GCSE RESULTS: Crawley boy who flew his first plane aged ten gets eight A*s at GCSE


A Crawley boy who flew his first plane aged ten has got eight A*s at GCSE.

Hazelwick School pupil Andrew Wood, 16, received his results this morning (August 20).

Andrew, of Worth, said: “I’ve wanted to be a pilot since I was five.

“I’m just a really big fan of planes in general.

“I was ten when I flew a plane for the first time.”

He got eight A*s and three As at GCSE, and an A in a Free Standing Maths Qualification.

He said: “I was aiming for A*s across the board.

“Most of the flying schools request at least five A*s to C (at GCSE) - I happen to have got that so that’s good.”

Andrew’s mother’s colleague had taken him on a plane when he was ten-years-old.

He was allowed to take the light aircraft’s controls.

Andrew said he was set to get his pilot’s licence next year.

He said: “There’s a distinct opportunity I’ll get my pilot’s licence before my driver’s licence.”

Andrew started taking flying lessons when he was fourteen and has flown for 40 hours, including two unaccompanied.

He said he was ‘addicted’ to the video game Flight Simulator for ten years.

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