Starting a new school is nerve-wracking but when Rashida Jabeen arrived in Britain she had to cope with learning a new language while trying to settle into the classroom.

When Rashida moved to Keighley two years ago, after emigrating from Pakistan with her family, she couldn't speak a word of English.

But since then she has learned the language and has thrown herself into her studies at Greenhead School. Now she plans to become a doctor.

Rashida, 15, was rewarded for her remarkable achievement when she was named a winner in the learning category of Bradford's Bravest awards.

Organised by Bradford charity the Chantelle Bleau Memorial Fund, in association with the Telegraph & Argus, the scheme is open to young people aged 11 to 18 who have overcome a difficulty through courage, dedication or determination.

"I couldn't speak any English at all," said Rashida. "Everything was totally new; the country, the language, the culture, my home, the school. I was really nervous when I started school because I couldn't understand anyone, it was so different from what I'd been used to. But I was determined to do well."

Last summer Rashida attended the glittering Bradford's Bravest event.

"I couldn't believe it when I won," she said. "It has really spurred me on to do even better at school. Now I help other pupils who are new, I show them round and help get them used to everything. I remember how hard it was for me, but I made friends and learned the language and now I love it."

Rashida was nominated by head of year, Nasa Raja, who said: "She settled in quickly and made tremendous progress. In terms of learning English as a second language, what she has achieved in such a short time is excellent. She's fitted in really well and now she's a great role model for younger pupils."

Teachers and youth workers across the district are urged to make nominations for a Bradford's Bravest award.

The awards are in memory of Chantelle Bleau who died, aged 16, after sniffing cigarette lighter fuel. Chantelle's parents set up the Fund to work with schools and youth organisations, raising awareness of solvent abuse.

"We're looking for young people who have dealt with any kind of difficulty, it could be an illness, disability or a problem at home or school. They may have been injured in an accident or rescued someone, they may help with a community group or be a carer," said Christian Allsworth, the charity's development fund worker.

The awards will be presented in July at the Abundant Life Centre. There will be one overall winner, as well as category winners. Prince Andrew has been invited to attend and there will be a surprise celebrity guest.

This year every nominee is invited to the ceremony. The overall winner will receive £100 in vouchers and £200 for their school and the winners of each category will receive £100 vouchers.

For more details call (01274) 726326.