GCSE results: Forest Gate pupil achieves grades to take up Eton scholarship
PUBLISHED: 14:21 24 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:21 24 August 2017
A Forest Gate schoolboy will be following in the footsteps of royalty after achieving the grades needed to take up a scholarship to Eton.
Kaashif Kamaly achieved six A*s and seven As in his GCSEs and will be taking up a place at the prestigious public school, which counts Princes William and Harry as alumni, in September.
The Forest Gate Community School pupil said: “I’m so happy words can’t even describe. I’m totally in shock.
“It’s been a difficult couple of years but I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved, and it’s thanks to my parents and the school.”
“The first part of the three part educational trilogy has finished. Eton College next. I’ve worked so hard, now I’ve finally done it. I feel like I’ve proved myself.”
The teenager credits his “hero” father Shah Mia, who works as an immigration officer at Heathrow despite a disability, and his mother Shewly Begum, as having instilled a work ethic into him.
He said that visiting Eton for the first time was “quite scary”.
“There is a hump you go over when you get there and first see the school, and I felt my guts plummet,” he said.
“It was an emotional rollercoaster on the first day. But integration was swift and I was treated as one of their own.”
Kaashif’s headteacher, Simon Elliott, said of his pupil: “Kaashif is one of the most diligent and hardworking students I have ever taught.
“These results mean he has now confirmed his place at Eton. There he will receive the kind of education usually reserved for the very elite of this country.
“His success will act as an inspiration to all the pupils at this school. If you have the determination and the talent we will help you reach your potential.”
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