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Stabbed pupil Ajmol Alom achieved top grades

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Media captionAjmol Alom had dreamed of being a doctor

A would-be doctor who was stabbed to death last week achieved top grades in his GCSEs, his teacher has revealed.

Ajmol Alom, 16, was "one of our brightest prospects", said his headmaster at Langdon Park School in Poplar, east London.

He died after he was wounded in the thigh in Poplar on 12 August.

The teenager achieved eight grade As in subjects including English literature, maths, science and geography, and three B grades.

He also achieved grade As in religious studies and citizenship; and B grades in English language, humanities and physical education.

"One of the careers he was considering was in medicine, and these results would have made that a very real possibility in terms of university entrance," head teacher Chris Dunne said.

"He was very able, looking forward to GCSE results at a very high level and very capable of going on to achieve the kind of grades which would have secured him a place at any one of our best universities."

'Brightest prospects'

He said he had interviewed Ajmol for a place in the school's new sixth form a few weeks ago, and he would remember most "how hardworking he was as a student, and how very decent he was as a person".

Image caption Ajmol Alom was described as a "bright prospect" by his head teacher

"He would always have been the last person to boast of his ability," Mr Dunne said.

"His friends could rely on him for help if they needed it, not for arrogance or scorn."

The teacher said his last memory of Ajmol, who was a keen boxer, was when he volunteered to be part of a peace project in Northern Ireland.

"We are constantly bombarded with negative stories about young people, about their poor attitudes and anti-social behaviour," Mr Dunne said.

"Working in schools and youth clubs for the past 40 years I have learned the opposite, that the vast majority of young people are in fact very decent, and undoubtedly go on to be equally decent adults.

"Our school, our community, our country has just lost one of its brightest prospects and we are all rightly shocked and depressed by it.

"The best comfort we can take from it is that, for however a short a time, those of us that knew Ajmol knew a very splendid young man and a fine citizen."

Aminur Nazir Khan, 19, of Robin Hood Gardens, has been charged with the murder of Ajmol and attempted murder of Azime Rob, also 16.

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