A BUDDING St John's Wood artist celebrated success at a school design award ceremony.

Muhammad Basith, 13, was named as a finalist in the art and design category in this year's prestigious London Student Awards on Monday (Dec 14) night.

The awards celebrate the achievements of the next generation of writers, scientists, artists and musicians throughout London's secondary school.

Muhammad, a pupil at Quintin Kynaston School, in Marlborough Hill, was congratulated on his success by Apprentice star Tim Campbell and Diana Johnson, minister for London schools, at the Science Museum, in Exhibition Road, South Kensington.

The competition was open to all London students in years nine and 10, covering seven categories – art and design, music, drama, creative writing, business and enterprise, science and ICT.

This year's awards had the theme 'My School, My City and Me'.

In the art and design category, students were asked to design a poster about their school and Muhammed drew inspiration from his time at Quintin Kynaston School.

Diana Johnson said: "Congratulations to both Muhammad and Quintin Kynaston School on their success.

"Muhammad is a terrific example of the creativity and endeavour that exists within London's schools today, nurtured by passionate and talented teachers and staff.

"I wish all entrants this year every success in the future."