DAWUD Ghafar was described as a “true inspiration” in his nomination form, for battling against significant adversity to excel at school

The Laisterdyke Leadership Academy student was nominated by his former maths teacher for the award.

Khawer Iqbal said: “Despite all the hardships throughout his young life he always maintained a smile and was never seen to be upset or down.

“He lost his father at a young age and has suffered many health complications; but to anyone who sees him they would never know; just as I didn’t.

“He doesn’t create a fuss about the difficulty of his life or his problems. rather he is full of energy and definitely deserving of this reward.

“On top of all his issues he also has to care for his mother and sibling. I can’t even imagine having to do that at his age and he is doing it better than most adults.

“He was a real pleasure to teach and deserves the best in life. He is a true inspiration to me, his teachers and to all youngsters out there.”

Laura Dawson, head of Year 10, said: “He is a hard working, star student.

“We are all really proud of him here at Laisterdyke, and I know Khawer, who nominated him, will be really proud too.”