Tears of joy for Harold Hill AS-level student who beat the odds after car crash injury

PUBLISHED: 16:28 13 August 2015 | UPDATED: 16:28 13 August 2015

Grace Taylor, of Drapers Academy, Harold Hill, was in a car accident the same week as her AS-level exams and sat one exam with concussion. She got two As and a B and cried with happiness.

Grace Taylor, of Drapers Academy, Harold Hill, was in a car accident the same week as her AS-level exams and sat one exam with concussion. She got two As and a B and cried with happiness.


Grace Taylor thought there was little hope of passing her AS-level exams after she was knocked unconscious in a car accident during the exam period.

The 17-year-old, who attends Drapers Academy, in Settle Road, Harold Hill, missed two exams and had to sit another while she was concussed.

But when she ripped open the envelope today tears of joy streaked down her cheeks.

Grace had passed with flying colours, achieving two As and a B in psychology, business studies and biology.

She proudly said: “I can’t believe it, I thought I was going to fail.”

Grace, of Melksham Gardens, Harold Hill, was driving through Brentwood in May, with her mother and brother when the accident happened.

She explained: “We were driving at about 40mph in a 60mph zone and a guy just pulled out of a side road.

“He hit my side, I was knocked unconscious and my mum and brother both broke an arm.”

Remarkably Grace still sat some exams even though she was concussed for a week.

She said: “It was hard because I had to read each question three or four times.”

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