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The Fast and the Studious

Aminul Mishu Alam, 16, walks past the parked supercars.

School friends Jannat and Wahid sit in a Maybach.

In Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived parts of London, 16-year-olds are increasingly spending large sums of money to rent luxury cars for their National Record of Achievement ceremony. The teenagers, who are too young to drive, are chauffered around the neighbourhood and attend the ceremony at school, often before spending a night on the town.