Illness doesn’t stop a star peformance

KEVI GCSE results 2012'Shannon Henderson-Burdis.
KEVI GCSE results 2012'Shannon Henderson-Burdis.

A STAR-STUDDED exam performance seemed out of the question for Shannon Henderson-Burdis after battling illness throughout her studies.

But that is exactly what the Rothbury resident has achieved, notching up seven A*s and three A grades in her GCSEs.

Shannon spent the first nine months of her course at Morpeth’s King Edward VI School going in and out of hospital for treatment for irritable bowel syndrome.

But the hard-working pupil was determined not to fall behind and kept up her studies from her hospital bed and home.

Despite stress making her condition worse, Shannon managed to sit all of her exams and achieve her remarkable results.

“I was in and out of hospital so I had to miss a lot of school and do a lot of work at home to catch up,” she said.

“It was hard and the stress made my condition worse. It’s also meant I’ve had a difficult summer waiting for the results, but I’m so pleased now. I never thought I would get results like this. I would be happy if I got one A. I’m so chuffed and just want to cry.”

Her proud mum Catherine Burdis said: “I’m really proud, I never expected anything like this. We have been saying all summer that if she got a B she would still have done amazingly well so this is fantastic.”

Shannon now plans to study A-Levels in biology, chemistry, psychology and sociology.