A dream to work abroad and use her French language skills is a step closer for Molly Bowden who has achieved fantastic results in her GCSE exams – six Grade 9s, two 8s and a 7!

Born profoundly deaf 16-year-old Molly is now planning to study A Levels including History and French at her local Six Form College in Huddersfield.

Molly received Auditory Verbal therapy as a baby and had surgery for bi-lateral cochlear implants when she was 21-months old.

Mum Emma said: “Working with AVUK was fantastic and just so helpful for Molly who has gone on to attend mainstream school and now achieve such wonderful exam results. We are so very proud of her.

“Being deaf has never stopped Molly from doing anything and the support from AVUK has definitely given her and us as a family the confidence to know that she can achieve her dreams.”

Molly enjoys volunteering, arts and crafts and has completed her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award and has spoken at school about what it is like being deaf to increase awareness.

She said: “Being deaf from birth hasn’t been an easy experience however it has inspired me to become more resilient and has made me a stronger person. I am able to advocate and stand up for myself to ensure I am not held back from achieving my goals”