FORMER St Richard Gwyn pupil James Channon has obtained top A-level grades despite having to deal with the aftermath of his brother Thomas’s tragic death.

James, of Rhoose, achieved 4 A*s in A-level biology, chemistry, mathematics and economics and has secured a place in the Glasgow dental school.

Thomas died after falling around 70ft over a knee-high wall at the Eden Roc complex in Magaluf on Thursday, July 19.

Dad, John Channon said: “Following an especially difficult time since losing his brother Tom in a tragic accident while on holiday abroad with friends during the summer of 2018, 18-year-old James Channon received some wonderful news.

“James was a student at the Cardiff Sixth Form College, Newport Road, Cardiff, and was previously a pupil at St Richard Gwyn in Barry.

“Although he wanted to study dentistry, he found that he had to sit an additional test only weeks after receiving the news about his brother.

“The strict, formal process makes no allowance for extenuating circumstances and some university dental schools closer to home, including Cardiff, recommended that he should apply next year.

“However, his determination to continue his studies this year paid off when one of the top dental schools in the UK, Glasgow, offered him a place for this September.

“In the event, he far exceeded his offer.

“They have been supportive and understanding throughout the process and have offered particular congratulations on such an outstanding achievement.”