When talking to Michael Rosselson you soon realise this teenager has gone through a tough time.
The 14-year-old from north London fell out with a gang leader at his former school and as a result was beaten up nearly every day.
The brave teenager finally told his parents of his ordeal and is now a student at the Red Balloon Learner Centre, which began taking pupils in April.
He said: "The bullies used to be my friends but I got in trouble with the leader of a gang at my school. They would call me names and I would try to walk away but then they would beat me up. It was like they had to prove something to the leader.
"I wasn't scared, I knew how they would think, but I was being beaten up nearly every day. I was always trying to avoid them and I couldn't concentrate at school."
Michael's grandmother contacted Red Balloon and he was given a place at the new Harrow centre.
He said: "Since I came to Red Balloon I am getting better at the subjects I was struggling at. I am thinking about things in a positive way. Before, I could do the work but because I was always distracted I couldn't get things done. I am now focusing especially on music. In my spare time I like to rap and hopefully one day I will make it in the music industry.
"If anyone is being bullied they should tell their parents. They will understand and someone out there can help."