Successful people who didn’t do well at school

It’s easy to tell someone not to worry if they don’t do as well as they anticipated in their exams, because at the time it feels like your whole future is determined by a letter on a piece of paper. 

However, once you’ve had time to reflect you will realise that it won’t determine your whole life.

Here is a list of eight celebrities that didn’t do well at school. You may think that they are a select few, but you can almost guarantee that most people who fail their exams still land on their feet. 

I hope this gives you solace today. 

Richard Branson left school at 16. 

Jon Snow got 1 A-level. 

Lord Alan Sugar has 1 GCSE. 

Sarah Millican failed her A-levels. 

J.K Rowling didn’t get into Oxford University. 

Jeremy Clarkson got 1 A Level. He famously tweeted: “If your A Level results aren’t great be cheered by the fact that I got a C and two Us. And I’m currently sitting in a villa in St Tropez.”

Simon Cowell left school with three O Levels. 

Cheryl dropped out of Walker Comprehensive School in Newcastle.  

Robbie Williams failed every single one of his GCSEs.


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