Aspergers sufferer Matthew was denied a place at his school’s sixth form after achieving a range of C and B grades at GCSE.
But Bilton School, a comprehensive in Warwickshire, spotted his potential and took him on.
After two years of hard work, Matthew is today heading off to Stafford University to read ICT and computer animation after achieving a B in ICT and photography and a D in product design at A level.
Meanwhile 19-year-old Sam completed year 12 at Boys’ Grammar and was advised not to continue to year 13.
Bilton took him on and achieved a B in biology and sociology and a C in history.
Headteacher Patsy Weighill said: “It is fantastic to see our first cohort of Bilton students achieve so brilliantly.
“Ours is a truly inclusive sixth form where students from all starting points are successful in achieving outcomes that enable them to make positive choices about their future.
“I am enormously proud of our students and the staff who have supported them to achieve so well.”