Passing the maths GCSE is daunting enough for most students, but one bright spark in Luton managed to achieve an A* in his exam, and he’s only nine years old.
Abhinav Santhiramohan of Birdsfoot Lane was thrilled with his amazing grade, and said he found the exam “easy”.
The Meads Primary School student studied for the GCSE at Ryde College which is based in Hertfordshire.
Abhinav said: “I found the exam ok, it was easy compared to the practice papers I have done. I enjoy maths. I might to an A-level in a couple of years. I will definitely carry on with maths.
“My friends were really surprised, they didn’t think I would get A*. When I first started GCSE I thought I would get a B or something, but by the time of the exam I was confident I would get A*.
“My mum is really supportive and my family are all so proud of me.”
During maths lessons at school Abhinav was given GCSE work to do.
He said: “My teacher is really encouraging, she gives me different work to do in lessons which I sometimes do with my friend.”
Abhinav said he also enjoys art and science, but he won’t be taking any exams in those just yet.
Proud mum Vani said: “I am very proud of him, we are all feeling so happy. He loves maths, he is always talking about maths. He was asking me big maths questions and I though maybe he could do GCSE. I took him t othe college and he got on really well. He picked it up quickly and found it very easy and fun. He studied really hard.”
Abhinav celebrated his achievement with a special trip to the cinema to see Despicable Me 2 with his family and cousins.
Dr Mike Ryde principle of Ryde College said, “Abhinav’s achievement shows that students can pass their exams with top grades if given the opportunity. The current educational system can hold back many of the younger students only allowing them to study and take their exams at the prescribed age. Studying at a younger age can capitalise on a child’s subject interest and can often motivate them in their general education and stimulate academic ambition.”
Ryde College holds a 100 per cent record for GCSE passes with the majority of students studying for their exams in only nine months.
They say this enables youngsters to spread out their examinations over their academic career and reduces the pressure in year 11.