Liam was expelled before coming to Bethnal Green Academy and now has 6 GCSEs
PUBLISHED: 14:09 22 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:41 22 August 2014
Liam Joseph-Beckles has been expelled from several schools and was not educated in mainstream provision.
But he changed his life around when he enrolled at Bethnal Green Academy just 18 months ago and has passed in six GCSEs in English Language, English literature, maths, drama, science and hospitality.
“I used to get bullied and couldn’t handle it and got in to fights,” he admits.
“I didn’t know how else to react and how to express my emotions. I wasn’t in focus, wasn’t concentrating and didn’t do what the teacher asked. I didn’t listen very well.”
He got excluded from his last school after a fight with another student.
“I was thinking if I find a new school I’ll still get kicked out,” Liam recalls. “It’s happened to me before and I got used to it. I thought it was the end.”
Then his mum decided he must go to a school away from his Hackney neighbourhood and sent him to Bethnal Green where everything fell into place.
“I’ve had bullying since, but I can handle it now,” he said. “I don’t listen to them. It doesn’t mean anything. I just walk away or count in my head to calm down.”
Liam isn’t among the A* pupils. But he got his target grades—a B and five Cs. He now goes on to A-levels next term and eventually wants to go on to uni, but admits he will need higher grades. His ambition is to become an actor.