A 65-year-old Southsea grandmother waited for the postman’s knock and very special news – her O-level results.
Brenda Bryant, of St Augustine Road, was trembling when she opened her envelope, but she need not have worried.
The pensioner, who left school half a century before, won a grade A pass in English language and a grade C in English literature.
She said: ‘I had been to art classes, but when I saw the advertisement for Highbury’s felxi-classes, I thought I would have a go.
‘You do most of your study at home. I got up at six every day in the winter and studied for two hours.
‘When I walked into the exam room all the teenagers thought I was an invigilator. You should have seen their faces when I sat down and picked up an exam paper.’