Teenager's unusual exam subject

PUBLISHED: 11:38 23 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:54 12 July 2010

Chantelle Fryer

Chantelle Fryer

A teenager who is taking part in an unusual sport to count towards her GCSE exams will be hoping she is not skating on thin ice when it comes to results time.

A TEENAGER who is taking part in an unusual sport to count towards her GCSE exams will be hoping she is not skating on thin ice when it comes to results time.

Chantelle Fryer, 15, who attends Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston, is taking part in ice-skating sessions which will count towards her GCSE in physical education.

The teenager has been training since September 2007 at the Norwich Sport Village, to produce a routine on the ice which she hopes will gain her top grades when the GCSE results come out in August this year.

She has submitted a DVD of her performance to examining body Edexcel, where experts will assess her routine and add it to her marks for the other sections of the PE GCSE before giving her a final grade in August.

Chantelle had to seek confirmation from exam board Edexcel that it would accept the ice routine as part of her GCSE.

Chantelle, who is also studying GCSEs in music, geography and German as well as the core subjects, said: "Ice-skating was something which I had not really done before so I thought I would give it a try and gradually as I have been practising more and more, I have built up confidence on the ice.

"It is not easy. I thought when I first took it up, I would learn a lot faster, but once you crack it, it is fun."

As part of her routine she does crossovers, crossing one leg over the other on the ice, and spirals while standing on one leg.

Rounders and personal survival lessons will also count towards her PE GCSE.

But her ambition is not to follow in the footsteps of Olympic ice skating champions Torvill and Dean.

She said: "I want to do something completely diff-erent when I leave school, I would really like to be a vet."

Dad John Fryer, 46, said: "She has worked so very hard, she has always been sporty so when this chance came up to do the ice-skating she decided to take it. We are very pleased and very proud because we know just how much work she has put into this."

It is estimated there are now nearly 200 different subject choices for students at GCSE level.

In September last year, examining body OCR which serves Norfolk announced its draft shortlist of 43 new GCSEs which includes ancient history, biblical Hebrew, business and communication systems, business studies and classical civilisation.

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