GCSE Results Day 2018: ‘Very happy’ cancer patient, 16, passes exams at Dagenham school

PUBLISHED: 19:00 23 August 2018

Deanna Clark. Picture: Alex Shaw

Deanna Clark. Picture: Alex Shaw

Alex Shaw

Among the pupils picking up their results in Dagenham today was cancer patient Deanna Clark.

The Robert Clack pupil was diagnosed with the deadly disease back in February, forcing her to miss school.

The 16-year-old studied around her treatment using old textbooks, emailing teachers during her spare moments for revision pointers.

“It was a bit tough doing it on my own,” she told the Post.

“I didn’t come back to school until May — two months before my exams.”

But her health issues didn’t stop her passing her exams.

Now, having finished her chemotherapy, a “very happy” Deanna is set to stay at the Gosfield Road, Dagenham school to study BTECs in ICT and catering.

Deanna’s headmaster, Russell Taylor, called her achievement “phenomenal”.

“We had confidence in Deanna and would make sure, whatever her grades, she would have a place in the sixth form,” he said.

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