Exam success for Manchester attack victim

A courageous teenager who suffered terrible shrapnel injuries in the Manchester terrorist attack has aced her GCSE English exam a year early after taking the test lying on her sofa

Millie Robson, who attends Woodham Academy, in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, told her mother almost straight after coming out of surgery that she still wanted to sit the exam.

Queen Elizabeth II speaking to Millie Robson, 15, a victim of the Manchester Arena terror attack, from Co Durham and her mother, Marie, during her recovery at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, as Millie has aced her GCSE English exam a year early after taking it lying down on her sofa

Queen Elizabeth II speaking to Millie Robson, 15, a victim of the Manchester Arena terror attack, from Co Durham and her mother, Marie, during her recovery at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, as Millie has aced her GCSE English exam a year early after taking it lying down on her sofa

Along with her friend Laura Anderson, both 15, she was struck by the blast that killed 22 people in Manchester Arena.

Despite suffering awful injuries, she bravely directed the emergency services away from her in the aftermath to treat others more seriously wounded.

Coming into school to collect her result, she found out she had achieved a 6 in her English language exam.

“I’m really happy with my result,” she said.

Millie Robson, 15

Millie Robson, 15

“I always saw myself doing it because I was really determined to do the exam and come back to school as quick as possible.

“I took it three days after I came out of hospital and did it on my couch with the invigilator sat in the corner.

“I did it on a tray lying on the couch, it was a lot less stressful than what it would have been in the hall.”

She had already met Ariana Grande before the concert having won a competition and was then pictured meeting the Queen in her hospital bed.

Millie Robson, 15, from Co Durham, as she recovered at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Millie Robson, 15, from Co Durham, as she recovered at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

She said: “I remember there were a lot of people a lot worse off than I was and I was in a position where I had people who were helping me out, so when you can hear kids that are really young screaming and crying in pain obviously any decent person would tell the emergency services to sort them out before they come to you.

“The support I have been getting from a lot of people - people from all over the world have been messaging me asking how I’m doing, and that has made me want to get better as quickly as possible.”

This week brought more good news as she came off the medication she has been taking since the attack.

Marie Robson, her mother, said it had been any parent’s worst nightmare at the time but she was so proud of how Millie had responded.

“I’m just so proud of her, she was determined pretty much from day one of being in hospital. One of the first things she said coming out of theatre was ‘I want to do my exam’,” she said.

“I spent a lot of time from the hospital in Manchester on the phone to the school making the arrangements and the fact is she’s done it a year early.

“It wouldn’t have been an issue to do it next year but it was one of the main things she was determined she was going to do.

“I’m so proud of her, she’s amazing.”

Headteacher Christine Forsyth said the positivity of both girls and both families has been amazing and an inspiration.

“You’ve just got to be really proud of their character and their determination to get back to normal,” she said.

“Millie is a very determined young lady, very strong and very clear that this is not going to make her into a victim but that she’s going to move forward with her life.”