A student who completes the majority of her lessons in Braille is celebrating a set of top A-level results today.

Sophie Paul, who is blind, achieved an A* in Sociology and an A in English Literature and is off to the University of Derby to study Sociology.

She said: “I’m really happy as I didn’t expect those results especially in English. The exam was really hard and the grade boundaries were really high. My sister read my results to me and I was surprised. She was really pleased too.

“I attended all mainstream lessons at school. I had a screen reader on my laptop which could read the work out to me and I could also read it in Braille too.”

Sophie would also access the school’s Enhanced Resource Base, for visually and physically impaired students, during lunchtimes and study periods.

She said: “It was always my plan to attend mainstream lessons as I did that at primary school and I’ve had great support at Saint Benedict. This was the only school I was going to come to as it was the only one close enough to where I live that could adapt all of my work and where I could attend mainstream lessons. By the time I got to Sixth Form I was quite independent. It will all work the same at the University of Derby too.”

Mr Gritton said he was pleased with this year’s results and congratulated Sophie.

He said: “One of our notable successes this year was Sophie Paul who is one of our visually impaired students. Sophie, who has been blind, from birth achieved fantastic results and we are so pleased for her. We wish all of our students all the very best for the future.”

Over 70% of all grades were at A*-C and the overall pass rate was 97%.

Sophie Paul reading her results in Braille