Ahmed Jumeh joined the Liverpool Life Sciences UTC in October 2015, starting a little late into his term as a year 10 student.
Residing from Toxeth, Ahmed faced a tumultuous time in year 10. Joining the UTC from another school, Ahmed was struggling behaviourally and even faced the risk of exclusion within his first few weeks here.
However, remarkably, 2 years on, Ahmed has turned things around and is now one of the top performing students in his year group. Personable, fully-engaged and politically active, Ahmed’s story is a testament to his determination to succeed.
We sat down with him to discuss his academic journey so far.
What’s been your biggest challenge since studying here?
AJ: “Maintaining composure. It’s easy to get in with a bad crowd when you’re younger and I think you realise this more as you get older. I’ve come a long way and it’s important to still have a laugh with friends, but there’s a time and a place.”
What makes this different to your previous schools?
AJ: “I remember arriving at the UTC for my interview and my first impression is was “this isn’t a school!” Everything from the classroom environment to the way you are treated makes it feel much more like a workplace. This was shock to the system, having come from a more conservative school so set in its ways.
You’re instantly encouraged to take more responsibility for your actions here, there are less warnings, no detentions etc. so if you mess up, you have to deal with that. The thing about the UTC is that when you start to work hard, everyone realises your potential and supports you and it just grows from there.”
What’s the best thing about the UTC?
AJ: “I’d have to say the strong relationship between teachers and students. Because of the size of the school, teaching staff get to know you and take an interest in you personally. In the likes of larger schools/colleges/comprehensives, students get lost in the ether as there are simply too many faces to remember.”
What advice, if any, would you give other students?
AJ: “I’d say compartmentalise yourself. You really need to bring your studious side out whenever you’re here. Take advantage of all the opportunities and most importantly absorb it all! You have all the time in the world to do whatever you want after school but while you’re here, you have to take it all in, you owe it to yourself.”
What’s been your biggest achievement?
“Due to my competitive nature I want to do well! I’d site the strong change in my attitude as an achievement in itself. Also, I was proud of my GCSE results comprising of mostly A*s and A’s.”
What do you hope to achieve in the future?
AJ: “I’d like to be a politician. I can possibly see myself following in my father’s footsteps as a political analyser. I think I could make more of an immediate impact doing this in my home country of Yemen, however I’d be equally happy representing Parliament in the UK.”
Anything to add?
AJ: “I want to say a massive thank you to my parents – I will make you proud!”
Thank you Ahmed, you’re a credit to the Lifesciences UTC and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!