Mohamed Mahyoub, who combined his English GCSE at Priestley with a BTEC in IT, an A-Level in Arabic and an AS in Business, won the awards last week and then spoke of the importance of education.
“I believe that weaknesses do not have to hold you back. I had lots of weaknesses when I was younger, but realised that education can help you develop and turn your weaknesses into strengths,” he said.
At 14, Mohamed emigrated from Yemen to the UK, however he didn’t speak any English.
Now, less than 10 years later, he is a successful young man helping young people in his community, whilst studying for a PhD.
Mohamed struggled in school but still achieved eight GCSEs with A – C grades and enrolled at Priestly College to re-sit English GCSE which he passed.
He took part in activities, such as the Six Book Challenge, to improve his English and also achieved A-levels in Arabic and a BTEC diploma in IT.
Mohamed received unconditional offers from five universities, eventually graduating from Liverpool John Moores University with a first in a BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Science.
He is currently studying full-time for a PhD in Data Analytic & Artificial Intelligence.
His learning has inspired him to launch NativeStart, a youth organisation supporting Yemeni and Arabic communities in Warrington.
He also co-founded web development company, UKByte Ltd, providing employment and work experience for young people.
Mohamed’s nominator Janet Puzylo said: “He is an inspiration to everyone he meets. He came to this country as a young teenager with nothing but the love of his grandparents and a burning desire to succeed and help others.
“His achievements in learning are brilliant, especially considering where he started and his dream to build a better world for others is being put into practical motion.”