Ribble Valley teenager Ben’s results are ACE

Ben Proos
Ben Proos

A CLEVER teenager, who recently won the prestigious “Young Magician of the Year 2011” competition, conjured up a wizard set of GCSE results at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn.

Sixteen-year-old Ben Proos, who lives in Brockhall Village, achieved 10 subjects at the top grade of A* and added an A grade for good measure, declaring himself “delighted” at the second major piece of good news he has received in the past four weeks.

As reported previously in the Clitheroe Advertiser & Times, Ben fought off tough competition at The Magic Circle, London, with a fast moving act featuring a dazzling array of billiard ball and card manipulations, parasol productions and an amazing routine with sunglasses that appeared and vanished in a flash.

Another Ribble Valley pupil to record a clean sweep of top grades at Queen Elizabeth’s was Oliver Roberts, from Balderstone, who was awarded eight A*s and three grade As. Overall, 43% of subjects at the school were awarded the top two grades, A* or A; including 13% at the highest grade of A*.