Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has attended her first day of school just weeks after being released from hospital.

The 15-year-old participated in lessons at the Edgbaston High School for girls in Birmingham on Tuesday.

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Malala will soon be able to select her subjects for GCSEs

She survived an assassination attempt by the fundamentalist political group in October last year and underwent hours of surgery in the UK to try to repair the damage caused by a bullet which grazed her brain.

Doctors in Birmingham discharged her from hospital last month and it is thought Malala will secure permanent residence in the UK.

She joined the girls in Year 9 and will be studying a full curriculum in preparation for selecting her subjects for GCSEs.

Malala said: "I am excited that today I have achieved my dream of going back to school. I want all girls in the world to have this basic opportunity.

"I miss my classmates from Pakistan very much but I am looking forward to meeting my teachers and making new friends here in Birmingham."

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Malala Yousafzai and her father Ziauddin on the day she went to school in Birmingham

Gisela Stuart, MP for Edgbaston, described Malala as an 'inspiration'.

"I am so proud of Malala and her family who have supported her," Stuart told The Huffington Post UK.

"She is an inspiration, she and young women across the world need our support. Malala and her brothers will get a good education in Birmingham and I know that she will get first class medical care in the local hospital.

"It is fitting that her first day at school should be in Edgbaston, the constituency which has been represented by women for 60 years now. A record not matched by any other place"

Others took to Twitter in response to the news, including Piers Morgan, who said:


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Look who's back at school today:

While UN Women Watch tweeted:


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MT ‏@PencilsOfPromis "All children should be able to go to school bc it is their basic right" back to school

When she was shot on 9 October last year, the bullet entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, "grazing" her brain. It was later removed by surgeons in Pakistan before she was flown to the UK.

Malala, from the town of Mingora in the Swat district, was targeted by the Taliban for backing women's rights and their right to an education.

Despite her severe injuries, she has made a good recovery, and was pictured in November sitting up in her bed reading cards and messages from supporters, then smiling and waving as she left hospital last month.

It is thought the teenager will secure permanent residence in the UK after her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, was appointed as an education attache with the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham for three years.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai accompanied by his 12 year old son Khushal (left) talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai accompanied by his 12 year old son Khushal (left) talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai (left) talks with Dr David Rosser, Medical Director after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai accompanied by his 12 year old son Khushal with Medical Director Dr David Rosser talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

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    Ziauddin Yousufzai accompanied by his 12 year old son Khushal (left) talks to the media after visiting his daughter Malala at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham today.

  • Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan, in her hospital bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

    Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan, in her hospital bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

  • Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan, in her hospital bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

    Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan, in her hospital bed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

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    Security patrol the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, where Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan is being treated.

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    Dr Dave Rosser, Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, speaks to the media during a briefing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, to update on the condition of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan.

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    Dr Dave Rosser, Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, speaks to the media during a briefing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, to update on the condition of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan.

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    Dr Dave Rosser, Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, speaks to the media during a briefing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, to update on the condition of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan.

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    Dr Dave Rosser, Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, speaks to the media during a briefing at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, to update on the condition of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by a Taliban gunman in Pakistan.

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    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

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    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

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    Campaigners gather for a vigil for 14 year old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, in Birmingham's Victoria Square today.

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    Campaigners including 9 month old Mnaha Zoya gather for a vigil for 14 year old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, in Birmingham's Victoria Square today.

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    Campaigners gather for a vigil for 14 year old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, in Birmingham's Victoria Square today.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Campaigners gather for a vigil for 14 year old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, in Birmingham's Victoria Square today.

  • An ambulance believed carrying 14-year-old Malala Yusufza who was attacked by the Taliban for advocating women s education rights as arriving to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment on her injuries in Birmingham central England 15 October 2012. Reports state that she was travelling from Islamabad with her parents and medical staff after being shot in the head and neck in a Taliban attack. The British government confirmed that Malala will be cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham which has a specialist trauma unit and is a key centre for treating soldiers injured in conflict. EPA/ANDREW FOX

  • A police officer stands guard at the entrance of Emergency Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where 14-year-old Malala Yusufza who was attacked by the Taliban for advocating women s education rights arrived for treatment on her injuries in Birmingham central England 15 October 2012. Reports state that she was travelling from Islamabad with her parents and medical staff after being shot in the head and neck in a Taliban attack. The British government confirmed that Malala will be cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham which has a specialist trauma unit and is a key centre for treating soldiers injured in conflict. EPA/ANDREW FOX

  • An ambulance believed carrying 14-year-old Malala Yusufza who was attacked by the Taliban for advocating women s education rights arrive with police escort to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment on her injuries in Birmingham central England 15 October 2012. Reports state that she was travelling from Islamabad with her parents and medical staff after being shot in the head and neck in a Taliban attack. The British government confirmed that Malala will be cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham which has a specialist trauma unit and is a key centre for treating soldiers injured in conflict. EPA/ANDREW FOX

  • An undated handout photograph released by University Hospitals Birmingham on 15 October 2012 showing Dave Rosser Executive Medical Director at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Reports state on 15 October 2012 that Dave Rosser medical director at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital said that Malala Yusufzai The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by Taliban gunmen has a chance of making a good recovery. Malala Yusufza who was attacked by the Taliban for advocating women s education rights was flown from Islamabad with her parents and medical staff to be cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham which has a specialist trauma unit and is a key centre for treating soldiers injured in conflict EPA

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    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

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    The plane containing Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    The plane containing Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    The plane containing Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

  • Shot schoolgirl treated in the UK

    Malala Yousafzai, 14, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen arrives in the UK at Birmingham Airport.

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    Pakistani demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the assassination attempt on child activist Malala Yousafzai, in Lahore on October 11, 2012. The Pakistani child activist that shot in the head by the Taliban was airlifted to the country's top military hospital for specialist treatment, is still in a critical condition, officials said. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the Swat valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than USD 100,000 for the capture of her attackers. AFP PHOTO / Arif Ali

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    A Pakistani veiled activist of an Islamic Sunni Tehreek party carries a placard during a protest against the assassination attempt by Taliban on child activist Malala Yousafzai, in Islamabad on October 14, 2012. A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban in retaliation for her campaign for the right to education, is making 'slow and steady progress' in her recovery, the military said. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

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    Pakistani leaders of the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) sit under a photograph of child activist Malala Yousafzai during a protest procession against the assassination attempt by Taliban, in Karachi on October 14, 2012. A Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai shot in the head by the Taliban because she campaigned for the right to education is making 'slow and steady progress' in her recovery, the military said. AFP PHOTO / RIZWAN TABASSUM

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    Pakistani demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against the assassination attempt on child activist Malala Yousafzai, in Lahore on October 11, 2012. The Pakistani child activist that shot in the head by the Taliban was airlifted to the country's top military hospital for specialist treatment, is still in a critical condition, officials said. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the Swat valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than USD 100,000 for the capture of her attackers. AFP PHOTO / Arif Ali

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    Pakistani school girls pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, at their school in Peshawar on October 12, 2012. Pakistanis at mosques across the country prayed Friday for the recovery of a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban as doctors said the next two days were critical. AFP PHOTO / A. MAJEED

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    Pakistani civil society activists and journalists carry candles and photographs of gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai during a protest against the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai, in Islamabad on October 11, 2012. The Pakistani child activist that shot in the head by the Taliban was airlifted to the country's top military hospital for specialist treatment, is still in a critical condition, officials said. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the Swat valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than USD 100,000 for the capture of her attackers. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHI

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    Pakistani demonstrators carry photographs of gunshot victim and child activist Malala Yousafzai during a protest against her assassination attempt, in Karachi on October 11, 2012. The Pakistani child activist that shot in the head by the Taliban was airlifted to the country's top military hospital for specialist treatment, is still in a critical condition, officials said. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the Swat valley has been denounced worldwide and by the Pakistani authorities, who have offered a reward of more than USD 100,000 for the capture of her attackers. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

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    Pakistani students pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai at a school in Mingora on October 11, 2012. The horrific attack on a Pakistani child rights activist, shot in the head by the Taliban in front of terrified schoolgirls, has raised fears that targeted attacks are on the rise in the Swat valley. Malala Yousafzai, 14, who won international recognition for a blog about the horrors of life under the Taliban and a campaign for the right to an education, is the highest-profile target of militants in Swat for more than three years. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMAD REHMAN

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    Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (L) briefs the media after visiting child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, in Rawalpindi on October 12, 2012. The next 36 to 48 hours will be critical for a Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, the military said on October 12, calling on the nation to pray for her recovery. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

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    Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (C) arrives at a military hospital to visit child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, in Rawalpindi on October 12, 2012. The next 36 to 48 hours will be critical for a Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, the military said on October 12, calling on the nation to pray for her recovery. AFP PHOTO / AAMIR QURESHI

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    Pakistani Muslims pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, during a Frdiay prayers in Karachi on October 12, 2012. Pakistanis at mosques across the country prayed Friday for the recovery of a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban as doctors said the next two days were critical. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

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    A Pakistani Muslim prays for the recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, during a Frdiay prayers in Karachi on October 12, 2012. Pakistanis at mosques across the country prayed Friday for the recovery of a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban as doctors said the next two days were critical. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

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    Pakistani Muslims pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, during a Frdiay prayers in Karachi on October 12, 2012. Pakistanis at mosques across the country prayed Friday for the recovery of a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban as doctors said the next two days were critical. AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

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    Pakistani school girls pray for the early recovery of child activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head in a Taliban assassination attempt, at their school in Peshawar on October 12, 2012. Pakistanis at mosques across the country prayed Friday for the recovery of a schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban as doctors said the next two days were critical. AFP PHOTO / A. MAJEED

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    Pakistani hospital workers carry injured Malala Yousafzai, 14, on a stretcher at a hospital following an attack by gunmen in Mingora on October 9, 2012. A teenage Pakistani children's rights activist was shot in the head in an assassination attempt as she boarded a school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of Swat, officials said. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)