Grade success all adds up for father

Kayleigh Page, two-year-old daughter Lilly, and Bradley Wailes who has secured a place at Newcastle University.
Kayleigh Page, two-year-old daughter Lilly, and Bradley Wailes who has secured a place at Newcastle University.

Exam results have added up for a young dad who has secured a university place while juggling childcare and work.

Bradley Wailes received top grades in his A-level exams and is now going to read maths at Newcastle University.

The 19-year-old, who has a two-year-old daughter Lilly with his partner Kayleigh Page, had been at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College.

Bradley, of Whitley Bay, said: “I completed my first year of sixth form at my former school and to say it didn’t go well would be an understatement.

“I approached Queen Alex College and the team were so supportive and encouraged me to re-sit my first year so I could achieve my potential.

“My situation was not straightforward, but Kayleigh and I have juggled childcare between both our studies as well as part time jobs and the teachers have been really understanding of these extra pressures.”

Denise Bolton, head of Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, said: “We are so proud of our students who have achieved another bumper set of results, but I am particularly proud of Bradley and others in similar situations who have worked tirelessly to get the results that they deserve.

“Rather than seek out the easiest option he remained focused, which goes to show that with hard work and determination together with the right kind of support our students can really achieve their full potential.”