Spalding superstar student Tom is the model of perseverance
There was an English result in the GCSE exams that might have slipped under the radar.
But it was a cause for celebration for Spalding superstar student Tom Hannam (19) ... and for Peterbrough Regional College (PRC).
Earlier this summer Tom admitted to "crying with happiness" when he won the McIntyre Cup at the college's Excellence in Skills Awards.
The award goes to the most outstanding student in their field across a wide range of subjects.
Tom was chosen from 4,500 students while studying English, maths, hospitality and catering.
Now Tom is celebrating with everyone else at the college because he passed his GCSE English with a grade 5 ... after taking the exam five times.
Grade 5 is regarded as a "strong pass" but it is Tom's determination and sheer refusal to give up on his studies that have won him deserved admiration.
On Facebook, PRC posted news of Tom's success with the message that the college was "feeling proud".
The message read: "A huge congratulations goes to hospitality student Tom Hannam who was Student of the Year at our recent Excellence in Skills Awards Ceremony.
"Tom's been so determined to achieve his English GCSE after struggling and retaking the exam year on year. But with his perseverance and determination to pass (he even self-funded private tuition classes) he has now achieved a grade 5.
"Tom's attitude is a perfect example of how you should never give up on what you want to achieve and through dedication and hard work you CAN succeed. Well done Tom!"
Tom us: "My message to anyone who hasn't achieved something the first time is to not give up - (you should) be determined and persevere, you can do it but you might just need to try and try again."
Tom first sat his GCSE English at Sir John Gleed School, now Spalding Academy, and was one mark off passing. He had similar narrow misses despite attending revision classes and paying for extra lessons.
He has given special thanks to the college English and catering departments for their support over the last three years ... and is grateful the English exam included a question on catering.
More by this authorLynne Harrison