Awards celebrate bright pupils of Barking and Dagenham

Mayor of Barking and Dagenham Eileen Keller presents an award to Joshua Illelaboye, who baged four A

Mayor of Barking and Dagenham Eileen Keller presents an award to Joshua Illelaboye, who baged four A* grades in his A-levels this year Picture: Princess Bright - Credit: Archant

“Exceptional” academic talent was honoured at Barking town hall.

Borough mayor Eileen Keller joined more than 150 people for the Bright Academy Awards, where Joshua Illelaboye, 18, talked about achieving four A*s at A level.

Pastor Gbolahan Ayorinde Bright, who runs the maths academy, said the event on Friday last week showed the importance of working hard.

“Joshua gave a speech to encourage people and let them know what it takes,” he said. “It was a really good event.”