She fought for the right of women to an education in her homeland, and took a bullet in her brain from Taliban gunmen.

Malala Yousafzai proved that no weapon or death threat could stand in the way of her dream as she walked proudly into her new class for the first time.

The Pakistani teenager took part in lessons at a girls’ school in Birmingham just weeks after being released from hospital.

With a pink floral rucksack slung over her shoulder, the smiling 15-year-old was joined by her father as she arrived at the £10,000-a-year Edgbaston High School for girls.

She 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.’

Malala survived an assassination attempt in October and has hours of surgery in Britain after a bullet grazed her brain.

It is thought she will secure permanent residence in Britain after her father, Ziauddin, found work at the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham.

The Pakistani government is paying her school fees.