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Lucky 13 Usman sets the standard

A WONDERKID from Olton scooped 13 A* GCSE's - ranking him as one of the most talented teenagers in the country.

A WONDERKID from Olton scooped 13 A* GCSE's - ranking him as one of the most talented teenagers in the country.

Bright spark Usman Siddiqui who attended Kind Edward VI School in Kings Heath admitted that he was 'shocked but proud' to achieve the incredible feat.

"I worked hard, but I didn't dedicate my life to revision," said the modest 16-year-old.

"I just focussed on my weaker subjects, but it's great to receive such high marks."

This year the majority of Solihull pupils took ten GCSE's with 72.8 per-cent of them gaining A*-C passes.

But not Usman, he sat 13, and recorded top-grade results in all the compulsory subjects that students must take, as well as high-flying marks in ICT, religious studies, history, statistics, Arabic, French and German.

The former Kineton Green and Langley Junior School pupil surprised himself and his head teacher, but most of all his father Athar, who collected the results for him.

"I always knew he was a clever lad, but to achieve 13 A* grades is phenomenal," said the ICT consultant.

"I was absolutely elated when I seen the results, but I had to double-check with the head teacher to see if they were correct!"

After receiving the impressive results, the regular gym-goer has decided to stay on at sixth form where he will study four A-levels - maths, economics, biology and chemistry.

Usman has set the standard for his seven-year-old sister, who Athar claims is a 'clever little clogs' and he may follow in the footsteps of his brother who is currently studying economics at Manchester University.

As for a future job, the young prodigy insists he is 'keeping his options open' but is hoping something will be waiting for him when his time comes.

 

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