Super student returns to his former school

Award:  The ADAM award is to be presented in Adam Bradford's honour at The Grove School.                                 Picture: Star Photographer.
Award: The ADAM award is to be presented in Adam Bradford's honour at The Grove School. Picture: Star Photographer.
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A TEENAGER from Sheffield who passed a staggering 27 GCSEs with top grades is returning to his old school next week - where an award is to be named after him.

Adam Bradford, aged 19, moved from his former secondary school, Westfield Sports College in Sheffield, to The Grove School in Newark just months before his final exams.

And despite enduring hours of commuting each day Adam, from Waterthorpe, collected an incredible clutch of 27 top grade GCSEs.

Now The Grove School has created the ADAM Award - to be presented to a student with Aspiration, Determination and Motivation and who has Achieved.

Adam, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, said he was proud to be honoured in such a way.

“I believe anyone can succeed despite what is in their way and I aim to prove that through my story,” he said.

“I can’t wait to hear the story of another young person who has done fantastic things despite adversity.

“Young people are the future of the economy and society - they deserve support and encouragement to achieve their potential.

He added: “I am really happy to be a part of that.”

After leaving school, Adam studied A-levels at Sheffield College - before launching his own IT business with the support of Levi Roots, the Reggae Reggae Sauce entrepreneur.

The teenager also pitched his business ideas to entrepreneur Peter Jones, and is now a national ambassador for Jones’ enterprise academy.

“It’s an exciting time - I have an office now in London though I am still based in Sheffield,” Adam told The Star.

The young businessman said: “I am also a Young Advisor here, working as part of a team to influence youth policies and helping organisations to understand how young people work.”

Adam’s latest project is called The Initiative.

The scheme aims to unlock business potential within young people who need mentoring, training and inspiration and help them o set up their own successful companies.

It has just won funding from UnLtd - the foundation for social entrepreneurs.