A BASINGSTOKE dad has expressed his shock after receiving his daughter’s exam results in the post 14 years after they were sent.

Martin Wybrow, from Headington Close, Brighton Hill, couldn't believe his eyes when the exam results turned up in the post more than a decade after being sent. 

His daughter, Rosie Wybrow, was a student at Queen Mary's College (QMC) in Basingstoke in 2009 and she requested her GCSE and A-Level results to aid in her application to university. 

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However, the results have only just arrived, 14 years after being sent. 

Martin received a card in the post outlining a charge for a letter addressed to Rosie. He paid the fee and received a "battered and crumpled, but in good condition" letter containing her results.

“It intrigued me to what might have happened, and why QMC were sending my daughter’s exam results now," said Martin.

The letter was not dated. However, he noted the QMC logo on the top of the envelope, containing the name of the previous principal Stephen Sheedy.

After phoning the college, Martin found that Stephen has not been the principal since 2013, meaning the results must have been sent at least a decade ago.

However, keen to try and solve the mystery, Martin wanted to narrow down the date even further.

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He said: “I have been working as a stamp dealer for about 15 years, so I got my catalogue of British stamps out, I looked through, and went back to 2009. The stamp from 2009 in the book perfectly matched the stamp on the envelope.”

He added: “It’s taken 14 years to get from QMC to me in Brighton Hill.”

Rosie, now 32, works as a secondary school English teacher in Torquay. 

A spokesperson for QMC said: “Each results day we enjoy seeing our students in person to collect their results slips and celebrate their successes with us.

“We always post uncollected results later the same day, to students who cannot attend in person. In doing so we certainly hope that they would be delivered more promptly than in this instance!”

However, a spokesperson for Royal Mail said: “According to our data we received the letter on the 14th of October 2023.

“Where it could’ve been for 14 years we can’t say.”