A Brighton teenager bowed out of one of the world’s leading schools after the head teacher told him: “We’re not a good fit for each other.”
Jake, who was 18 when he took part in the Channel 4 television programme Indian Summer School, was expelled six weeks into the six-month experiment.
The youngster, now 19, had struggled to fit in at the Doon School – described as India’s Eton – and was thrown out for missing classes and breaking the rules.
“It’s just a very different, strange, weird environment,” Jake said.
“I’m not claustrophobic but it’s a prison. I don’t belong here at all. I’m completely out of my depth here.”
As he prepared to fly home, he said: “This was just, like, an opportunity but I’ve wasted it.”
In the first of three episodes, last week, Jake, 18, was filmed pursuing his passion for skateboarding in Brighton before flying out to the boarding school, in northern India.
The aim was to pass some GCSEs, having left school in Brighton without qualifications.
He was one of five white British boys to take part in the three-part documentary, with the second episode aired this evening (Thursday 5 April).
One of the other boys, Jack, also 18, said: “Jake just likes making snide remarks all the time.”
Before taking the decision to expel Jake, Doon’s head teacher Matthew Raggett said: “You’ve got break this cycle.”
And Jake said: “I will try to better myself. I’ve got the problem of speaking before I think.”
He missed his final two years of schooling in Brighton and Hove and said: “I just didn’t like being told what to do and having to be somewhere at a certain time.”
His mum, Jenny, widowed when Jake was just five years old, said that she had found it hard to keep him in line as a child.
She told the cameras: “I’ve never been particularly disciplined with him.”
Mr Raggett praised the “best version” of Jake – warm and charming – but he asked the youngster to leave after a series of problems.
On Twitter earlier Jake said: “Don’t underestimate me. All you’ve seen is the worst of me. They wouldn’t film me studying or doing anything productive and portrayed me as a bad kid.”
He added: “Think again before you watch this documentary as they only put in what they want you to see.”
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