A young boy who was told he’d never be a lawyer ‘because he’s from Willesden’ has received incredible GCSE results.
Students up and down the country have today (Thursday, August 12) received their results after a difficult school year.
15-year-old Dillon Donnelly is one who is celebrating, after achieving five A grades and six A*s.
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Dillon said: “When I tell people I want to be a lawyer they’ve said you can’t be a lawyer as you’re from Willesden”.
The Newman Catholic College pupil who is the youngest to receive his GCSE’s at 15-years-old, not only gained exceptional results, but managed to secure a scholarship at the prestigious Radley College in Oxfordshire.
The teenager impressed heads at the boarding school who agreed to waive the £11,475 per term fee for the aspiring lawyer.
He said: “I want to prove that you can be a lawyer no matter where you are from and I aim to break those stereotypes. I am really happy.”
The London teen’s excellent grades mean that once he ventures off to university after completing his A-levels at the college, will make him the first in his family to pursue higher education.
The teenager said: “I’m just so proud of myself and I’m looking forward to going to Radley College before I go on to the likes of Cambridge University to do my law degree.”
Among his outstanding scores, Dillon gained an A star in Drama, which the aspiring lawyer believes will come in handy as he joked that “being a lawyer means lots of bluffing”.
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To add to the jubilation, the school in Harlesden where Dillon attended as a year 11 pupil, gained overall success.
Newman Catholic College performed a grade and a third better than expected, despite the challenging situation of dealing with Covid as well as navigating ever changing guidance.
The head of the North West London school, Danny Coyle expressed his delight in the students persevering through difficult times.
The head teacher said: “We are delighted with today’s results given the fact that the education of students has been disrupted halfway through year 10.
“Their perseverance and resilience have resulted in their outstanding achievements.
“We feel like this country is in good hands as these young people go on to bigger things.
“We congratulate them all.”
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