A teenage asylum seeker has excelled in his exams despite fearing deportation to Pakistan.

Somer Umeed Bakhsh of Springburn Academy earned four As and a B in his Highers.

The 16-year-old, who aspires to be an astrophysicist, got As in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and English and a B in Design and Manufacture.

Somer and his family, his mum Parveen and dad Maqsood have received public support in their bid not to be deported to Pakistan where they fear persecution for their Christian faith.

He said: “I’m extremely pleased with my exam results.

“I want to thank my primary school teachers who provided me with a strong foundation and my secondary school teachers who put in the hard work and taught me.

“I am also very thankful for my parents who, despite the stressful situation, always encouraged and supported me.

“Above all, I want to thank God who helped me to stay focused on my studies in the midst of these tough times.”

Nearly 94,000 people have signed two petitions calling on the Home Office not to deport Somer and his brother, Areeb, 14, from Scotland.