GCSE results 2019: Fantastic grades for Capital City Academy boy who had been to eight primary schools and once spoke only basic English

'Top GCSE performer' Ali Asharify with a Capital City Academy teacher.

'Top GCSE performer' Ali Asharify with a Capital City Academy teacher. - Credit: Archant

When Ali Asharify started Capital City Academy he had already attended eight primary schools.

Capital City Academy pupils Ayah Derraz and Tyler Tunstall.

Capital City Academy pupils Ayah Derraz and Tyler Tunstall. - Credit: Archant

The 16-year-old had been to three in his native Iraq, and then five in the UK while his family moved and relocated for work.

Despite speaking only basic level conversational English when he started at the Doyle Gardens secondary, he walked out of his school today with top grades.

Under his belt are four 9s, three 8s including one for English language, a 7, a 6, an A* and a Distinction.

He's staying on at the school to study maths, biology, chemistry and further maths.


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When he starts in Year 12 he will take part in the UK Maths Challenge having achieved a gold in Year 11 and come top in his year group.

Close friends Ayah Derraz and Tyler Tunstall who both started at the school in Year 7.

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Tyler achieved one 9, five 8s, two 7s and a 6 while Ayah got a 9, two 8s, two 7s, two 6s, two 5s and a 4.

The girls put down their success down to "hard work, revising together and quizzing each other every morning whilst walking to school."

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