Newham students scoop top awards for outstanding achievements

Abubakar Moallim is pictured at the awards with MP Diane Abbott, Darren Allaway from UBS and Maggie

Abubakar Moallim is pictured at the awards with MP Diane Abbott, Darren Allaway from UBS and Maggie Aderin Pocock, space scientist - Credit: Archant

Three students from the borough scooped top prizes in the prestigious London Schools and the Black Child Academic Achievement Awards at the House of Commons.

Amna Kheri from Little Ilford School, Harrison Iloh from Cumberland School, and Abubakar Moallim from Brampton Manor Academy were presented with the top honours in the GCSE girls, GCSE boys, and A-level boys categories respectively.

Each had been nominated for their outstanding academic achievement along with their involvement in sport, art, charity, and community engagement.

Amna received 11A*s while also running fund raising initiatives, training younger students in gymnastics, upholding her school prefect duties, and singing in the school choir.

Harrison achieved 8A*s and two 2As along with performing his school prefect duties, winning an award for his design of sustainable housing. He is also currently running for Young Mayor of Newham.

Finally, Abubakar achieved 4A*s - the best A-level results in his school - while also tutoring younger students in maths and science.

He is currently completing a prestigious placement with the Engineering research firm High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute and has been selected by Apple to learn their new coding language.

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MP Diane Abbott, who hosted the awards and is chair of the LSBC initiative, said: “Another year, another opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements of London’s young black students.

“Quite how they manage to fit in everything else whilst studying to achieve these fantastic results never ceases to amaze me.

“Tonight goes to show that despite the challenges of negative stereotypes facing them, these young black students are among the highest achievers in the country.”

Guest presenter DJ Trevor Nelson congratulated students.