GCSE joy for resilient Yorkshire teen who battled rare ovarian cancer at just 13

A keen rider who launched her own charity after battling a rare ovarian cancer could see her dreams of becoming a medic come true after excelling in her GCSEs.

Bradford Grammar School student Tabby Wood.

Tabitha Wood, known as Tabby, is in remission after undergoing emergency surgery at just 13 when a tumour the size of a melon was discovered.

The now 16-year-old Bradford Grammar School student, who raised more than £24,000 for charity, launched Tabby’s Trust earlier this year to help other children in hospital.

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Now, having been awarded three Grade 9s, six Grade 8s, and a Grade 7 in her GCSE results, she is looking forward to sixth form where she intends to study Chemistry, Biology and History.

Bradford Grammar School student Tabby Wood with mother Sarah.

“Having spent so long in hospital I know what a difference a good medic can make, so after that I’d like to go into medicine or become a vet,” she said.

Her mother, Sarah Wood, said the family was proud of Tabby’s achievements: “The last week has been difficult, with more uncertainty than expected around results, but we’re really pleased that she has achieved such great results and worked so hard at school, alongside her fundraising and volunteering for children like her.

Headmaster Dr Simon Hinchliffe paid tribute to Tabby’s resilience: “We’re all incredibly proud of Tabby and the exceptional person she has become.”


Tabby Wood with mother Sarah and father Adrian.

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Bradford Grammar School student Tabby Wood.

James Mitchinson