Student sits final GCSE exam day after giving birth

Sophie Broughton and her son Izaak

A day after giving birth, all that most mums can think about is nappies, feeding and sleeping.

But just 28 hours after becoming a mum, Bradford College student Sophie Broughton was sitting a GCSE exam.

The 16-year-old remarkably turned up to sit her maths exam the morning after welcoming baby Izaak into the world.

Sophie, from Shipley, even brought her son into college with her, with her own mum waiting with the newborn in the college café while Sophie tackled tricky maths problems.

Having not missed a single exam despite being heavily pregnant, Sophie was adamant she would make it in for her final exam.

“As soon as he was born I knew I could go in the next day,” said Sophie, who was in labour for seven hours before Izaak was born at 5.02am June 7.

“It was my last exam so I wanted to make sure I did it and completed everything.

“I think my tutors and classmates were pretty surprised to be see me I thought it would be silly not to go in after doing all the work.

“I can’t actually remember too much about the exam. I know I didn’t get chance to do much last minute revision but I think it went ok.”

Sophie, who had already sat three science papers, two English papers and two other maths papers before her postnatal paper, plans to carry on studying and has a place lined up on a Level 2 childcare course at college should she get the grades she needs.

Staff at Bradford College praised the teenager’s determination.

Tracy Wilkinson, 14-19 manager, said: “Sophie’s dedication to her education is truly impressive.

“To turn up for an exam so soon after giving birth is a real indication of her strength of character.

“We wish her, and Izaak, all the best in the future.”

“She should be incredibly proud of herself.”

Sophie’s mum added: “I have high hopes for Sophie and I am very proud of how much effort she put in to complete all the exams.”

Sophie is one of more than 2,000 students to sit GCSE examinations at Bradford College this year.

Many are set to descend on the college on Thursday to collect their results in person.

To coincide with the results day the college is holding an open day in its David Hockney Building on Great Horton Road between 11am and 2pm at which visitors can find out more about courses on offer GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs, Diplomas, BTECs and Apprenticeships as well as HNCs, HNDs, degrees and postgraduate courses including PGCEs. Book onto our open day HERE.