Congratulations to him for his maths result (although will he really make it to a 'top' university? He won't have all his GCSEs at the same sitting at the end of year 11, or all his A levels at the same sitting at the end of year 13
), but I feel sorry for him, failing to get into CRGS on the strength of his English after all that input. I don't know exactly where his home village is, but at least his parents didn't go down the 'grammar school at any cost' route and send him on a four hour or so round trip every day to join us at the seaside. (Assuming the lad only didn't score highly enough for CRG, rather than fail altogether).
One thing I really don't understand, though, is the father's comment about how he would have been able to have a lucrative City career if only he had been 'prodded' himself? If his academic history was really as reported, he could have turned down the route he apparently wanted, at any stage.