Paul Lawrence, Raheem's football coach at Copland Community School in Wembley, says Raheem knew he had to do his school work so he didn't miss out on football practice.
Three students lost their places at university after a north-west London school gave them the wrong information about their A-Level course, the BBC are reporting.
Students at Copland Community School were told the AQA business studies course equated to two A-levels. However, on results day, they learned it was only worth one A-level.
Head teacher Dr Richard Marshall said: "This should never have happened." He said the school had helped one of the students to find a university place.
The former head of Copland School in Wembley will appear in court today charged with fraud. Sir Alan Davies is charged with conspiracy to defraud and fraud by abuse of position.
Five others are also being charged as part of the same investigation.