A STUDENT from Slough battled it out on a popular Channel 4 TV programme.

Ayshmit Sethi, 16, of Slough, took to the big screen as he competed in the game show, Countdown, hosted by Anne Robinson.

The episode, which aired on January 25, saw Ayshmit use his knowledge and skills to try and beat his opponent Dan.

Ayshmit, who is a pupil at Claires Court Independent School, Maidenhead, was lucky enough to have a chat with both Anne Robinson and maths expert, Anne-Marie Imafidon, before filming.

He said: “It was an amazing experience, I didn’t even expect to get through but it was really cool and it exceeded my expectations.

“Anne was really nice and supportive, she explained the rules of the game before we started filming the show and she guided me through it all.”

Royal Borough Observer: A screenshot of Ayshmit in action on Channel 4's catch up of Countdown. A screenshot of Ayshmit in action on Channel 4's catch up of Countdown.

After an impressive game, Ayshmit scored 34 against Dan, who scored 97 points.

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Ayshmit is currently studying physics, chemistry, biology and maths at A-Level.

And he hopes to go on to read medicine as university.

Ayshmit’s mother, Ravinder Sethi, said he has always been an exceptional child.

She said: “To say I’m proud of both my children is an understatement.

“Ayshmit’s cooks, cleans, does all the housework and also spends time with me and asks about my day.”

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Mrs Sethi added Ayshmit is full of empathy and is a very caring and compassionate person. 

“I have heard nothing but praises from all the teachers, not just about how well he’s doing at school, but how well-mannered and soft spoken he is,” she said.

“Since he was selected for Countdown, every single teacher and his fellow students have been congratulating him and supporting him.”

Ayshmit explained he would apply for another TV game show at some point when he has the chance to.

He said he would love to try out for ITV’s The Chase in the future.