Inspirational refugee student sets sights on future in politics
FOR teenager Delawar Paindazadeh, moving into the new building tops off a remarkable five years of secondary education.
He moved to Staffordshire at the age of 11 to escape the troubles in his native Afghanistan. The youngster, right, arrived at the then Blurton High unable to speak a word of English.
But now Delawar is head boy at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy and already has eight GCSEs after taking them early and achieving high grades.
The 15-year-old, who lives with foster parents in Cotes Heath, said: "Without the support from staff, I wouldn't have achieved all the things I have today."
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Delawar came to England with his older brother Shafiullah, who is now aged 23.
"My brother supported me from the beginning. He is now at college and wants to go to university to study politics," the teenager added.
Like Labour's famous Miliband brothers, the Paindazadeh brothers are both hoping to become politicians one day.
Delawar said: "I want to run something and be a leader. But if I can't do that, I want to go into boxing.
"It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, you can do what you want."
Delawar's favourite subject is history and he has achieved an A* in it at GCSE.
"We have more choice of what we can do in the new building. There are bigger classrooms and more computers. I think it's great," he said.