Niamh’s success is a memorial to her dad

August 29 2014

FAIRFIELD High School's head girl Niamh Hunt wowed prospective parents at an open evening in March when she described how she felt about the place.

FAIRFIELD High School's head girl Niamh Hunt wowed prospective parents at an open evening in March when she described how she felt about the place.
But what visitors to the comprehensive in Horfield did not know was that Niamh's father, Kevin, had died only the day before.
Kevin, 53, a builder by trade, had been diagnosed with lung cancer six weeks before his death, to the shock of Niamh and her brothers Hayden, 19, and Gareth, 22 and sister Laura, 23.
But the 16-year-old, who lives in Eastville, stayed strong and kept up with her GCSE studies, and now she has been rewarded with an excellent set of grades - six A*s, two As, a B and a distinction – and is looking forward to moving on to Redcliffe Sixth Form to study English Literature, French, history and politics
She said: “I know my dad would have wanted me to keep carrying on with things. It would have upset him if I hadn't.”
Niamh, who plans to go on to study, praised her teachers for their understanding and support over the months leading up to her exams. She said that at times it had been good to have the distraction of attending lessons and being with friends.
“I am the sort of person to throw myself into work. It was good to have stuff to do rather than dwelling on things,” she said.
Niamh's mum Maureen Sutherland was in no doubt that her former partner would be proud of their daughter's success, and of the way all four children supported one another.
“I am so proud of them. They are incredible kids. They did what they had to do,” she said. “They are all very close.”
Niamh, who went to Sefton Park Junior School before starting at Fairfield, said her siblings would be pleased at her success.
“I have always looked up to them, especially my sister. She has been a great role model,” she said.
She is looking forward to celebrating with the family but for the time being, after opening the results envelope, she said: “I think I might just have a cup of tea.”
Catriona Mangham, headteacher said: “Everyone is extremely proud to have taught Niamh throughout her time at FHS and her results are thoroughly deserved. She is a credit to her school and family and we wish her all the best in her future which we know will be amazing”.

Niamh Hunt with mum