Boy told he’d never be lawyer ‘because of where he’s from’ gets straight A GCSEs

A student who was told he’d never be a lawyer because of where he’s from got five A grades and six A*s in his GCSEs, gaining a scholarship in the process.

Dillon Donnelly, 15, said that people tell him that he will never make it in the prestigious career because he’s from Willesden, north west London.

But the Newman Catholic College pupil, who is the youngest to receive his GCSE’s at 15-years-old, not only gained exceptional results, but managed to secure a scholarship at the prestigious Radley College in Oxfordshire.

Dillon said: “When I tell people I want to be a lawyer they’ve said you can’t be a lawyer as you’re from Willesden.”

The teenager impressed heads at the boarding school who agreed to waive the £11,475 per term fee for the aspiring lawyer.

He said: “I want to prove that you can be a lawyer no matter where you are from and I aim to break those stereotypes. I am really happy.”

The London teen’s excellent grades mean that once he ventures off to university after completing his A-levels at the college, will make him the first in his family to pursue higher education.

The teenager said: “I’m just so proud of myself and I’m looking forward to going to Radley College before I go on to the likes of Cambridge University to do my law degree.”

Among his outstanding scores, Dillon gained an A star in Drama, which the aspiring lawyer believes will come in handy as he joked that “being a lawyer means lots of bluffing.”

Students up and down the country yesterday received their results after a difficult school year.

The school in Harlesden where Dillon attended as a year 11 pupil gained overall success.

Newman Catholic College performed a grade and a third better than expected, despite the challenging situation of dealing with Covid as well as navigating ever changing guidance.

The head of the North West London school, Danny Coyle expressed his delight in the students persevering through difficult times.

The head teacher said: “We are delighted with today’s results given the fact that the education of students has been disrupted halfway through year 10.

“Their perseverance and resilience have resulted in their outstanding achievements.

“We feel like this country is in good hands as these young people go on to bigger things.

“We congratulate them all.”