2012 Winner

In 2012, Imran Sanaullah was presented the inaugural Naz Bokhari Award by Olympic taekwondo bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad. Imran was successful in achieving a place at Westminster University to study Law.

Imran gave a speech in which he said:
“Winning the Naz Bokhari Award has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. At first when the award was being announced, I just thought it was just another award that I would not win. But when my name was said, I can truly say that it was the first in my life that I have ever been speechless. It has also been the best surprise that I have ever been given, for which I would like to thank Ernest Bevin College, my teachers and especially the Naz Legacy Foundation. I now look forward to doing bigger and better things in the future with the help of the Naz Legacy Foundation.”

Sadiq Khan, then MP for Totting and former pupil of Naz Bokhari said:
“I am delighted that the inaugural Naz Bokhari Award has been presented to such a fantastic student. Imran Sanaullah is a worthy recipient, and I wish him every success with his future.”

Secretary of State for Education, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP said:
You have a great deal to be proud of in your academic achievements to date. I am sure that this award represents only the first stage in a long and distinguished professional career.
Naz Bokhari’s daughter, Hina Bokhari said:
“I think my father will be really proud of awarding the first pupil from Ernest Bevin College for their achievement in gaining university admission despite adversity. I am so grateful that Lutalo Muhammad had presented the award. My father inspired so many, just as the athletes this summer did. I hope the Naz Legacy Foundation can continue to make a positive difference.”

Mike Chivers and Rukhsana Sheikh, co-Principals of the College said:
“Imran is a very worthy recipient of the first Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award: he has worked hard and achieved his A Level grades enabling him to gain a place to study Law at the University of Westminster. However, he stood out not just for his academic achievement, but also for his commitment to helping others through his work with the College Council and other voluntary initiatives. We wish him and all the other young people who are graduating from Ernest Bevin College Sixth Form the very best for their future.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London said:
‘I am writing to congratulate you on the honour of receiving the first Ernest Bevin College Naz Bokhari Award. The award is named after Naz Bokhari OBE, the first Muslim headteacher in the UK. It symbolises the best values he promoted in his life; excellence in education and positive integration into British society.’