“I have done this for my father."
A GCSE student collected his results on August 20, 2020, and paid tribute to his father who died while serving on the frontline in the battle against Coronavirus.
Taha Khan is the son of dedicated hospital consultant Dr Nasir Khan who died in April 2020 at the age of 46 after contracting the virus.
He had been working at Dewsbury and District Hospital in West Yorkshire during the height of the pandemic.
His 16-year-old son, a pupil at Essa Academy, wants to now become a doctor after being inspired by his father’s courage.
Taha said: “I am proud of my results and I hope my dad is proud of me.
“I want to go to Runshaw College to do A-levels in biology chemistry and maths and follow in my dad’s footsteps, and study medicine and become a doctor.”
Taha received two 9s, two 8s, distinction star, two 7s and a 6.
Taha said: “My dad was working when the virus happened when others took time off to be safe he still went to work.
“I have done this for my father. Hopefully, I can go to university.”
The GCSE student added: “I have only been at the school since Year Nine and it has been good and the teachers have been very supportive and helpful.”
Headteacher Martin Knowles said: “Taha is such a bright and motivated pupil from a wonderful family.
“Since joining Essa in Year Nine, Taha has worked incredibly hard in all his subjects and we wish him all the best for his future.”
Taha joined his classmates to mark their outstanding achievements.
Bisan Absi received six 9s, two 7s and two 5s.
She said: “I feel amazing getting these grades, I have taken my education so seriously and then the exams were cancelled after how hard I worked.
“I was disappointed I didn’t sit my exams but thank goodness I got what I worked for.”
Bisan is also looking to study medicine after completing her A-Levels.
“I’m looking forward to going to getting into a routine again.”
Kamrul Haq achieved one 9, three 8s, one 7, distinction and two 6s, and is now looking to study engineering.
Kamrul said: “There is no other class like this, this has never happened to anyone in our age group.
“We have gone through a pandemic, we have missed out on so much like prom. But I’m sure we will stay in touch.
“This school, in my opinion, is one of the best, from the head to the staff they have a passion to make sure all of us are happy and safe, and enjoying our time here.
“The school is also investing in the facilities so we have a great experience.”
Mr Knowles said: “We are delighted to celebrate the GCSE results of the Class of 2020 after a challenging year for them and to see so many happy faces.
“We wish them well on the next step of their journey.
“A huge thank you goes to the staff as well as the parents and carers.”