A Laisterdyke Leadership Academy pupil has been named as Star Student – Under 16 in the Bradford Telegraph & Argus Education Awards.

Year 11 pupil Dawud Ghafar was described as a “true inspiration” in his nomination form, written by his former maths teacher Khawer Iqbal, for battling against significant adversity to excel at school.

Dawud, who is a carer for his mum who suffers from chronic asthma and who also had to cope with the death of his father from pneumonia in 2015, suffers from juvenile arthritis and alopecia.

Mr Iqbal said:

“Despite all the hardships throughout his young life, Dawud 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 these challenges, Dawud also cares 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. Dawud is a true inspiration to me, his teachers and to all youngsters out there.”

Karen Jones, Principal at Laisterdyke Leadership Academy, said:

“Dawud is a hardworking, star student. We are all extremely proud of him here at Laisterdyke.”

Dawud also won the Inspirational Young Person’s category in the 2017 WellChild Awards after being nominated by his Community Play Specialist Lisa Smith.

Dawud Ghafar has been named as Star Student – Under 16 in the Bradford Telegraph & Argus Education Awards