Ticket to Cambridge from Havering Sixth Form College for baker’s boy
PUBLISHED: 10:00 15 August 2015
Munaib Chowdhury, 18, from Forest Gate, is going to Cambridge University to study medicine after achieving a fantastic 4 A*s.
The Havering Sixth Form College got a grand slam in in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Extended Project, and a B grade in AS Further Maths.
Munaib came to Havering Sixth Form from Forest Gate Community School and lives in Forest Gate.
“I’m insatiably happy,” he told the Recorder after picking up his results.
“This is hardly my work, this is my teachers’ work.”
As well as his A-level subjects, Munaib completed an extended project in pharmacology and performance enhancement, looking at drugs which improve cognitive performance.
But despite his fantastic results, Munaib jokingly insisted he did not take any of the substances he was studying.
“There was a rumour going round that I was taking the drugs, it was slightly awkward,” he said.
“I’m pleasantly surprised with the results. This is what I was hoping for – in a wishful moment of arrogance I felt like I had at least 2 A*s.
“But the last two days have been hell. I haven’t slept in 48 hours.
“I’m going home to sleep and switch off my phone – the stress has broken me.”
Munaib, whose dad works in the bakery at Sainsbury’s and whose mum is a receptionist at a GP surgery, said he decided to study medicine as it combined all the subjects he was interested in.
“I’ve done this of my own volition – my family would have been proud of me whatever I got,” he said.
He said he is interested in focusing on computational medicine, but is keeping an open mind.
“It would be stupid to decide now,” he said.
The prodigy praised the college, in particular its careers advice team and former assistant principal David Andrews.
“I couldn’t have gotten my grades if it wasn’t for my teachers,” he said
“I will always remember these people and what they have done for me.”