Straight A student Kaashif, 16, says he can't wait to get started at the college where Winston Churchill as well as Princes William and Harry were educated after achieving 6 A*s and 7 As.
He 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.'
Kaashif 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 strong work ethic into him.
He added: 'I'm relieved with what I got, what I have in front me: it's opened a gateway. To say it's a victory for myself is an injustice. I would say it's 80 per cent down to the school. They have really pushed me. It's a debt that can't be repaid.'
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