PUPILS at Eden Girls’ School, Coventry are celebrating their GCSE achievements following a year of pandemic challenges but for one student – Farah Khan – the big day was particularly poignant.
Farah’s father was diagnosed with an aggressive and incurable form of cancer in March 2020 and her family found themselves busier than ever, as they juggled a whirlwind of hospital appointments, caring responsibilities and school work.
Farah said her final goodbye to her dad in June, just a little over a year after he received his initial diagnosis.
Farah said: “I know that my dad would be proud of me, I tried my absolute hardest and I know I could not have done any better.
“My dad always encouraged me to aim high, so that I could be independent and have a successful career.
“Throughout it all, I wanted to have as normal a life as possible, I was lucky to have some incredible support.
“My teachers were very kind and the school Principal was in touch with my mum to let us know the whole school was there for us.”
Farah achieved an excellent set of GCSE results including two grade 8s, two grade 7s, two grade 6s and two grade 5s, during a period of exceptional challenge.
She added: “I think one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from this is that although we knew my father wasn’t going to be with us for long, none of us really know what the future would bring.
“I advise anyone else who is going through a similar situation to always keep your head up and remember who and what you are working for.
“Always keep your goals in mind and, as long as you have the support and love of good people, put your faith in God and remain confident in your goals, everything will work out.”
Farah’s mother, Shazia Khan, said she was incredibly proud of her daughter, who had been an immense source of support to her father and the whole family.
“Farah dealt with the whole situation with such maturity, she was an enormous comfort to her dad.
“Even when she caught Covid and had to stay away from her dad, she would FaceTime him and give him virtual hugs to keep his spirits up.
Anand Patel, Principal at Eden Girls’ School praised Farah for her exceptional maturity and commitment to her studies during a time of great personal loss.
“Farah is a shining example of triumph in the face of adversity. Her incredible fortitude and her ability to continue her studies with such commitment during this exceptionally difficult time is truly remarkable.
“I know that Farah has a wonderful future ahead of her and that, with her intelligence and determination, she will go on to achieve many great things.
Farah will continue her studies with A levels in psychology, biology and English and hopes to study psychology at university.