A FORMER Greenhead College student has gone on to reach the top of the psychiatry profession in London.
Professor Khalida Ismail, 47, who grew up in Longroyd Bridge, was delighted to be conferred with the title of Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine by the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London.
She is currently consultant psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital, London, specialising in diabetes and mental health.
But Mrs Ismail, who has two young children, has praised her home town of Huddersfield and her hardworking parents for the fantastic start they gave her when growing up.
Prof Ismail said: “My parents came over from Pakistan in the 1960s with money they borrowed from family and friends, and a wish for a better life for their two young sons.
“Myself and my two sisters were born in Huddersfield and my father Muhammad Ismail, worked in local mills and mother Allah Rakhi Ismail, worked in a factory.
“We all went to Spring Grove Primary School which had innovative teaching methods to support children like ourselves for whom English was a second language.
“My parents still live in Huddersfield. They had a successful career as shopkeepers and I am proud to say that my father continues to do public service as the lollipop man on Bradford Road.
“I am grateful to the town for giving my siblings and I a sense of place and home and so many opportunities.”
Prof Ismail studied at Greenhead College Sixth Form before she won a place at Cambridge to study law. After successfully completing her law degree at Cambridge she was awarded a place at Christ Church College, Oxford, to study medicine.
She qualified from the University of Oxford in 1989 and began her flourishing psychiatry career.
She added: “I’m very busy helping people to find better ways, psychologically, of looking after their health.
“I know my parents took a gamble leaving their loved ones back in Pakistan, but I am grateful to them as I’m sure I don’t think I would have had these opportunities otherwise.”