Search

Schoolboy hits back at claims Newham background won him Eton scholarship

12:47 04 March 2014

Ishak Ayiris, 15, outside Forest Gate community school.

Ishak Ayiris, 15, outside Forest Gate community school.

Archant

A schoolboy has hit back at suggestions he got into one of Britain’s top public schools because of his disadvantaged background.

The 15-year-old said earning a scholarship to Eton is the result of “my ability and success during interview — there’s nothing else to it”.

Forest Gate Community College student Ishak Ayiris said he was disappointed with suggestions he earned his place at the £33,000 a year school due to his family being on benefits and his father being an Ethiopian immigrant.

The West Ham Park teenager has lived in Newham all his life and will be following in the footsteps of the prime minster and princes William and Harry.

He will take up his place at the elite school in September, where he will study for his A levels, Politics, History, English and Maths.

Ishak explained that drugs and crime have a big impact on the community in Newham, but it is his home and he wants to come back and improve it.

He added: “I want to help the people of Newham on an unorthodox level. I don’t necessarily want to be an MP but instead improve Newham on a grass roots level, working with people who live here to help change their lives.”

Ishak said getting into the school is something he has been working towards for a while and credits the dedication of his current head teacher, Simon Elliott, for giving him the confidence to apply.

Simon Elliot, 46, said: “He’ll go on to be a shining example to others and he’s already inspired younger students to follow in his footsteps.”

0 comments

Latest News Stories

The proposed development of the Royal Albert Dock (pic: HayesDavidson)

A £1.7billion business district planned for the Royal Albert Dock is one step closer to becoming reality after the Greater London Authority gave it the green light.

Newham Council
09:00
Hannah McDuffas delivering a cooked breakfasts to reporter Mark Shales.

A former teacher has swapped the classroom for the kitchen through her new cooked breakfast delivery business.

London
Yesterday, 16:00
Anees Ikramullah after completing his Nuts Challenge last month

Anees Ikramullah will be swapping the sidelines for the streets of London next weekend when he takes on his first London Marathon.

Yesterday, 12:00
Reporter Sophie Morton learns to row at the London Regatta Centre

My only experience of rowing is watching the boat race on television, and while I always thought it would take quite a bit of effort to cover the distance, it never looked as if it was excessively difficult.

Cambridge

Most read news

Competitions

Glen Moray whiskey could be winging its way to you.

The Glen Moray Classic is a classic Speyside single malt and forms the starting point for the Classic Range.

Read more
Seasons 1-4 on Blu-ray, as well as a shiny new Sony Blu-ray player could be coming your way!

To celebrate the fifth series of George RR Martin and HBO’s epic fantasy Game of Thrones, Ladbrokes is giving away a series one to four Blu-ray box set along with a Sony Blu-ray player to one lucky winner!

Read more

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder