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16-Year-Old Becomes Second Hungarian Student Hailed As Role Model In The UK For Academic Excellence

Ferenc Sullivan 2015.08.25.

16-year-old Hungarian student Kristóf Kökösi has been hailed as a role model in the British press for academic excellence after receiving an A* English Literature GCSE, the British equivalent of a matriculation certificate, despite arriving in the country two years ago speaking hardly any English.

The report, published in the Independent newspaper, comes just a week after another Hungarian immigrant student, Róza Győrfi, was celebrated in a programme aired on the UK television channel ITV after becoming the first-ever student from her South London secondary school to gain a place at Oxford University.

The teenager, who studies at Ark Elvin Academy in Wembley, London and  gained A* grades in English literature, maths and geography, as well as three more As, a B and two Cs, says his teachers helped by staying behind with him to improve his learning, which has inspired him to take up teaching as a career himself.

Recalling his two years of “extra-hard” work since arriving to the UK, he told the newspaper that he “started by memorising 30 to 40 words each day and practised speaking and writing because it wasn’t easy”, adding that he occasionally stayed at school until 7 pm in the second year.

92 per cent of the multi-cultural school’s students are of minority ethnic origin, 36% qualify for free school meals and over 50 different languages are spoken by pupils.

Watch ITV’s report featuring fellow Hungarian Ms. Győrfi, who has become the face of a phenomenon that is seeing London secondary schools’ academic standards improve as a result of immigrant pupils’ higher levels of ambition, aspiration and punctuality:

via independent.co.uk
photo: independent.co.uk


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