Fakenham student Jenny enjoys A-level success despite cystic fibrosis battleS

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A student’s daily struggles against cystic fibrosis did not stop her from collecting a string of top A-level grades yesterday.

Jenny Gurney achieved an A*, two As and a B in maths, chemistry, biology and physics respectively and is now looking forward to going on to university this autumn.

She collected her grades from the Fakenham College yesterday morning and said afterwards: “I’m in a bit of a state of shock, to be honest, because the waiting is over.”

And what makes her achievements more remarkable is her daily fight against cystic fibrosis, which forced her to miss around four months of lessons over the past two years.

Her mother, Dr Jackie Seymour-Gurney, said: “I just think she’s amazing. I’m so happy for her.

“Two or three years ago, it was pretty grim. She’s so determined, she doesn’t let anything stop her.”

She has to take medication to enable her to digest food, undergo physiotherapy to keep her lungs working and is more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses.

She said: “I just live with it. It’s like asthma or anything else. You deal with it.”

Jenny, 19, who lives in Burnham Overy Staithe, has been hoping to secure a place at Pembroke College, Cambridge to read natural sciences, though she admitted she was “hoping for a miracle”.

However, her grades are good enough to win a place at the University of Bath

The academy’s principal, Matthew Parr-Burman, said: “She has overcome tremendous attendance difficulties and her physics coursework was commended by the moderator as an outstanding piece of work.”