Muslim lawyer who became head of East London school gets 95% of pupils to university

Mouhssin Ismail [Image: Newham Recorder]

A Muslim headteacher who left his lucrative six-figure salary job as a lawyer is on the verge of sending 95 percent of his pupils to the best universities in the UK, the Evening Standard reports.

Mouhssin Ismail left world-renowned law firm Norton Rose Fulbright to become a teacher in his former neighbourhood of Newham in 2009.

He is now the head of Newham Collegiate Sixth Form where in his first year of results 190 of the 200 pupils were offered places at Russell Group universities.

Out of the 190 students, nine have been offered places from Cambridge or Oxford University – whilst one, Tafsia Shikdar has been given an unconditional offer to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.

Newham Collegiate Sixth Form serves one of the most deprived areas in Britain.

Mr Ismail said told the Evening Standard: “I am immensely proud of what they have achieved. For many of these students the idea of going to Oxford or Cambridge or Bath, Manchester or Bristol would have been inconceivable two years ago. Now it is within touching distance.”

The 38-year-old graduate from London School of Economics said that his decision to leave his well-paid law career on a night he was drafting a £50 million finance and banking deal.

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