A STUDENT achieved top marks in her GCSEs after swimming across the English Channel between exams.
Rose Owens, 15, had trained for months to complete the crossing as part of a six-man charity relay team and completed the night swim in 13 hours and 13 minutes, just hours after taking her biology exam.
The group raised £7,000 which will be used to support a group of Ukrainian refugee students who will start at their Roedean school next month.
Rose said: “We had to wait to be told when our slot would be making the crossing and I was really worried if it conflicted with one of my stages.
“Luckily we were given a 11pm departure time by the Channel Swimming Association, so I wrote my biology paper in the morning and rushed down to Dover to start swimming with the others in the evening.
“It was difficult to do it in the dark because it was very cold and there were a lot of jellyfish to swim through, but I always thought of the team and didn’t want to let them down.
“We were very happy when we made it to France, but there wasn’t much time to celebrate because I had to rework something for my next job.”
In the following week she completed a chemistry test for which she got a grade of 9, which corresponds to a one*.
Rose Swan with fellow GCSE Amy Ng and Roedean students Bella Mapledoram, Clara Burton-Dowsett, Olivia Crawley and Head Girl Jemima Venturi.
They are believed to be the first schoolgirl team to complete the crossing of one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, with 600 tankers passing daily, as well as 200 ferries and other vessels.
Rose said: “We trained for months every Monday and Friday at 6:30am before school and on the weekends so I could practice for my GCSEs in the evenings, but I’m still relieved it’s all over, although it’s an amazing experience was.”
She received nine 9ths and one 8th in her GCSE results today and will remain at school to study dual maths, physics and chemistry.
Roedean Headmaster Oliver Blond congratulated the students after they received some of the most successful grades in the school’s history, despite the uncertainty surrounding exams and the pause in personal learning.
Out of more than 1,200 GCSEs taken at the school, nearly 600 achieved top grades.
He said: “On behalf of Roedean I would like to congratulate this year group who we know have had their education severely disrupted by Covid over the past two years.
“Given that context, they have performed exceptionally well and shown remarkable determination, dedication and resilience.
“The fact that two members of this year’s group swam in the middle of their exams in the cross-channel relay is an example of how well-rounded Roedean students are, and it’s also a great example of exceptional dedication to sport, dance , theatre, arts, music and community activities this year.
“They really showed that it’s possible to make a broad contribution while still achieving their goals.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20758092.gcse-results-brighton-pupil-swam-channel-exams/?ref=rss GCSE results: Brighton student swam the canal between exams