Ryan returned to school in September 2017 to begin Year 11 on the agreement he was only going to attend part-time for English and Maths lessons and only sit those GCSEs with his peers. Ryan is autistic and putting him back a year would have been catastrophic to his wellbeing. As it turned out, Ryan only managed the first four days of the new school year before his cancer relapsed on 11 September. Fortunately, he was well enough this time to begin a new immunotherapy
treatment that meant he could still attend school for his English and Maths lessons. But due to treatment schedules and regular hospital appointments, he only managed to attend 43% of those lessons. Nevertheless, he sat his Maths GCSE exam with his peers in November 2017 and achieved, beyond all expectations, a Grade B.