A teenager who transitioned gender during her GCSEs is now celebrating a fantastic set of exam results.
Cai Wynne-Williams, 16, who studies at Cardiff High School began her transition into a girl when she was 13 – just shortly before starting her GCSEs.
Today, she is celebrating achieving six A* grades, two A grades and a B including a Welsh Baccalaureate and additional maths.
Cai received overwhelming support from her school after informing teachers about her transition.
School bosses adapted their uniform policy, established unisex toilet facilities, and set about educating staff, pupils and parents about transgender identities.
Cai said she credits her school, classmates and teachers for supporting her through the last two-and-a-half years, and helping her achieve her potential, Wales Online reports.
Cai began her time at Cardiff High School in Year 7, but it was when she was 13 that she began to realise she was transgender.
"I have always kind of been a bit different," Cai said.
"I have always played with girls' toys, when I was younger I would dress up in girls' clothes but I never really thought about it.
"When I was coming into high school, a friend came out as gay and he really helped me figure out my way around it.
"It was around Year 8, towards the end, that I realised this is probably who I am but I hadn't come out in school, or come out to anyone apart from my friends."
Cai said she initially came out to her deputy headteacher, Allison Yarrow, to ask if she could change to wearing the girls' school uniform. She was also keen to start attending girls' PE lessons.
But the school decided to change many more policies over the school holidays to help Cai feel more comfortable.
Their gendered school uniform colours were changed, a set of toilets was set aside as unisex, and guidance was issued to teachers.
Cai said the reaction from staff and pupils exceeded her expectations.
"The staff have been amazing here," she said. "They don't mention it, it isn't a thing.
"Everyone has been welcoming. I have a big group of friends. Most of the people in my year I've had no problems with.
"I had a few issues, but it was nothing huge and it was really quickly resolved."
Although Cai has always been a high-achieving pupil, when she began her transition her school work did suffer for a short period.
"There was a bit of a rough spot in maths and a couple of things," she said.
"I think that was when I was really just not confident and not at ease. I wasn't getting the best results.
"I was lot more focused on other things than revising and bothering with tests. I was a bit too in my own head I think."
She added: "It has been a huge difference in me. I feel so much more at ease.
"At the start I had short hair, I was wearing boys' clothes and it was something heavy on you all the time and you always felt uncomfortable.
"Where I am now, I feel so much more comfortable in every day life than I did a year ago."
As a creative pupil, she has often taken part in some of the school's musicals, including parts Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady.
Cai is now planning to stay on at Cardiff High to study Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Drama at A Level.
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