Teenager who fled Bangladesh and lives in a council flat with his family wins a place at posh college

Maheraj Ahmed will study history, chemistry, biology and physics in the sixth form on a £76,000 scholarship.

He won his place after a three-day assessment, including three entrance exams, seven interviews and a public debate.

Maheraj, who shares a three-bedroom flat in Barkingside, East London, with his parents and younger brother and sister, said: “People would not think that I’d have much in common with the boys at Eton but I did not find them stuck-up. They want to do well in life and that is all I want.

“The only difference is my motivation is maybe stronger.

“My family and I have had a hard life, going to Eton will give me a chance to make our lives better.”

Maheraj, was five when his family left Bangladesh to escape civil unrest.

Mum Rani said: “We are so proud of our son. Ever since he was a little boy he has always been so smart.”

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