“A Haverstock student Pellumb Ahmetaj, 17, whose family arrived in the UK from Kosovo in 1999, gained 11 GCSEs, including one A* and six As and is now studying five A-levels. Pellumb said he wants to study aerospace engineering at university.”

More than 100 refugee pupils from primary and secondary schools across Camden in London were honoured for their achievements during an awards ceremony at the Camden Centre.

The children and young people received certificates from the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Jonathan Simpson, for their high academic achievements, good progress in their studies and other contributions to school life, including sports, arts and supporting others.

The Refugee Pupils’ Achievement Awards Ceremony, which took place on Tuesday 22 June, is now in its ninth year and is run by Camden Council’s school improvement service. It aims to recognise the extra efforts and particular contributions made by children and young people from refugee families.

Many are recent arrivals in the country and face challenges adjusting to a new language and culture as well as settling in at school and keeping up with their studies.

Despite this, many have made good progress at school and achieved amazing results.

A Haverstock student Pellumb Ahmetaj, 17, whose family arrived in the UK from Kosovo in 1999, gained 11 GCSEs, including one A* and six As and is now studying five A-levels. Pellumb said he wants to study aerospace engineering at university.

The Mayor, Councillor Jonathan Simpson, said: “Camden’s diversity is one of its biggest strengths, so it was a real pleasure to meet some of the borough’s young refugees and asylum seekers and to celebrate their magnificent contributions to our schools.”

Councillor Heather Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Families, Camden Council, said: “The commitment to learning shown by these young people is an excellent example to others. Your families and schools are rightly very proud.”

Holy Trinity and St Silas Primary School jazz band also performed during the event.

Source:
Camden Press Office