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Ballet dancer achieves straight As after putting back surgery on hold

Amy Pollock sat her exams at Williamwood High School in East Renfrewshire before undergoing a successful operation.

Amy Pollock feared she would not dance again due to curvature of the spine (Mark F Gibson/PA)
Amy Pollock feared she would not dance again due to curvature of the spine (Mark F Gibson/PA)

A schoolgirl is pursuing her dream of a ballet career after securing 10 A grades in her exams – following fears she would not dance again.

Amy Pollock from Clarkston in East Renfrewshire has scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, and was told she needed urgent surgery as she prepared to sit her exams at Williamwood High School.

The 15-year-old decided to postpone the operation so she could sit her nine National 5 exams and Higher dance along with her friends.

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Amy Pollock from Clarkston, East Renfrewshire (Mark F Gibson)

The surgery at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh on June 6 was successful and on Tuesday morning Amy received a text to say she had achieved straight As.

The teenager, who started dancing at the age of two and joined Scottish Ballet’s junior programme at 10, said:  “It was scary and hard but if the surgery was going to take the dancing part of me away, I knew I couldn’t let it take my grades as well.

“So I just had to put it to the side and concentrate and work hard.”

On getting her results she said: “I was so shocked and happy, I felt that all the work I put in was worth it.

“Everything went really well with the surgery and I’m looking to start dancing again soon, which is great as I didn’t think I would.”

Amy had scoliosis as a young child but it became more severe at the start of the year and she was told she needed surgery just weeks before sitting her exams.

“That absolutely crushed me – I thought I would never dance again and I didn’t know what was ahead of me,” she said.

Now it's about working hard to get her dancing back for her Mother Gillian Pollock

Her mother Gillian, 43, said there was “some screaming” on Tuesday when Amy shared her results with the family, including her father and her brother Ben, 10.

Mrs Pollock, a head teacher in Coatbridge, said: “We are incredibly proud of her – she does really put the work in in both her dance and in school.

“We just encourage that and she just seems to thrive on it. We are delighted today, really delighted.”

She added: “It was major surgery she had so the next day when she was told to stand, that was the best feeling.

“We knew she had the feeling in her legs and it was just about the road to recovery.

“Now it’s about working  hard to get her dancing back for her.”

Amy received As in National 5 English, maths, French, biology, modern studies, PE, Spanish, drama and business, and Higher dance.

Williamwood High deputy head teacher Kate Sinclair said: “Amy is a girl with a tremendous work ethic but to go into those exams knowing she had an operation coming up and then get 10 As, I am so, so proud of her.

“She has shown such resilience and I’m so happy for her.”

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