Akeley Wood School: A Triumphant Student's A-Level Journey

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Results Day success stories often emerge but it’s not often you hear one that transcends all expectations and smashes the glass ceiling.

One such story is that of Isabella Verona, a resilient and determined student who defied the odds by achieving brilliant A* A-Level results despite battling the chronic illness, ME. Her journey, marked by unwavering determination, will now come full circle as she looks to stay on at Akeley Wood School, taking up a heartwarming role in the nursery.

Izzy’s remarkable journey began long before she received her outstanding A-level results. Diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) at age 9, she faced daily challenges that could have easily deterred even the strongest spirits. However, armed with a steadfast resolve, she refused to let her illness define her limitations. Instead, she transformed her struggles into a source of motivation, propelling herself to excel academically throughout GCSEs and A-Levels.

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The news of Izzy’s incredible A-level results came as a testament to her unrelenting dedication and her supportive parents. Her Father explained, “I am amazingly proud of her maintaining motivation and keeping going when it was really difficult.” Izzy said she was “proud of herself” as she managed to achieve top grades in her subjects, despite often not being well enough to attend her classes full time or busy with appointments.

Izzy with her parents on results day.Izzy with her parents on results day.
Izzy with her parents on results day.

Izzy described the close knit bond with her Akeley Wood School community, explaining how she has felt “supported by her friends” who have been by her side for her entire student journey. Her teachers have also watched in awe as she balanced her health needs with her studies, a feat that showcased her true spirit - inspiring others to persevere through their own challenges.

But Izzy’s story doesn't end with her graduation. In a twist, she has chosen to give back to the very institution that supported her throughout her education and will be staying on at the school to work in the nursery. Her journey as a determined student overcoming obstacles makes for a perfect role model for the younger students.

Izzy aspires to work in a creative field, with a particular interests in journalism and film. She understands she may have to think outside the box to be able to follow her dreams but she has achieved so much already, Akeley Wood School cannot wait to watch and support her journey. In a world often dominated by competition, Izzy’s story reminds us that true success is not solely measured by grades, but by the strength of character and the lasting impact we leave on the lives of others.

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