STUDENT Joseph Woodriff is celebrating success after upping his grades in two out of three GCSE resits.

The 16-year-old got low predicted GCSE results in August 2020 in three of his eight subjects instead of the higher grades he wanted.

But he retook Business Studies and Design & Technology in October and got grade four. His Geography resit stayed stubbornly at grade three.

His mum, Sandra Carleton, said: "Joseph beat two of the three teacher’s predicted grades despite being very ill with glandular fever the month before and not having studied the subjects for six months."

Joseph was the only pupil at his Trowbridge school to resit subjects after Mrs Carleton pressed the school to host the examinations.

Because of the poor grades, Joseph was unable to stay on at St Augustine's Catholic College for A levels.

Mrs Carleton added: "Because he had left, the school said they could not help him at all with anything, no revision, nothing. He spent no more than a few hours revision."

Joseph is now studying a BTEC business course at Bath College, which he started in September.

His twin sister Sophie was accepted for the St Augustine's sixth form but opted to leave and is now studying for GCSE A levels in Biology, Geography and Psychology at Stonar School near Melksham.

Mrs Carleton's youngest child, Charlie Carleton, 11, is a Year 7 pupil at St Augustine's.