whether to head straight to university in September or defer his place for year. He eventually wants to do a Masters in ethical hacking and possibly follow a career in cyber security.
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