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Students from deprived east London borough win private college scholarships worth £1million

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Students at a London academy in one of the most deprived areas in the country have won scholarships worth nearly £1million to top independent schools.

A dozen high achieving pupils from Cumberland School in Plaistow have been offered all expenses paid places to fee paying sixth forms, including to Francis Holland in Chelsea where alumni include Senna Miller, Jemima Khan and Cara Delevingne.

The majority of the students at Cumberland come from immigrant and working class backgrounds, with some families fleeing from hardship and war in countries such as Sudan and Ethiopia.

Naomi Tchesse will be attending Wellington College

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Minnat Mohammed, 15 from Plaistow, is attending University College School and taking A Levels in maths English, physics and chemistry.

Both of her parents left Sudan to escape civil war in the 2000s. She said they are “extremely proud” of her.

“It has been an incredible journey for my parents leaving Sudan and coming to the UK,” she said. “They cannot believe I am going to be attending a really, really top private school.

“They are so incredible proud of me. It is a bit overwhelming.

“People from my background do not normally get chances like this. I am very aware that this has completely changed my life. I am going to grab it with both hands.”

Elle Wellingbrook is attending Francis Holland

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Ella Wellingbrook, 15, from Canning Town, has been offered a place at the private Francis Holland School in Chelsea.

Ella, whose father is a lorry driver and mother is a dinner lady, will study A Levels in geography, physics, and English literature.

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