This teenager came to the UK two years ago speaking no English. Now he has an A* English literature GCSE

Friday 21 August 2015 08:00
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Kristof Kokosi, 16, was celebrating an A* in English literature last night despite arriving in the country just two years ago hardly speaking a word of English.

The pupil at Ark Elvin Academy in Wembley, London, came to the UK from Hungary.

I started GCSEs without much English knowledge and during those years I've been working extra hard.

I started by memorising 30 to 40 words each day and practised speaking and writing because it wasn't easy. In the second year I stayed at school until 7pm sometimes.

Kristof says his teachers helped by staying behind with him to improve his learning, which has inspired him to take up teaching as a career himself.

Yesterday he gained A* grades in English literature, maths and geography, as well as three more As, a B and two Cs.

Congratulations to him and everyone else who got their results.

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