Taking it to the Max: Student hits high notes at exam time

AS Plato didn’t say but might have done had he seen Maxim Burchill’s GCSE results: ‘The boy done good!

The 16-year-old was Mossley Hollins’ top performer in the GCSE results announced last month to a nervous audience.

Maxim, hoping to study Ancient History at Oxford University, passed 12 exams, 11 of which were at grades equivalent to A*-A.

Maxim (left) celebrating his results with other pupils

Then again the top Mossley boy is used to getting top marks. As a member of the School’s brass band, he celebrated 10 out of 10 victories at this year’s Whit Friday Band contest.

“It’s one of my only hobbies; I am pretty boring really,” he said with self deprecating humour.

“But I read quite a lot: a combination of Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett while I like Plato and Socrates.”

After his exam successes Maxim will next follow older brother, Josef, to Ashton Sixth Form College, to study philosophy, history, maths and law.

“I do enjoy law but it is the one I did worst in,” he explained. “But ancient history is what I find most interesting – and there is quite a variety to be fair.

“I am very pleased with the results and was extremely nervous before they came out.

“With the new reforms and maths getting so much harder I can’t really imagine being in the younger years because they will have it even worse.”

Interesting thoughts from a teenager who clearly falls into the first category of a genuine Plato saying: “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.”


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