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GCSE star hopes to inspire little sisters

TAKE THAT: Smart schoolgirl Adetomike Adeniji, left, celebrated top GCSE results this morning

ONE BIG sister has raised the bar for her younger siblings after acing her GCSEs.

Adetomike Adeniji, 16, of east London, achieved four A*s in history, biology, chemistry, religious studies and fours As in maths, human physiology, English and English literature.

The hardworking pupil also found time to do an AS in philosophy and passed that with flying colours scoring yet another A.

She said: "I am so proud of my GCSE results. My family are too.

"I'm the eldest of four. I have three younger sisters and I would tell them and other young people, that you should always try your best. Never give up. If you really want something, you can achieve it."

In September, Adetomike plans to start A-levels in maths, history, biology and chemistry at Bishop Challoner Sixth Form, in Tower Hamlets, to help fulfill her ambition become a dentist.

She added: "I love biology and chemistry - but my inspiration for doing well is that I want to go to Uni."

Adetomike's success is reflective of a an overall improvement in GCSE achievement at Tower Hamlet schools over the past few years.

In 2011, GCSE results were the best ever with more than 61 per cent of pupils gaining 5 A*-C grades including English and maths – well above the 58.9 per cent.

Tower Hamlets Council launched the Mayor's Education Award in the same year as a replacement for the Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) scrapped by the coalition Government.

The council will introduce the Aim Higher Programme this year to further support students aged between 14 and 19.

Aim Higher provides young people with essential career management, employability and academic skills allowing them to build a successful and rewarding career.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: "Education is an opportunity. It is a chance to open new doors, build communities and change the lives of young people in Tower Hamlets."

"These two schemes will help our young people to continue this improvement, ensuring that being the first generation to attend university and financial concerns, will not be a barrier to success," he added.