23 August 2018
A 14 yearold Vietnamese school girl who had written four novels by the time she was 13 has achieved a full set of grade 9s and A*s in her GCSEs.
Amanda Do arrived at girls’ school Francis Holland, Sloane Square in London on a bursary in September last year. Only 13 years old, she had already written four novels, was studying undergraduate physics and, one year into piano, was taking Grade 5. Putting her into the correct year group for her age seemed pointless so she skipped two years and went straight into Year 11.
Amanda’s teachers devised a curriculum specially for her, condensing all her GCSE courses into a nine month period. During the course of the year, she threw herself into the life of the school, singing in the school’s Chamber Choir in venues such as St George’s Chapel, designing robots, doing pottery and textile clubs, and winning national maths awards. During the summer, Amanda spent some time at a maths camp where she performed her own piano composition entitled ‘Challenge’ in the talent show.
Today she gained a full sweep of the very top grades (9s and A*s), and will begin her sixth form studies at Francis Holland, Sloane Square on a full scholarship. Amanda has grade 9 GCSEs in computer science, geography, maths, religious studies and English language, and A*s in English literature, biology, chemistry and physics.
Amanda says: “I was surprised but pleased with my results. Now I’m looking forward to studying maths, further maths, biology and chemistry at A level and going to university to study biochemistry. There are so many medical issues I would like to research. I am also constructing a new language.”
Francis Holland School, Sloane Square headmistress, Lucy Elphinstone, said: “Amanda is a very special young woman, deeply loved in our community. We are delighted she was able to benefit from our bespoke education which focuses at all times on nurturing the talents of each individual pupil.”